Archive for March, 2008

@rticle 100: 50 days at Jean-De-Brébeuf

This @rticle was cre@ted by Djeault, on Saturday, March 29th, 2008 at 6:09 pm
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And The Show Must Go On

§ 1. Last Wednesday, 200mar19, St-Joseph’s Feast Day, was my 50th day at Jean-De-Brébeuf high school, but it was also the end of my last three weeks replacement, with Fred’s secondary IV students; however, it’s only today, Friday 2008mar28, that I handed in the two exams I corrected for him and his students: oral and written comprehension exams, for a hundred and sixty seven some students, that is.

§ 2. I entered the 333 some results, into the lists I made on 8½ x 14” sheets, for a more generous writing space: those six class lists are into their 8½ x 14”, black folder, on the right hand, whereas on the left, are the 8½ x 14” class plans, with student’s color photos, each underlined by the student’s first name: that allows for efficient, personalised interventions: I’m quite proud of that useful tool, especially so, for a substitute teacher like myself; I left a similar binder to Sabrina, whom I replaced for over a month with her secondary III students.

§ 3. Moreover, most, if not all, of those 300 students, with whom I spent 50 days, love being named by their very first names; if you know their first names, you may create quite unique relationships with each student: first names are great ‘links’; they’re deeply personal, whereas a family name, delivered to the far end of the classroom, thus at high volume, has a more, let’s say, formal effect on a student: use with parcimony, if at all!

§ 4. Those 50 days, teaching full time, at Jean-De-Brébeuf High Scool, were a great look into that school, the best in town, they say, and also into my teaching practice; I spent most of my time, either in the classrooms, teaching as such, or else, at the ESL headquarters, on the third floor of the school. Since I don’t have a car, except for Communauto, I indeed stayed at school during my free periods.

§ 5. I thus had ample opportunity to enjoy babbling about teaching tricks or realities, with the well experienced and volubile Guy, who teaches mostly to secondary V students; the secondary III teacher Patrick also shared a couple of tricks, related to classroom dicipline and ‘orderliness’. At times, I also had the opportunity to practice my Spanish with a security guard from Columbia: he actually was doing a training within in CEGEP Program, as a youth intervenant; all that, not to speak of the refreshing conversations I sometimes held with students, other teachers or employees, and the direction people, like Lucie and Brigitte, whom I thank for their support.

§ 6. Nonetheless, during this now ended four-day week, I only corrected and rested, for the night Jesus was turned into the Romans, a week ago, I shared with him a fragment of the excruciating pain he ought to have suffered, when a Roman soldier pierced his Holy Heart on Easter Friday: I myself suffered an acute stomach ulcer, for ±40 hours, due to stress and worries and what nots… That quite Christian thought helped me through my ordeal; I feel much better a week later: since I ate well and slowly, chewed toroughly my food and slept a lot, thus, I suppose I will be in top shape for next week’s upcoming replacements: so far, I have two lined up, on Thursday and Friday mornings.

§ 7. Nevertheless, I now have to face the day to day substitute teacher reality, until another contract comes up, even though I do have a week long one, lined up, starting on April 11. So, in order to offer my services, I thus had to get back into creating a business card, problem which I hadn’t solved until now. Indeed, my 50 days at Jean-De-Brébeuf kind of inspired me into creating this:

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.50 days at jean de brebeuf.

§ 8. On the back of that pinky, I printed a résumé of my résumé and my contact info. Needless to say, I never wear a necktie: I just can’t wear around my neck something, which somedy could strangle me with and thus drive me unconscious, within 30 seconds… No, thanks!

§ 9. As for this 100th ‘@rticle’, in this blog, I’ll mention that this week, I turned this blog’s colorful rainbow backgroung into a black one; I personally can absorb a lot of color, but I do realise many people can’t. Moreover, I see little of the background, in my 800 x 600 resolution, but many people, in higher resolutions than mine, thus see a lot of the, now black, background.

§ 10. A 100th @rticle needs a 10th paragraph, or ‘§’. I ought to thank WordPress 2.2.2, for their blog m@trice: I’m a highly satisfied costumer, just like Mario Tout de Go Asselin writes here, in his blog. Also, I’m happy I stayed within the edition ethics, I fenced myself in, by mostly writing in English, even though I don’t only write on ‘my life as a substitute teacher’… I’d s@y I succeeded at keeping a fair writing pace with my 100 @rticles in six months: that’s 16 a month, or one every other day; finally, I’m satistified that I neither created polemics nor scratched (with) anyone; I thus may write that I stayed in line wiith myself. ;-)

§ 11. Even though an eleventh § leads directly to the Holy Dozen, l’ll use it to mention the Moyen Moineault I ‘inst@lled’, on the top right corner of the blog, in the header’s background. For the least, my personal signature shows that I can do some graphic design, an inherent branch of Web Writing.

§ 12. Since a conclusion may invite into new paths, I’ll end by mentionning the Wiki I installed for Jean-De-Brébeuf’s secondary IV students, @t http://brebeuf.djo.ca :: Although it was a lot of organization, in fact, most of my Christmas vacations, that Wiki shows (me) the type of Web 2.0 pedagogy, I’ll be using, so as to get students to write, when I finally will get a true ESL teaching contract, with my very own students: a delightful thought.

§ 13. As a Baker’s Dozen, I wish Peace and Love to All!

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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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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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Mad Cow Deaths in QC?

This @rticle was cre@ted by Djeault, on Sunday, March 16th, 2008 at 8:09 am
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Hidden Bottom News and Iceberg Tips

§ This @rticle and that one, both in French, relate that two women might have recentely died from mad cow disease, in the Saguenay area, in QC. The pieces of News were at the very bottom of Quebec’s French Google News’ p@ge, but they soon disappeared from the p@ge. On TV, I heard no mention of it, neither on TQS, TVA, nor English CBC, although I might have missed it… Nonetheless, it’s the type of News, which likely doesn’t favour International Tradings of Meats! Indeed, it will take six months to get the official answers from the Lab analysis… Meanhile, officially, we may only suppose what really caused the degenerative, deadly symptoms of the victims.

Could those deaths be linked with the fact that au, in, en QC ; et, and, y Ontario, on nourrit les vaches laitières avec de la farine de sang ! we feed blood meal to dairy cows! ; ¡damos harina de sangre a las vacas lecheras!

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VACHE, COW, VACA :

ruminant, bis, rumiante ; végétarien, vegeterian, vegetariano,
depuis de millénaires, for thousands of years, desde milenarios.

Le SANG est-il végétarien ? Is BLOOD vegetarian? ¿Es SANGRE vegetariano?

Donner de la farine de sang à des ruminantes, fondamentalement végétariennes depuis des millénaires et pourvoyeuses de notre lait quotidien, ne met pas à l’honneur l’intelligence écologique de Muse Eutherpe, d’autant plus qu’en Australie, en UK, aux US, on l’interdit.

Feeding blood meal to cattle, essentially vegetariens for milleniums and actual providers of our daily milk, doesn’t honor Muse Eutherpe, and is banned in Australia, UK, and USA.

Dar harina de sangre a las vacas, fundalmente vegetarienas desde milenarios y productores de nuestro leche diario, no da honor a la Musa Eutherpe, y además es prohibido en Australia, UK y USA.


moyen moineaultÐ j € å µ ¦ †, Ð j € å µ ¦ † , Djeault, Joseph Deneault, dit, dzit, ði:L’article numérisé, ci-haut, nous informe que le 2006oct31, Purina, business rolling as usual, a distribué 400 tonnes de farine de SANG, dans une centaine, 133, de ferme laitières, à ±3000 vaches, soit, en moyenne, quatre tonnes par ferme, et 266.666 livres par vache ; c’est énorme : une dose massive et continue ! Et, chemin faisant, ils pourraient les avoir contaminées dans des wagons ayant contenu des « ingrédients » pouvant causer la maladie, dite, de « la VACHE FOLLE ».En fait, l’article de Le Devoir présente le problème comme étant cette contamination, et non pas qu’il y aurait une quelconque problématique naturaliste, zoologique, écologiqueéthique, sociale, neurologique, logique, ou kinesthésique, dans le fait de nourrir avec du sang des ruminants végétariens , les vaches, qui fournissent en lait « le peuple et ses enfants » !!On dirait presque qu’on complote, sans coeur et myope, en nourrissant méthodiquement des vaches, ruminants végétariens, avec des ingrédients contre-nature, du sang, parce que les vaches produisent plus de lait, ce qui, à court terme, est plus profitable, conom¥quemen$ parlant.

Sauf qu’on reproduit sensiblement les techniques d’agriculture, américaine et britannique, du début des années 80, qui, en quelques années, ont rapidement causé l’encéphalopathie spongiforme bovine dans les cheptels, puis, chez les humains ; le même élément chimique, des trois, fondamentaux en agriculture, est contenu dans les farines de sang et de poisson : l’azote.Ce que l’on s’était mis à nourrir les vaches laitières, il y a ± 25 ans, c’était de la farine de poisson, riche en azote, alors qu’aujourd’hui, en Australie, en UK et aux US, c’est précisément à ces seuls poissons, qu’on doit nourrir la farine de sang. Plusieurs espèces de poissons sont carnivores ; les vaches, non !

Les nations québécoise et canadienne
devraient-elles donc suivre les exemples

des « .US. UK. AU »
et interdire de nourrir de la

farine de SANG aux vaches laitières du QC ?

LES .US, .UK, .AU ont tous interdits la farine de sang dans les rations accordées aux vaches laitières et autres ruminants : chèvres, chameaux, “cattle, sheep, goats, deer, buffalo, camels and camelids”, etc. Le CANADA, lui, en interdit l’importation des pays qui ne sont pas officiellement reconnus comme étant libre de l’encéphalopathie spongiforme bovine ; ainsi, ici-même, on continue de permettre d’écouler dans les rations pour les vaches laitières, des surplus de farine de sang possiblement, probablement créés par l’interdiction récente, aux USA, en 2004, et, en UE, en vigueur seulement depuis le 2006mai03…

However, “in the UK, the original feed ban was introduced in 1988 to prevent ruminant protein being fed to ruminants. In addition, it has been illegal to feed ruminants with all forms of mammalian protein (with specific exceptions) since November 1994 and to feed any farmed livestock, including fish and horses, with mammalian meat and bone meal (mammalian MBM) since 04 April 1996.”

Aider à résoudre de problème ?

 

Contacter votre député, le journaliste concerné, la vétérinaire concernée, Purina, la MAPAQ, son équivalent fédéral, etc.

Comment établir le cont@ct avec qui ? Coming up!
Faire une recherche pour découvrir les coordonnées de TLM !

Some References on the Subject

 

  1. http://extension.usu.edu/ :: @ccessed on 2006dec19
  2. http://www.parl.gc.ca/information/library/PRBpubs/prb0506-e.htm
    :: @ccessed on 2006dec19
  3. http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/bse/controls-eradication/feed-ban.html :: @ccessed on 2006dec19
  4. Government of Australia’s .gov.au Web sp@ce:: @ccessed on 2006dec19
  5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_meal :: @ccessed on 2006dec19

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a initialement construit cette p@ge Web, à Qc, QC, avec Netscape Composer 7.2, le mercredi, 2006dec20, puis, il l’a copiée et adaptée ici, le 2008mar16.

Foot of Snow + Winds = No School

This @rticle was cre@ted by Djeault, on Wednesday, March 5th, 2008 at 9:13 am
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YET ANOTHER BIGGIE SNOW STORM

§ 1. I’ll be paid even though schools are closed, but I’ll be finishing my corrections for my last month with secondary three students, anyways: thus, I won’t feel that guilty; I’ll also have to adapt my schedule, until Easter, for the two lovely groups I was supposed to see today…

§ 2. Although some days I may see northwise, for miles and miles, today we can only see a couple of hundred feet away and even less, when the winds gust. I suppose global warming and spring approaching help creating a lot of snow: this winter is particularly exceptional. Driving today will drive you mad; it will give you spiders in the attic: please, DON’T!

§ 3. I couldn’t resist writing in my blog today, since I haven’t written in green for ages… Yes, Wednesdays I write in a green table, as this one, and dress in green, though not today: today, I’ll rather stay in blue and save a set of green clothes from a wash: great!

§ 4. I’m happy to get this three-week spree with Fred’s secondary IV’S, because I can confirm the difference in maturity: the six classes with Fred’s six groups went on perfectly seriously… Indeed, on top of that maturity, Fred’s discipline and the fact I taught Fred’s students before and after Christmas are quality ingredients for a smooth run onto Easter… I lo-o-ove teaching! :-)

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March 2008

This @rticle was cre@ted by Djeault, on Saturday, March 1st, 2008 at 7:40 am
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SPRING IS COMING and so is Easter

§ 1. These ongoing holidays are coming to an end; a teacher I know went to Florida with his family for a month, within his parental holidays; yet another ESL teacher went to Cuba, though, just for this ending winter break; I, my mate and I, went nearly nowhere: the only activity I concentrated on, à temps perdu, is the correction of students’ ±8 written productions x ±150 students, thus 1200 productions, and the compilation of their results, upto the winter break, all that, though my contract ended last Friday…

§ 2. So far, I completely finished two groups on five; today, I suppose, I must continue with the other three groups. It’d be nice to end it all today, especially that starting Monday, I must switch my pedagogical attention onto my next task: until Easter Friday, 170 secondary IV students will be led into their ESL learning, by me, serving the class menus, which their teacher Fred has put in, or rather on, the oven: his desk, in the ESL teachers’ quarters.

§ 3. As for each precise serving instructions, 6 classes x 6 groups, I’m waiting to receive them through em@il. In fact, it’s a good thing, Fred hasn’t yet sent them: it allowed me to concentrate, à temps perdu, on my corrections, for the sake of evaluating the students.

§ 4. It will be nice to get back to sec. IV students and to only one classroom: I won’t have to quickly pack my stuff so as to make room for the next teacher and quickly unpack it, while I answer to entering students’ questions, prepare my blackboard and its menu, and set up my class plans, photocopies to distribute, and so on…

Yes, I must end my works today, for my last contract and, starting tomorrow, Sunday, I must start getting into my next task. As for today, corrections are calling me, after breakfast.

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