And I was worried that this post would be full of random, unrelated information

The homework works itself like a hobo on Thanksgiving.

We were doing an activity with similies in 10th/11th grade class today, and that was one example that a couple of students came up with. They explained it by saying that hobos don't usually do much work anyway, so on Thanksgiving (a day off) they would do even less work. I was impressed by their creativity, so I didn't mention that the "works itself" part didn't make a lot of sense. I also showed some funny similes that I found that were actually written by high school students on essays, but most of them kinda went over the students' heads. Maybe you will understand better. Here are a few highlights:

-She grew on him like she was a colony of E. coli and he was room-temperature Canadian beef.

-Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.

-He was as tall as a six-foot-three-inch tree.

-From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had aneerie, surreal quality, like when you're on vacation in another city and Jeopardy comes on at 7:00 p. m. instead of 7:30.

-Her hair glistened in the rain like a nose hair after a sneeze.

-John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met.

-It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids around with power tools

We are going to listen to this song tomorrow in class. It relates to the book we've been reading. It's pretty cool.

Speaking of songs . . . do you know of any good ones to sing with students, especially 7th graders? I've been trying to add some new ones to the class repertoire lately. The 7th graders are mostly interested in rockin' songs. The nice thing is that almost any song we sing in class is new to them. For example, today I introduced them to Old Friend by the Supertones. What other songs should I do? They could be old or new. Seriously, tell me.

Many of you probably got an email from Robin today. If you didn't, please pray for the school to find new English teachers to begin in July. And if you know of anyone interested, let us know.