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Fatwa Arbuckle: Joooish Space Laser Operator
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Happy Caturday, GN!

Mac --

Thanks so much for putting up the segment with you and Titan; you’re teh Mac cat in teh black hat!

Glad to read that you and Elena are both healing; hope you find a great doc (there are still a few out there).

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
5 years ago

Good morning and happy Saturday!

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
5 years ago

Catching up.

Quite the ride, Mr.Schmoe. The video technology nowadays is quite impressive as well and thanks again for covering for Mac.

Physical therapy is never fun, Mac, but something that needs to be done. Grit your teeth and do the best you can with--you and Mrs Mac will be encouraging to each other as you both go through it at the same time.

The Kings got schlonged and bounced out of the playoffs by the Sharks last night. Ducks still in it.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
5 years ago

You looked and sounded good in that video, Mac, and the story that Titan tells is inspiring. Can’t wait to show it to Mrs Sven when she gets up this morning.

Question: how difficult of a decision was it for you to invest with Titan? You took a huge risk that paid off not just financially, but…what’s the word here…morally? That’s not quite right but the only thing that pops into my mind right now. You did good.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
5 years ago

How’s the job coming, Paddy? This must be your first venture into this type of teaching format--what do you think of it?

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
5 years ago

I’m feeling very old fashioned in thinking that men and woman, boys and girls, ought to have separate public bathrooms. But then I guess it’s worse than quaint and more in the hater-racist-sexist-you-should-just-die camp to believe that gender is not as malleable and fluid as my betters tell me.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
5 years ago

Happy Caturday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa, Sven, and Mac!

Joe -- thanks for the video!

Sven -- I’m glad Mrs. Sven is back. I hope her trip was not too much of a pain.

Mac -- great video and even better story!

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
5 years ago

Sven -- the job is…interesting. I plan what amounts to 1-2 30 minute lessons a week that I’ll teach to 8 classes. There will be anywhere from 1-4 students who show up in any given class (out of 30 or so who should be showing up). I can usually count on two students showing up to multiple classes. I’m not really addressing their individual goals from their Individual Education Plan (IEP), because I don’t have those goals memorized, I don’t know who will show up, and it is difficult to teach three different things to three different kids in an online setting.

Work is on a year-to-year basis. As a sub in Special Ed, I know I have work through the end of the semester, but what about next year? They may not need a sub at the beginning of the year. They may not have an opening for a chemistry teacher next year. I don’t know what the turnover is in that department, but I know that they have a need for Special Ed teachers. The school has put together a pilot program with National University to offer an Education Specialist credential (allows you to teach Special Ed) and I was asked to attend the information session. Since I already have a credential, it would mean only 8 courses, plus 4 internship classes. The school (company) will pay for tuition, but they want a four year commitment. If you don’t meet the commitment, you’re on the hook for the tuition -- pro-rated. I really don’t want to deal with the hassle of writing papers and putting together portfolios, but it guarantees me four years of employment (with the possibility of moving up into a leadership position). I really think I’ve been black-balled, locally, and have serious doubts that I’ll ever be able to get a job at a traditional school again.

joeschmo1of3
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5 years ago

Here’s a picture of what the rolling video setup looks like.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
5 years ago

That’s quite the setup, Mr. Schmoe. The quality is stunning.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
5 years ago

Paddy, are these live online courses then that you are doing, or on-demand types of courses? I apologize for not remembering as I think you explained this before.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
5 years ago

Kind of funny. Mrs Sven was looking at the yearly fire abatement notices from the county/fire department and noticed that the lot they say we have to clear by June 1 is about 15 miles west of us. She contacted the county and they said, oops, we sent out about 15,000 notices with wrong information--we’ll be correcting that right away.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
5 years ago

Sven -- the courses I teach are live, but not recorded. General Ed courses are recorded to allow students to access them at any time, but because of FERPA (Federal Education Right to Privacy Act), mine can’t be recorded.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
5 years ago

Sven -- just keep reminding yourself: Top. Men.