Upon closer inspection in the light this morning, I realized that my car really has negligible damage from the rear-ending. It's scratched a little, but what I thought was scrapes was actually just paint chips from her car. Score! She took more damage than I did!
Of course, the mirror is still dangling, and I hope to claim that. She did knock it off; no one has to know that at that point, duct tape was holding it on. However, my $500 deductible will surely exceed the cost of the mirror, and I'm unsure how to prove it wasn't my fault without a police report. My claims adjustor called me today, and I called her back, but we were unable to connect so I could ask her these questions. Either way, it's going to work out okay.
The kids are wiry right now, as they often are right before a break. I've given a huge project to complete over Thanksgiving and I'm not the most popular guy at the moment, but I know they'll enjoy it once they get into it.
As I was explaining one of the projects today - one option allows the kids to write eulogies for Troy Maxson from the perspective of different characters in the play - I said something like, "Now, remember that eulogies are laudatory speeches about the dead, so you shouldn't write something like, 'Troy Maxson was a cheating bastard.'"
One 9th grade girl gasped and said, "He cursed!"
She said it with such an innocent tone that I immediately felt guilty about saying it and pretended not to hear her. However, I was saved by Tyler, who said, "Don't worry, we're in high school now. The teachers are allowed to swear. We're grown now."
I, however, was not aware that "bastard" was a swear word. Really. I happen to use that word fairly often - not in the classroom, but in conversation. The words that must stay out of my classroom are pretty much relegated to the two F-words (fuck or faggot), the N-word, the S-word, the B-word, and the C U Next Tuesday word. And even with any of those, I don't make that big of a deal with it. I've got bigger fish to fry.
Had an excellent Coach Class with four kids who failed first quarter. I'm glad when a kid fails and their parents are immediately on them about going to coach class. I'm sure they'll bring their grades up this quarter.
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