Welcome...Now at 500 Posts and Counting!!!

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Maniac Monday

Hello folks! Well Old Man Robb is one year older, but not a day over 29...the big 4-0 is happening in another 11 months and 23 days...so lots of time to get old...older...jeesh....what else is new? Well Wednesday is when i go see the fabulous Harlem Globetrotters in Halifax @ the Metro Centre..should be a good time..Craig is meeing me and bringing his little fella, maybe i will go to Bubbles Mansion before the game, get the Grocery Cart meal Craig ordered and couldn't finish..or just head to Pizza Corner...

My course is going same old same old, i am now on Module Six which deals with Teaching Pronunciation....did i even spell it right? I liked that i was asked about what kind of problems i myself had with pronunciation and i found that my own difficulties with pronounciation came in early grades, having a hard time distinguishing between my constanants and my vowels and generally getting them confused. What is an adjective? What is a synonym? What i had to do was alot of extra work, my school paired me with a resource teacher and two to three times a week i sat with this lady and we did repeated language drills such as repetition, reading words over and over again, discovering the meaning of the words, writing the words on the board in front of my instructor and then doing the same drills time and time again.

What i do like is that i was asked to respond to why do i think much pronunciation teaching appears to be ineffective? It is because teachers in many cases are limited by time in the classroom to concentrate on individual student needs. Other times teachers have to deal with a curriculum that is handed down to them, this is the way you are going to teach and how you will teach. The one's who suffer are the students because of restraints placed on the teacher. There are students are have a high level of fluency and others with a low level of fluency and these contributing factors that were stated previously combine to alienate students. The solution is to have two different classes with different levels, one with higher levels and another with lower levels, this perhaps can give time alloted for those students with language needs, while the other can concentrate on higher levels with a better understanding of the language.

Just a reminder that the drive-in located in Coldbrook is opening the week of May 9th, i do not know what is playing, but just the nostalgia factor, some of the fun stuff i have had their with friends over the years, hmmmm fav memory? The time me and Barry went to go see Batman and then went home and the Top Hat..aka the FLopper had burnt down! Was it set intentionally? No clue...plus doing the Godzilla shadow puppets in front of the projector is always fun as well...my creepiest drive-in memory is when me and Barry went to the abandoned drive-in located on Dodge Road and it had been abandoned for some five years and so this was around 1995-96...we walked in..abandoned canteen, speakers laying everywhere..a flyer promoting "Adult Sundays" where they would show XXX stuff on  Sunday nights and reels of FIRST BLOOD laying on the canteen floor...creepy stuff...

Oh yes my old friend Justin snapped this pic of me with a Peter Criss ski-mask on around Christmas time in New Minas... lovely eh? No i was not singing Beth...

Speaking of basketball, the Axemen basketball team lost on the 12th to Dalhousie 76-75 in Sydney..must have been a heck of a game..maybe next year guys...speaking of Axemen sports, this weekend is the final tournament for the Acadia Women's Hockey team and it is free to attend the games all weekend. UNB, UCB and Sainte Anne's University will be playing as well..here is the schedule...

Friday March 26

Acadia vs USA - 4:00- 5:30pm
UNB vs CBU - 5:30-7pm
Acadia vs UNB 8-9:30pm
USA vs CBU 9:30- 11:00pm

Saturday March 27
CBU vs Acadia - 8:00-9:30am
UNB vs USA 9:30-11:00am
4 vs 3 12:00-1:30pm - Consolation Game
2 vs 1 1:30-3:00pm - Championship Game

Oh..for all my Bruin loving friends..yes i realize that there are some of them..the Boston Bruin oldtimers are coming to the Fabulous Forum in Halifax on April 25th at 1 PM and they will be playing against a group of Halifax Selects, including ex- Hab Stephane Richer, representing the Bruins will be Ray Bourque, Rick Middleton, Terry O'Reilly, Brad Park, Reggie Lemelin, Ken Linesman and others...lots of other stuff at the Forum coming up...The Maritime Tattoo Festival is from May 22nd to May 24th, i don't have any tattoo...maybe come out looking like Motley Crue or something.. the circus is on June 11th and 12th...lots of stuff...

Anyways folks...that is all for now!

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