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Good Teacher Gr@ph

This @rticle was cre@ted by Djeault, on Saturday, January 10th, 2009 at 2:52 am

gr@phe du bon enseignant

Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.

~ Chinese Proverb

To Strike or Not to Strike

This @rticle was cre@ted by Djeault, on Sunday, November 23rd, 2008 at 4:48 am

2008 Old Quebec Hair Wrapping

This @rticle was cre@ted by Djeault, on Friday, June 6th, 2008 at 7:35 am
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My 15th Summer Hair Wrapping in Old Quebec

§ 1. Québec, QC, is 400 years old this 2008!

§ 2. This slide-show will reveal you a glimpse of some of the 12 hair wrappers in our association and of some of our customers; we’ll have our yearly general meeting this next week, so as to vote in our functioning rules for 2008…

§ 3. Yesterday, ‘A’ and I got our work permits from Quebec City, @t $285 a piece! Having had a permit the year before gives us the privilege to renew it, but we had to renew it before the end of the week, or lose that privilege… Since we didn’t work at all last summer, for all kinds of good reasons, we will be starting our season with $1070 in the red…

§ 4. Last year, the permits were at $250; so as to justify that increase of $35, this year’s big boss of public entertainers, that’s what they call us, or rather « amuseurs publics » in French, told me that they reorganised the informatics system and that there had been no increase in the price of permits for 10 years…

§ 5. Apart from hair wrappers, public street entertainers, sometimes also called buskers, include artistic face painters, musicians of types ‘A’ and ‘B’, magicians, acrobats, and so on… Some people will say that there are far too many rules and regulations regarding street performing, but I reply to them that things are much better now than they were, before permits came into existence…

§ 6. In fact, before Quebec City decided to emit permits in 1994, there was no clear rules, as to who could busk or not, when or where; it often depended on whether the one cop, who patrolled Old Quebec, liked what you did or not… At least, now, there are rules, working spots and arrangements between performers and associations, which allow us to work in peace…

§ 7. All that to say that we obviously don’t live in a perfect world, but at least, we, public entertainers or buskers, now know the existing rules and regulations… Better those than whims!

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magicJack VOIP Phones

This @rticle was cre@ted by Djeault, on Thursday, May 8th, 2008 at 6:18 pm
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MagicJack: An American VOIP Phone

§ 1. VOIP stands for ‘Voice Over Internet Protocol‘: it’s a protocol specifically optimized for the transmission of voice through the Internet, writes Wikipedia; another Internet protocol is HTTP, Hyper-Text Transfer Protocol, through which we may browse by clicking links, so as to re@ch another Web p@ge, a file, a folder, etc. There also is FTP, for File Transfer Protocol, which allows you to transfer folders or files from your computer to a Website’s Web servers, for example, or vice versa. I guess I should also mention, SMTP, Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, which en@bles us to send m@ils; as for IMAP, the Internet Message Access Protocol, or POP3, the Post Office Protocol, they both @llow you to receive em@ils.

§ 2. If I lived in America, I’d be the happiest of man, for I would have just found an inexpensive, seemingly reliable, VOIP Phone, called magicJack: on 2008avr26, I ordered two for less than $94; I am not sure from exactly where they were shipped, in the USA, but I received them in Quebec City, QC, on 2008mai07: they were neatly packed into the same styrofoam pad within a ±5″ x 9″ padded envelope. A colorful, gloss cardboard, folded as a greeting card, contains the foam pad and presents the simple instructions

magicJack

§ 4. First, you simply plug magicJack into a USB port of your computer; then, you may simply plug your phone into magicJack, but you don’t have to, with a laptop like mine, in which are integrated a microphone and speakers; you may also use a set of headphones with a microphone and dial up though a softphone, meaning a phone interface on your computer screen.

§ 5. In April 2008, I tried Vonage to find out that it really doensn’t work with Vista; however magicJack perfectly does so! Moreover, magicJack is more or less 12 times cheaper than Vonage: indeed, for $50 CDN, you have the magicJack AND one year of free unlimited phone calls anywhere in Canada or the USA! The following years will be @t $20 a year too! You may buy a few years ahead of time at that same rate of $20 a year, whereas Vonage costs $20 a month + taxes! Thus I may write that magicJack is 12 times cheaper than Vonage and does work with Vista! MagicJack’s Website says it’s also compatible with Windows XP and Intel Macs… If anyone knows, please comment!

§ 6. With MagicJack, you also have Voicemail, which even sends you an em@il with a sound file containing the message left, for which you may also phone in. With magicJack, I noticed no slowing down of my computer, whereas Vonage, which neither worked with my Vista system, nor my lady’s, drastically slowed down both our laptops. To use both VOIP phones, you need a computer with a high speed Internet connection whether Broadband, Cable Internet, DSL, Wireless, Wi-Fi, or Wimax. like ours… It took me a couple of minutes to register myself and @ctivate my new New-York #:

§ 7. We ordered our magicJack phones from http://magicJack.com, but there’s also http://www.themagicjack.ca, the canadian magicJack outlet, which I discovered much after I placed my order; the latter explains better that another advantage of magicJack is a phone #, BUT ALSO that unfortunately, so far, only american area codes are available: the canadian website promises that when canadian area codes become available, we’ll be notified, but no date is yet set; I will get working on that, soon and in touch with Mr. Dan Borislow or his team! Foi de DjO !!

§ 8. Until I installed my magicJack, I had thought I would get my phone #, in my 418 area code, so schools callers may call me, without creating long distance fees… Since a neighbouring school board I won’t name spent $20,000,000, yes, twenty-million dollars, :x for a new Head office, I suppose, since mine didn’t, that I shouldn’t worry too much about the fees for a short call to verify if I’m availlable for substitute teaching or replacement: my school board should be able to afford that expense. If only 418 area codes become available, we’ll thus reduce our relation with BeLL to our two WiMax nomad connections, a $100 + tax a month expense…

§ 9. The canadian magickJack site also says this:

  1. A phone number from one of many metropolitan areas around the country that can receive free incoming calls from around the world.
  2. A license to use the magicJack to call the US and Canada for FREE during your first year of use.
  3. A USB optional extension cord.
  4. Free local and long distance calling to US and Canada.
  5. Free International calling to US/Canada numbers when traveling outside of the US.

§ 10. I repeat it, the license for the second year of use is $19.95! I didn’t see any cheaper @nywhere! However, someone calling you on you magicJack #, may pay long distance fees, even if the person calling you is in your town, if that person must pay her or his calls to the USA. I chose the closest, geographically speaking, available code: New York, hoping that might reduce the ‘long distance’ costs for someone calling 347-547-6793, (hint, tip, plog, wit, pun) and even though I said, again, that very morning, that I’ll never go to New York: never say never… 8)

§ 11. In fact, if all teachers, directors, or secretaries of a given school board had their magicJack, a laptop or a computer with a high speed connection, for the magicJack itself, it would cost $50 for the first year and $20 thereafter, for each worker. I would like to see the phone bills and the costs of Internet @ccess for QC’s 72 school boards. As for myself, unless something wrong happens in the next few days, I’ll keep my magicJack: it’s great! I yet have to convince my lady to activate hers so as to try it, but I’m sure she’ll love it, especially when I wind up I paying hers too… :roll:

magicJack with headsets§ 12. Last Sunday, Mother’s day, I phoned up my mom from Quebec City to MTL; I used my headsets and the conversation was crystal clear; I also talked to my dad, who has hearing problems, but even so, he heard me much better than with a regular phone; even better, it didn’t cost anything extra: no first minutes at 35¢, after or before such and such time, nor extra charges for long distance calls, no finely written detail… $50, the first year, $20, thereafter… That’s cheap; and the voice is perfect…

§13. So, at the moment, in order to fully benefit from a magicJack, you need to live in the USA, in an available area code; whenever they can support the 418 extension, I’ll gladly transfer my 418 phone # to my magicJack. Indeed, if electricity or your high speed Internet connection go down, you wind up with no phone; even so, meanwhile, magicJack will receive and register messages in your VoiceMail system.

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Preault Zaque Gone, Bananas Won!

This @rticle was cre@ted by Djeault, on Friday, March 28th, 2008 at 3:29 am
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Mellow Yellow

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§ 1. Eating Bananas favor serotonine production. Cette entrevue avec le neurobiologiste Michael Gershon, M.D., révèle qu’il y a dans notre système digestif un réseau indépendant de plus de 9 milliards de neurones, qu’il a baptisé : le deuxième cerveau.

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§ 2. Dans notre organisme, 95% du neuro transmetteur, la sérotonine, est dans le système digestif, où elle dirige la digestion. La baisse de sérotonine est (trop) souvent compensée par les antidépresseurs fournis par Big Pharmaceutical Empires ; initialement, un antidépresseur, comme « le Preault Zaque », prend queques semaines, avant de commencer à agir, le temps qu’il faut pour qu’il permette à la sérotonine de bien s’enraciner dans son 95% de terreau, le système digestif et son 5%, notre cerveau.

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§ 3. Les cellules nerveuses dans le système digestif utilisent la sérotonine pour envoyer des signaux au cerveau. Aussi, selon une étude récente sur les BANANAS, parmi des personnes souffrant de dépression, beaucoup se sont senties bien mieux après avoir mangé des bananes. C’est parce que les bananes contiennent du tryptophane, un type de protéine que le corps converti en sérotonine, connue pour inciter à détendre, améliorer votre humeur et généralement, à vous sentir plus heureux…

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§ 4. Pour aider à la reconstruction de la sérotonine neuro transmitrice, on pourrait donc manger des bananes, au lieu de devenir accros au Preault Zaque… Dans le cadre d’une recherche, 200 étudiants d’une école de Twickenham (Middlesex) ont été aidés dans leurs examens, cette année là, en mangeant des bananes au petit déjeuner, à la récré et au déjeuner : le fruit, chargé en potassium, rendait les étudiants plus alertes et stimulait leur intellect.

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Michel Talbot 1947-2008

This @rticle was cre@ted by Djeault, on Thursday, February 28th, 2008 at 5:09 am
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Good Bye Michel

michel talbot 1947-2008§ 1. Nous ne nous croiserons plus : en effet, j’ai appris ce 2008fev28, que mon copain Michel Talbot a délaissé son enveloppe corporelle pour toujours : forever! Un autre copain, magicien et travailleur social, m’a laissé un message sur mon répondeur, de le rappeler d’urgence : encore une autre connaissance lui avait laissé, au travail, une note de me laisser savoir que Michel était, est et sera, bel et bien parti, pour le Grand voyage,,,

§ 2. À mon sens, Michel, que j’ai rencontré il y a plus de 20 ans, fut une personne extrêmement travaillante et créative ; de plus, il était à la fois rude et cordial. Cuisinier diplômé, il a aussi oeuvré dans la rénovation, la menuiserie et l’ébénisterie ; il fabriquait aussi, dans ses temps libres, des lampes en papier de riz et en baguettes de bois : ces lampes étaient multi angulaires et tous les angles y ont passé ! Michel fabriquait également des tambours traditionnels Amérindiens : il était un artisan précis, minutieux et créatif !

§ 3. La photo, ci-haut, nous le présente il y a presque 20 ans, chez lui, à Québec, QC. Michel serait doucement décédé dans son lit, en Gaspésie, seul et dans la nature, laquelle il affectionnait grandement, tout comme sa fille Catherine et son fils Michel, qu’il surnommait affectueusement, Miche : je leur offre mes condoléances à tous deux, mais, surtout à Miche, que j’ai connu, voire vu grandir d’un enfant, par un ado, puis, en un adulte.

§ 4. Michel Talbot était en Gaspésie pour l’hiver ; il y a vécu plusieurs années de sa vie, longue de soixante ans. Il a aussi longuement habité Québec, surtout pour y travailler… Ces 2-3-4 dernières années, revenu à Qc, après quelques années en Gaspésie, il habitait près de chez moi et parfois, nos chemins se croisaient. C’est ainsi qu’à l’été 2007, j’avais pu lui présenter ma mie ; ce jour-là, Michel se promenait sur son inséparable bicyclette, alors que nous, prenions une marche santé… Ce fut une de nos dernières rencontres, sinon, la toute dernière.

§ 5. Cette transperçante transmission transposée d’un trépas me rappelle que les vies de tous mènent au seuil de la Muerte, cette porte invisible et invincible…

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Work Day 50

This @rticle was cre@ted by Djeault, on Thursday, December 6th, 2007 at 5:57 am
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Routine of a Substitute Teacher

I went to bed at 19h30 and got up at 4h45: I thus slept 9 hours and a ¼, a sufficient amount of sleep for me. At this time of the year, the daylight doesn’t even last seven hours and so, I neither feel guilty of sleeping for a little over nine hours, nor do I feel silly that I went to bed at 19h30.

It’s already 5h50 and I must get ready, for that possible call around 6h15, which would force me to leave at 6h30, if ever I get the first period at the St-Louis Center. However, in fact, I do not know if I’ll be called at all today, as any other mornings… So, I went to bed at 19h30, just in case I’m called early, but maybe nobody will call today again and, this week, I’ll only do the two periods for which I’m already scheduled for tomorrow… :-(

Poutine of a Substitute Teacher

As 8 o’clock approaches, I wonder how much longer this somewhat ridiculous situation of mine will evolve into something more rewarding, at least regarding to the wages I should earn. I’m not impressed that the said situation actually is created by a school board, which is in charge of Education: I dare thinking that, because I also think a School board should teach, through example, that if we’re the boss, we should be compassionate and respectful with our employees, because without them, we’d be the boss of Nobody and would have no Empire to reign on! I think that they should pay me full time and find me things to do, like team teaching in difficult classes and so on…

However, on the one hand, teachers are not a likely bunch to admit that they might have problems keeping up with their students’ discipline: a teacher is rather supposed to be the invincible Mr. or Mrs. Perfect, who know more than all their students put together, have the answer(s) to any questions and always are in a good mood and full of energy and humor.

Nevertheless, teachers are imperfect human beings, just like anyone else; furthermore, students too are imperfect, especially so, at the secondary II level :o From what teacher X tells me and from what recentely went on at her or his school, in one of the three school boards of Qc, QC. There are a lot of indiscipline problems at the secondary II level, and with most, if not all, of the teachers, at least at that school! In my 50 hours of teaching this fall, I’ve seen two hours ½ of it at two different schools, indeed in my school board : those 2½ hours were with secondary II students, right after lunch.

At that school, posters were created to re-present Classroom Rules; as for teacher X, she or he contacted ALL parents, through the phone or directely, during the last parents’ meeting: that pressure resulted in positive results, however, it seems to be wearing off with some of the teachers: one of them who sees her or his group once by nine-day cycles, took ½ hour yesterday just to focus the class, so that they will listen to the basic opening instructions on what could have happened, but will finally not, by lack of time.

Writing about time, it’s 9h36; it’s 10h; it’s 11h: no call so far.

So, in order to address that problem, which I might have to encounter again, tomorrow being possible, in the afternoon, I created a Word file, from which I also cre@ted this Web p@ge: link to come…

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Day 49

This @rticle was cre@ted by Djeault, on Wednesday, December 5th, 2007 at 4:42 am
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EARLY BIRDS GET THE WORMS moyen moineault sometimes

I went to sleep at 20h and got up at 3h33: 7 ½ hr of sleep is minimal, thus if I can, I’ll take a nap during the day. It’s now 5h15; in 1 ¼ hr, I could be leaving.

Now that it’s 11h30, I assume I won’t work today; from 6h35 until 7h35, I meditated through Hatha-Yoga. I then slept another hour and then left a mess@ge on this Rochebelle Blog, regarding the ongoing exhaustion of teachers with actual teaching tasks.

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Back to Neufchatel: worked 8 days /32

This @rticle was cre@ted by Djeault, on Friday, November 9th, 2007 at 12:03 am

§ 1. I rejoiced, this morning, when Neufchatel High School called me again, because I had been just a wee little bit worried about last time’s incident, caused by me parking in a reserved spot; nevertheless, I was called again: indeed, the caller did specify that I shouldn’t park in a reserved spot this time ;-) I didn’t.

§ 2. This morning, I had two groups of secondary V students and it’s a pleasure to say once, “please, be silent” and obtain 20 minutes of silence and people reading and answering questions; secondary II students, in particular, sometimes don’t have that fast, serious, cooperative attitude, especially after lunch, on Friday afternoons.

§ 3. Today, I can say that so far, from the very beginning, I’ve worked a day on four; however, if I work tomorrow, and tomorrow is Friday, I’ll have worked a day on two, these past three weeks: my substitute hamster wheel is starting to spin; that’s wonderful!

Co-construction Protiquienne

This @rticle was cre@ted by Djeault, on Thursday, October 18th, 2007 at 4:02 pm

Pour illustrer le comment@ire que j’ai, presque, l@issé dans ce blogue, mais qui, pour l’instant, est dans la « queue de modération », voici donc l’im@ge du « code de trois chiffres », telle qu’elle est présentement, soit un brin illisible : gif protic

Et voici ce dont elle aurait l’air, tout simplement, en blanchissant les lettres noires, avec Paint ou un autre programme semblable, en ± seulement trois clics par image : gif protic revu

Par contre, celle ou celui qui modifierait ces im@ges devrait également « déprogrammer » la transparence donnée au blanc… Voilà !

J’espère que ce commentaire constructif vous sera utile !