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Dernier dimanche matin de novembre 2008 à Mistissini

This @rticle was cre@ted by Djeault, on Sunday, November 30th, 2008 at 10:17 am

Des mots sur (ciel de) cuivre

Il est 6h33 du matin et les premières lueurs de l’aube appparaissent à L’Est ; je suis assis dans l’obscurité, pour qu’on ne me voit pas de l’extérieur, vu que mes rideaux opaques sont déjà ouverts, justement afin de jouir du lever du soleil, vu que la Météo indique un ciel variable pour ce dimanche, donc, des possibilités d’éclaircies… Six jeunes hommes passent en marchant dans la rue enneigée et éclairée par les lampadaires : ils sont emmitoufflés, capuchonnés, en route pour Dieu sait où, au Sud… Du orange lumière teint maintenant le bas de l’assez haute fente de bleu turquoise blanchi, qui se dessine à l’horizon, sous une épaisse strate de nuages, qui, finalement, réduisent cette fente colorée à un point orange, entre deux épinettes, au loin, sur la colline, à L’Est ; puis, ce point orange lumineux disparait, mais une bande orange obscur se fend un chemin dans le bas des gris bleux foncés de la strate nuageuse, puis elle s’éteint à son tour, mais le bleu-noir grisé des nuages peu à peu palit…

Un gros Collie jaune orange brûlé lumineux, bien poilu, comme un capitaine Haddock, et un petit chien tout noir, genre Milou, passent ensemble d’un bon pas vers le Sud, comme s’ils étaient à la recherche de Tintin, dans la grande Aventure de Tintin chez les Cries et les Cris ; quelques autos ou pick ups passent lentement et en silence dans les deux directions : une dizaine dans la dernière demie-heure. Un blanc pur, parsemé d’arbrisseaux et cloturé d’épinettes, voile maintenant le petit demi-pied de neige au sol et contraste doucement avec le gris bleué de la basse couche de nuages tout à fait lisse. Dans neuf heures, le soleil sera déjà recouché ; dans trois semaines les journées rallongeront à nouveau… Malgré les altostratus, à 7h45, la luminosité est agéable et ample, d’autant plus cette éclaircie de bleu lumière au Sud-Est, qui colore le jour en cours durant quelques minutes, pour ensuite recéder au gris bleu, son royaume…

Tiens, un autre jet de bleu ciel, à forme d’oeil, large comme la maison qu’il surplombe, à L’Est ! D’immenses masses cumulo-nuageuses blanches neige parsèment maintenant le dessous gris bleué de la nappe altostratienne ; l’oeil bleu ciel est disparu, mais d’autre bleu ciel perce un instant la strate gris blanche… Les éclaircies se font attendre, se montrent et disparaissent et le soleil gris lumineux se laisse deviner, jusqu’à ce que sa lumière illumine maintenant toute la maisonnée, d’autant plus qu’il vient à l’instant de peindre un instant la neige, en lumière et en ombres… 8h22, je vous souhaite une bonne journée ; 8h33 ; les éclaircies sont arrivées : des cumulus parsèment le ciel ; le cul des altostratus s’éloignent à l’horizon, vers L’Est de L’Ouest ! Le ciel est surtout bleu ; il est 8h44, à Mistissini, QC… Le ciel est maintenant tout bleu sans nul nuage ! ¡Qué bien!

Je m’en vais faire mon épicerie hebdomadaire tantôt, après une bonne douche chaude et un rasage de cet hirsute dans mon miroir ; le dimanche matin c’est tranquille au Metchoum@ +. Jojeault

Summer 2008: Six-Week Contract

This @rticle was cre@ted by Djeault, on Monday, June 30th, 2008 at 3:51 pm
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ESL Teaching at St-Louis Center

§ 1. Last week, I was given the task of taking care of adult ESL students at St-Louis Center, from July 2nd til August 8th… The Center gives secondary level courses to adult students, who wish to get their high school diploma, equivalencies or credits, so as to enter trade schools or CEGEP…

§ 2. At St-Louis Center, in ESL, the students work individually in their work books; they listen to audio material, on tapes or the Web… Nonetheless, social activities are regularly organised, such as canoeing, visits, etc.

§ 3. This week, only Wednesday, 2008jul02 is scheduled; the five following weeks, I teach Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, two one-hour periods, thus six hours a week; by the end of this week, I likely will know if I’ll give recuperation classes in ESL, five mornings a week, for a week or three…

§ 4. I could do both because afternoon classes don’t require much preparation, if any: adult students work individually; there’s no magisterial teaching as such, but rather occasional workshops, if any…

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81 days Substitute Teaching So Far

This @rticle was cre@ted by Djeault, on Monday, May 12th, 2008 at 7:14 pm
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Been working more than every other day…

§ 1. As of today, with this morning’s period, I have worked 81 days, since 2007sep24. There are 186 days of school in this school year; there are 27 days left and I missed 17 at the beginning of the school year = 44 days; 186 minus 44 days = 142 days; I worked 81 days on /142, thus better than a day on two: 57 %.

§ 2. Nevertheless, I started counting days towards a precarious status only on 2008jan24; at least, I did start counting: there’s a rule within this school board, by which you only start counting your days towards a precarious status, AFTER you’ve done a 20-day replacement: luckily enough I had 21 days in a row with the same teacher. Thus so far, I got 46 days in the bank towards that status: I’ve now travelled a quarter of the road to my precarious status…

§ 3. Today again I didn’t teach in ESL, but rather in geography; I had secondary II students whose teacher slept right through, was I told: thus, there was no course plan; neither was there a class plan, nor a student list. The precedent teacher played enigma with his students and let them free for the last 10 minutes.

§ 4. Thanks to The Simpsons; The Movie, after I sat my students down, so as to check absent students, I got to watch The Movie in French for the first time. In fact, The Movie does relate to geography and ecology! The students watched with great attention until the end of class. Mission accomplie and a 46th day /180…

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A Computer for Each QC Teacher

This @rticle was cre@ted by Djeault, on Monday, April 21st, 2008 at 10:37 am
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Do Soldiers Pay for Their Weapons?

§ 1. It seems that at this moment, a teacher cannot deduct the purchase of a (laptop) computer from his income because teachers are paid employees and not autonomous workers; on the other hand, yes, in schools, there are computers made available for the teachers in teachers’ headquarters, apart from the other computers in computer labs, school libraries and so on… However, what are you supposed to do, if another teacher already is using the computer shared by a few teachers?

§ 2. Indeed, teachers do know that some of us bring a lot of work at home… We create documents for our students, organize projects, seek information on the Web, participate in pedagogical or educational discussions in teachers or students’ blogs or Wikis… Therefore, since the computers at school aren’t in our homes, we need computers at home too, unless we have our very own laptop, which we can carry wherever we are.

hippocampus§ 3. Moreover, having your own computer is like having a third and fourth horn, grafted to your hippocampus; indeed, according to these two im@ges, THE hippocampus seems to be organized as my laptop’s double hard drives.

§ 4. The animated GIF comes from duke.edu, the PNG, from Wikipedia.

hippocampus§ 5. Could you imagine having someone else’s hippocampus, or shouldn’t we say hippocampa, grafted instead of yours! That would be like working with someone else’s computer, or sharing one with numerous other teachers… It appears to me that each teacher needs her, his very own computer, maybe even more so, a mobile substitute teacher like me.

§ 6. When you @ct and le@rn on the Web, you have different user names and passwords; you don’t want to constantly have to remember all of those details and that’s another reason why a teacher needs her, his very laptop. Moreover, for obvious security reasons, I wouldn’t want to set up all my user names and passwords on a shared computer: in the end, I required MY computer; I bought one!

§ 7. However, I won’t even be able to deduct it as an expense on my income tax report, even though others also seem to think a laptop is an essential tool for any teacher: see chez Sylvain or chez Pierre; even an April Fools’ Day prank was created by the Infobourg. Within certain jobs, when you go home, you may think about anything else but work; when you teach, however, you even dream about it. Your evenings, your weekends are filled with teaching related activities: corrections with positive feedback, class preparations, and so on…

§ 8. Throughout all that, we constantly need access to a computer and the Web: our own computer is a must; a constant @ccess to the Web seems to be another. The other day, for example, I explain it better here, students were working on a text, which mentioned the ‘Bonifacio Fortifications’; a quick se@rch led me to Wikipedia and I now know those fortifications are in Corsica: how could I have guessed it, if I hadn’t had a functional Internet @ccess?

§ 9. Frogs will bear feathers, when school boards offer a loan to substitute teachers, to help them get a laptop since they don’t even know how much work we’ll get, thus, if we’d be able to pay our loan back… Maybe, school boards, or even the MELS, should get into buying lots of laptops, so as to get the best prices; then, they could sell them to us teachers, at the best available prices. They could do a survey before, to know what the teachers want and then, buy so many MACs, so many PCs and so many exploitation licenses.

§ 10. The trouble all that would give to the school boards or the MELS would only compensate the fact that THEY should supply teachers with those tools, especially that we cannot deduct that expense: do soldiers have to pay for their weapons? What I’m suggesting here is that each teacher pays for its own laptop because it’s a private tool, which should be carefully cared for. Indeed, I’d want to keep my artificial hippocampa, in the event I change school board or job. As for a personal, nomad, unrestricted @ccess to the Web, it seems to me that in the best of worlds, it’d be another teaching related tool, which would also be tax deductible!

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QC s Crispy Crystalline Easters And…

This @rticle was cre@ted by Djeault, on Monday, March 24th, 2008 at 5:47 am
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Easter is the first Sunday after spring’s first full moon

Quebec, as far I remember, often if not always, has sunny Easter Sundays; this Easter 2008 is no exception. However, I spent one Easter, ±25 years ago, near Lynchburg, Tennessee, on a dairy farm with ± 100 heads, where I lived for six months; I forget that particular Easter, but I do remember that daily, seven days a week and from dawn to dusk, I worked, slow and steady, mostly with a team of Brown Swiss oxen, hauling, logging, ploughing, and so on… Every so often, I’d also work with a team of Holstein Oxen and other times, I’d keep the farm’s Long Horn Twins trained.

When I reconsider the size of a Brown Swiss ox or the span of horns of a Texas LongHorn bull, I feel respectful awe towards those powerful forces of Nature. The cornfields I ploughed with my Brown Swiss team and their steady strength still impress me. My Brown Swiss team followed me around like your dog would; while I’d eat lunch, I didn’t have to tie them up: they’d just wait patiently. In the morning, they’d be waiting for me at the gate, which lead to the fields, in which the dairy cows ate, lived and died…

§ 3. If I ever write my biography, I’ll likely dedicate a chapter to work oxen; they’re such gentle animals; moreover, they are truly calm: I never saw an ox freak out, like horses often do. In front of a supposed danger, horses nervously run and kick, whereas, oxen socially regroup, buck and bunt… Horses flee through their legs; oxen fight with their heads…

§ 4. Oxen have also taken part in Quebec’s construction and they are still in use in numerous regions of the world for farming, logging, hauling and so on… Even though they are usually quite gentle, if you treat them well, between themselves or against mean humans, they can also get into hierarchy related combats, which at times turn deadly. Even so, working with oxen is a chapter of my life I’m quite proud of; that chapter also sustains my 33 years old decision not to eat bovine meat: ne vous en déplaise, I don’t need it and I don”t eat my friends.

Happy Easter

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Beautiful Purple: No School!

This @rticle was cre@ted by Djeault, on Monday, December 3rd, 2007 at 2:46 pm
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LOVE ALL COLORS

This morning, all I had to do is to copy the xHTML code found in this Wiki p@ge I built yesterday. It had been well over three years since I wanted to mature this “project”: from now on, all I have to do, is go into that Wiki and copy the codes needed to create instantaneously a “m@trice”, which allows me to quickly create an @rticle contained in a table, as this one.

I built 9 different colored schemes, which all can be used within WordPress Blogs… The decorative bars, left and right, are the background of the columns containing them. I made all of those “gifs” from a design contained in Word’s page borders. The gifs are simply called all, white, purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, red and black…

Some people will think that the design is visually too overwhelming, but I just find it aesthetic: beauty doesn’t bother me whatsoever: bring me tons… Last week, at St-Louis Adult Center, someone asked me the meaning of “whatsoever”: first, I came up with the translation « pas pantoutte », then, more precisely, I realised that « de quelque manière que ce sera » translated well that whatsoever

Due to the ongoing SNOW STORM, my mate just got a call announcing her that her school board is closed today; CBC Radio News then let me know that my school board too is closed: my girlfriend is happy, since today is the day, within the 9-day cycle, in which she has 4 classes to give: she’ll be paid anyway; I’m less happy, because no school = no substitute teaching work = no $$ = no candy.

Indeed, I have no choice, but to accept reality as it is; do I? PURPLE IS BEAUTIFUL!

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Fancy Web Writing

This @rticle was cre@ted by Djeault, on Sunday, December 2nd, 2007 at 5:00 pm
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CONTENT IN CONSTRUCTION

http://www.djo.ca/fancyTableCodes.html explains the HTML code I used so as to cre@te this type of fancy table, with decorative framing on both sides.

Great! Got it! When working within a, fancy or not, table, in order to create paragraphs that hold, the § need to be given a style: define the background-color, here #ffccff. Thereafter, within styled §, to create a new §, just click Enter.

If not styled, the § have a tendancy to bunch up and have to be constantly reentered… Use pale colors as background-color, since your text stays black.

 

What’s particular to WordPress, is that when editing, the fonts are smaller than they appear in the published @rticle: that allows to see more text within the editing window.

 

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Day 43, Worked 14 Days = ± 1/3

This @rticle was cre@ted by Djeault, on Monday, November 26th, 2007 at 11:45 pm

Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder says the proverb; purple is beautiful rimes. Can something be beautiful to someone, though not to someone else or could a concept be logical to someone, but not to someone else? What’s logical and what isn’t? Is Logic less arbitrary than Aesthetics? Is Aesthetics more personal than Logic? So many questions many people might never ask, although so many might?!

So as to be more positive than in my title, I’ll mention that these last 24 working days, I worked 12 days, thus a day on two; however, since what I’ll make in the next two weeks will be paid on 2007dec 27, I’ll sure love it, if the coming next nine days, I work everyday… However, vaticination is impossible, since I control neither the callers, nor the needs in replacements, nor the Sun starting to set at 16h, at this time of the year on this part of the planet…

Nevertheless, inspired by Muse Calliope, I could calligraphy or rather design a business card that I could distribute to all callers and also to ESL teachers, especially in schools that call me. However, the problematic also include precarious teachers, who get most of the substitute teaching periods which occur: there are at least two schools which told me that, but I can easily imagine that the same trend goes on in other schools, especially that this morning, at the St-Louis Adult Center, a teacher without her glasses asked me to read her quite a short notice on the teacher’s billboard ; basicelly, it said that a proposition has been made to the effect that replacements should first be offered to permanent teachers, then, to the precarious ones, and lastly, to “others”: that’s me!

I can understand the logic behind that request, but it clearly isn’t to my personal advantage, ist it? I feel more inclined towards the aesthetics of the “please, share with US” camp, even though US doesn’t exist as an entity, but rather as isolated individuals waiting for an eventual tasks, or crumbs. .

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Week 08 :: 2007nov12

This @rticle was cre@ted by Djeault, on Monday, November 12th, 2007 at 3:59 pm

My eighth week working or not as a substitute teacher is starting today; I’d believe that most people who do work know their work schedule for this starting week; I don’t, although I wish I did. However, in real life, we don’t always get what we want; do we?

Nevertheless, it’s 8h10 and my chances of being called diminish every minute that goes by. Writing about it doesn’t change that fact, but it gives me the opportunity to practice writing in English, even though I don’t find much else to write, other than describing this precise moment, sitting here, waiting for a possible phone call…

Of course, I could write about that disastrous oil spill, which occurred last week in the San Francisco area, even affecting the island, on which is the infamous jail of Alcatraz; this morning, there’s also the news of yet another spill, this time in the Russian Black Sea, where an oil tanker was broken in half, during a storm, along four other ships, amongst which, “three cargo ships, each carrying more than 2,000 tons of sulphur, also sank in the Kerch Strait”, writes CNN.

Other than that, Quebec soon will ban cell phones, as we’re driving, a move I entirely agree with! There’s also the piece of news announcing that Ann Bourget is leading the run for a new mayor for Quebec City; the winner of those elections will replace Mrs. Andrée Boucher, who passed away a couple of months ago.

Now that it’s past 9 o’clock, my chances of working today are dwindling, although the phone could still ring. Maybe I should just go back to bed and see if I couldn’t find sweet dreams to travel in :-)

Finally, I’ll be teaching both periods, this afternoon, in Neufchatel High school: secondary V classes again; great!

Djools Bl@ck :: 9 Web Writing Tools

This @rticle was cre@ted by Djeault, on Thursday, October 11th, 2007 at 5:01 pm

Ce qui suit n’est pas ici :-) c’est plutôt un “iframe”, 455 px de large par 333 px de haut, contenant un tableau de 422 px de large, lui-même contenu dans la p@ge Wiki http://wiki.djo.ca/wikini/wakka.php?wiki=Djools2, que j’ai b@tie dans le but spécifique de l’insérer ici…