Monday, July 25, 2005

Give up?

No guesses, eh?? I thought this would be easy. I think you were imagining it as a puzzle of some sort, and it wasn't really.

The phrases listed in my last post are all subject lines for spam emails. More specifically, they are all subject lines for emails trying to sell me Viagra or other similar drugs. They raise some questions:

1. Where in the world do they come up with those lines? I know they are just trying to get around spam blockers, but they require a lot of creativity.

2. Who is buying this stuff???! Someone out there MUST respond to telemarketers and spammers or they wouldn't continue to solicit in these ways. I don't know a single person who has ever bought something as a result of a telemarketer or spam email. If you are one of them, please stop.

In other news, I started my second workshop of the season. This one is paid for by a Department of Ed. grant. Your tax dollars at work! It serves three purposes. One is to help us improve our content knowledge. This is done through the teaching of a local professor. Second is to help us integrate that knowledge into practical classroom exercises. This is facilitated through a "master teacher." There is also a third component of primary source research in which we are to research a topic and then write up a detailed (6 or so pages) lesson plan with extensive background knowledge provided. This is the part I am least excited about, probably because it requires the most work. (Hey, it's summer. I'm allowed to be lazy.)

The first day wasn't nearly as bad as I had feared. The presence of a master teacher makes sure things don't get too "pie in the sky." Also it is a very small group. There are only teachers in the high school group.

The best part is that we get paid! We receive a $1,000 stipend, a $15 copy and print card for the library, and free lunch every day for the two weeks at the faculty dining club. Not bad eh? To be honest, if it weren't for the thousand dollars I probably wouldn't be doing it -- not because I don't think professional development is important, but because the focus is on post-1945 U.S. History and that is my strongest area. I really need to be spending these two weeks on pre-Civil War history, but oh well.