A double dose of 3-2-1s

Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about you when it came to 3-2-1 time last week. It just so happens that one of my 3-2-1s had some personal information about one of my students, so I decided to hold the post until this week. (and I know you’re wondering, but let’s just say that my student needs some prayer in the upcoming weeks).

Anyway, here’s what I’ve got for you:


  • Our first issue of the school newspaper came out this week! The students are so excited to finally see their product, and I’ve been showing off to my friends. The answer is yes: It is just as rewarding to see an issue come out for an adviser as it is for a student.
  • We had a presentation about interviewing with Becki Nappi of the Spokesman-Review, and I was really impressed! I have to admit, I was a little wary due to my journalistic background. But, not only did she teach us well, she gave me some ideas I can use with my staff in the future.
  • I’ve been talking with some of my friends recently who say things like, “Oh man, teaching? I could never do that,” or “Hey, good luck; you’re going to need it.” I think that part of the reason I’m enjoying this so much is that I can laugh at the little things that could really annoy other people.


  • At methods class on Monday night, Andy handed me a book and video for “Night,” the book I’m writing a unit for. I was kind of speechless; I completely didn’t expect that. Methods class is such a great resource for ideas. If it weren’t all the way down at LCHS, I’d wish it was every week!
  • I was able to teach the sixth-period freshmen English class on Monday, and we were reading from “Inherit the Wind.” The whole reading-out-loud thing fell flat for a couple of scenes, until we got to a scene that was held at a tent revival. The student who was assigned to read the preacher’s role asked if he could come up to the front of the room, and the class really got into it. It goes to show that although I might try something, it’s the students who decide whether it’s successful or not.
  • While teaching that same class, I tried to tell a joke that fell flat. Whoops. Explaining it was a five-minute diversion. Coupled with Lindsay’s experience where she mentioned NSync and none of the students knew she was talking about, those two experiences let me know that you can’t assume students will understand the pop culture references you make. I’m close to their age, but not that close.
  • Going to the presentation on Student Voice was actually really cool. I was pretty skeptical when I sat down at the table next to that huge, mostly empty binder. But after hearing the presentations and watching some videos, I became more convinced. It’s not like they’re saying, “you need to do this for every assignment,” but rather, “why don’t you work this in somewhere and let us know how it goes?”


To quote Sines of Learning, “the first day of school came and all my good intentions to blog about this experience went out the window.” Except, instead of “the first day,” it was “the first three weeks.” Oops.

I will have more for you. I promise. One of my “New (school) Year’s Resolutions” was to keep up on this thing, and I haven’t forgotten about it.

More content will be coming in the not-so-distant future. Until then, click here enjoy “Kim & Jessie” by M83, as part of Pitchfork‘s live series titled “Juan’s Basement”.

The Final Countdown – 5/6

Europe – The Final Countdown
Animal Collective – Peacebone
The Hold Steady – Chips Ahoy!
Arcade Fire – Intervention
Belle and Sebastian – Your Cover’s Blown
Mostly Bears – Airports
Brand New – The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows
Taking Back Sunday – Cute Without the E (Cut From The Team)
Fall Out Boy – I’ve Got a Dark Alley and a Bad Idea That Says You Should Shut Your Mouth
The Format – Tune Out
Alkaline Trio – Help Me
Interpol – Evil
Bloc Party – I Still Remember
The Decemberists – Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then)
Death Cab For Cutie – Photobooth
The Shins – Girl Sailor
The National – Fake Empire
Lindsey Pool – Doomed to Lose
Weezer – Don’t Let Go
Spoon – Don’t You Evah
The Promise Ring – Happiness is All The Rage
Ozma – Shooting Stars
Motion City Soundtrack – Even if it Kills Me
The Killers – Sam’s Town
The Matches – Wake The Sun

The Final Countdown – 4/29

Europe – The Final Countdown
Alkaline Trio – Help Me
Fall Out Boy – Hum Hallelujah
AFI – Girl’s Not Grey
Panic! at the Disco – That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed)
Gnarls Barkley – Who’s Gonna Save My Soul
Jamie Lidell – Little Bit of Feel Good
Jens Lekman – The Opposite of Hallelujah
Sufjan Stevens – The Mistress Witch from McClure (Or, The Mind That Knows Itself)
The National – Fake Empire
Coldplay – Violet Hill
Muse – Supermassive Black Hole
Foo Fighters – Generator
Brand New – Okay, I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don’t
Bloc Party – The Prayer
Vroom – Peter Vest (I Stole Your N64)
Cold War Kids – Hang Me Up to Dry
The Rocket Summer – Do You Feel
Phantom Planet – All Over Again
Lindsey Pool – Doomed to Lose
Spoon – Finer Feelings
David Bowie – Space Oddity
Arcade Fire – The Well and The Lighthouse
Mostly Bears – Melancholyism
Modest Mouse – Ocean Breathes Salty
The Killers – Mr. Brightside
Annuals – Sore

The Final Countdown – 4/22

Europe – The Final Countdown
Yeasayer – Wait for the Summer
Animal Collective – Fireworks
Radiohead – The National Anthem
Annuals – Sore
Jamie Lidell – Little Bit of Feel Good
Everclear – AM Radio
The Matches – Wake The Sun
Weezer – Buddy Holly
The Flaming Lips – Race for the Prize (Remix)
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Let The Cool Goddess Rust Away
The Juliana Theory – We’re at the Top of the World (To the Simple Two)
Weezer – Pork and Beans
The Slip – Children of December
Death Cab for Cutie – The Sound of Settling
Belle and Sebastian – I’m a Cuckoo
Five Iron Frenzy – Blue Comb ’78
Jimmy Eat World – Chase This Light
The Killers – Bones
Saves the Day – At Your Funeral
Spoon – Don’t You Evah
The Format – The First Single (Cause a Scene)
Phantom Planet – Hey Now Girl
Regina Spektor – On The Radio
The Rocket Summer – Tell Me Something Good
The Decemberists – Sons & Daughters

The Final Countdown – 4/15

Europe – The Final Countdown
Annuals – Sore
M83 – Graveyard Girl
Mew – The Zookeeper’s Boy
Arcade Fire – (Antichrist Television Blues)
Spoon – Don’t Make Me a Target
Ghoti Hook – Ghost in the Graveyard
Weezer – Holiday
Ozma – If I Only Had a Heart
The Get Up Kids – I’m a Loner, Dottie, a Rebel
Saves the Day – Cars & Calories
The Juliana Theory – Do You Believe Me?
Foo Fighters – Generator
MuteMath – Chaos
Oasis – Acquiesce
R.E.M. – Living Well is The Best Revenge
Smashing Pumpkins – Tonight, Tonight
The Format – Time Bomb
Something Corporate – I Woke Up in a Car
Ben Folds – Landed
Ben Kweller – Falling
Daft Punk – Face to Face / Short Circuit
Muscles – Hey Muscles I Love You
Flight of the Conchords – Inner City Pressure
Justice – DVNO
Gnarls Barkley – The Last Time
Beck – Debra

The Final Countdown – 4/1

Europe – The Final Countdown
Mostly Bears – Melancholyism
Arcade Fire – Intervention
Belle and Sebastian – The Stars of Track and Field
Death Cab for Cutie – Blacking Out the Friction (live)
Gnarls Barkley – Blind Mary
Radiohead – Video Tapez (AmpLive remix feat. Del the Funky Homosapien)
Matisyahu – Indestructible
The Go! Team – Everyone’s a VIP to Someone
Taking Back Sunday – Miami
Saul Williams – List of Demands (Reparations)
Wolfmother – Joker and the Thief
The White Stripes – Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground
Fall Out Boy – Hum Hallelujah
Saves the Day – See You
Mxpx – Summer of 69
Motion City Soundtrack – Truth Hits Everybody
Jens Lekman – The Opposite of Hallelujah
Sufjan Stevens – Come On! Feel the Illinoise!
Jack’s Mannequin – Bruised
The Bens – Bruised
Yeasayer – Wait For The Summer
Animal Collective – Fireworks
Mostly Bears – The Digital Divide
Bloc Party – Flux
The National – Start a War