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    27th February 2012

    Not that I’m still thinking about it, but…

    It’s not that I’m still thinking about how I was right and was unjustly blasted in class 4 or 5 months ago… but… I was thinking about this blog post from October, and did another quick google search and came up with some more quality evidence:

    Students in high-quality school music programs score higher on standardized tests compared to students in schools with deficient music education programs, regardless of the socioeconomic level of the school or school district. Students in top-quality music programs scored 22% better in English and 20% better in math than students in deficient music programs. Students in top-quality instrumental programs scored 19% higher in English than students in schools without a music program. Students in top quality instrumental programs scored 17% higher in math than children in schools without a music program. Students at schools with excellent music programs had higher English and math test scores across the country than students in schools with low-quality music programs. Students in all regions with lower-quality instrumental programs scored higher in English and math than students who had no music at all. MENC Journal of Research in Music Education, Winter 2006, vol. 54, No. 4, pgs. 293- 307; “Examination of Relationship between Participation in School Music Programs of Differing Quality and Standardized Test Results” Christopher M. Johnson and Jenny E. Memmott, University of Kansas (from the National Music Educators’ Association website)

    Hooray music.

    23rd February 2012

    Always a good pick-me-up…

    I like reading Rick Reilly’s columns. I did back when he was with SI, and still do on ESPN. A good pick me up after a frustrating class period. Remind us all of the goodness of people, Rick. Thanks.

    20th February 2012

    Swim With Mike Fundraiser/Advertising Opportunity

    Who among you has not at some point desired the opportunity to publicly embarrass me? And what small business owner or independent contractor has not at times coveted the chance to advertise your company or person right along side my beautiful self? Or maybe you just want to contribute to a great cause and help out a friend?…

    If you are interested in any of the above scenarios, you just might be in luck.

    It is now the time of year when I should do some fundraising for Swim With Mike. It’s an amazing organization. They’re footing a lot of the bill for my time here at USC and I’m quite thankful. And most of the folks I deal with from Swim With Mike are very understanding of the fact that I’m not in a regular undergraduate program and I don’t have a ton of time to do fundraising right now… See the post below this one.

    But there are also some folks within the org who are pushing me to get on the fundraising train immediately. More specifically, since this should be my last year (of two) as a Swim With Mike recipient, they want me (and all the other “graduating” recipients) to buy space/fundraise-to-buy-space in the 2012 Swim With Mike event programs – akin to those senior yearbook pages that I didn’t get when I was in high school. I love Swim With Mike, but I don’t really have THAT many memories with the organization yet, and, well, the space costs $1500…

    And the ad is due March 1.


    I might not have a lot of time to get this done and I also don’t have lots of things that I would want to put on that page…

    Which is why I’m offering the advertising space to you folks out there. Anyone want to sponsor some space on a page that will say something about how much I’ve enjoyed being a recipient, have a small picture of me, and then have as much of the rest of the page be whatever you pay to put on it?

    From the 2012 Swim With Mike Yearbook ad-rate sheet:

    The Swim With Mike Yearbook has become the major source of information and public relations about the Swim With Mike organization throughout the year. The Swim With Mike Yearbook will be distributed to all guests, participants and donors on the day of the event. It will also be handed out at all other Swim With Mike satellite Events and will be included in press kits reaching an audience of over 5,000 people. The yearbook will also be mailed to all those who donate $1,000 or more to the event.

    Come on now! Buy some space on the page. Use it to put embarrassing photos of me in the yearbook. Shoot, pay enough and I will take embarrassing photos of myself at your request and put it on the page.

    If you’re interested, contact me! Leave a comment, find me on facebook, or send me a message at darylholmlund [at] gmail [dot] com. Or if you already know that you want to sponsor me, advertising or not, go to my Swim With Mike Swimmer page!

    P.S. I’ve posted a lot about Swim With Mike in the past, so I’m not going to write more about it now, but you can find out more at the SWM website, or you can read what I’ve written here, here, and here.

    12th February 2012

    My schedule this week:

    10:00 a.m. Skip church so I can sleep in and stop being sick.
    10:01 a.m. Start working on homework.
    3:30 p.m. Watch part of Super Bowl while working on assignment

    12:59 a.m. Give up on finishing paper until morning. Sleep.
    4:15 a.m. Get up and work on finishing paper.
    5:30 a.m. Start getting myself ready for the day, eat breakfast.
    7:20 a.m. Leave my apartment.
    7:30 a.m. Get to Orthopaedic Hospital Medical Magnet High School. Discuss context clues using Cloze Reading activities; finish planning lessons for next day.
    10:15 a.m. Actually submit paper started the night before, finished during planning period.
    3:30 p.m. Leave Ortho.
    3:40 p.m. Rush up to my apartment to grab some things I had accidentally left behind (my phone and a book for class).
    4:00 p.m. Arrive at AT&T building for a meeting with the my placement adviser and English pedagogy professor to discuss my current student-teaching placement.
    4:55 p.m. Head from the 21st floor offices to the 6th floor classroom areas for EDUC 519.
    4:58 p.m. Grab a footlong Italian BMT at Subway on the 1st floor en route to class. Thank you FebruAny.
    5:10 p.m Try to stay awake while we watch a French movie called The Class for two hours.
    8:30 p.m. Return back to my apartment building. Chill out for a few minutes talking to roommate. Eat more dinner. Watch The Office on Hulu.
    9:30 p.m. Try to make my lesson plan for the next day better.
    11:30 p.m. Sleep.

    5:10 a.m. Alarm goes off.
    5:25 a.m. I get out of bed.
    7:20 a.m. Leave my apartment.
    7:30 a.m. Orthopaedic HS. Videotape myself trying to facilitate a jigsaw reading activity about the onset of Realism and trying convince some 12th grade students to read “A Piece of String” by Guy de Maupassant. It’s a challenging text with a lot of detail. Try to convince 12th grade students to write about the Realist elements of “A Piece of String.” Debrief with teacher. Plan how to make lesson plan better for tomorrow.
    3:15 p.m. Sit in on staff meeting about assigning and improving student writing in all subjects.
    3:50 p.m. Leave meeting early so I can “get ready for class.”
    4:05 p.m. Stroll around downtown for a couple miles to get some exercise.
    4:35 p.m. Get a burrito from Chipotle. Head back toward AT&T building for class.
    5:00 p.m. EDUC 513B.
    6:50 p.m. EDUC is supposed to end.
    7:00 p.m. EDUC 568 is supposed to start.
    7:20 p.m. EDUC 513B actually ends.
    7:30 p.m. EDUC 568 actually starts. Watch and discuss segments from The First Year, a documentary about first year teachers in Los Angeles.
    7:40 p.m. Try to stay awake.
    9:15 p.m. Head home.
    9:30 p.m. Waste time on internet, needing to decompress after a long day.
    10:30 p.m. Take a shower, shave, take care of myself.
    11:30 p.m. Sleep

    5:10 a.m. Alarm goes off.
    5:25 a.m. I get out of bed.
    7:20 a.m. Leave my apartment.
    7:30 a.m. Orthopaedic HS.
    3:45 p.m. Arrive home, check email, sit down and think about falling asleep.
    4:15 p.m. Head over to campus for SWIM WITH MIKE fundraising kick off event.
    4:30 p.m. Spend a few hours sealing information/fundraising packets with stickers. Don Ludwig says they’re sending out “Oh, about 20,000” of them. Stickering mailers isn’t too exciting, but there are a lot of great people there and free dinner (pizza from USC’s kitchens – note this).
    6:45 p.m. The sticker sticking party ends because we run out of supplies and I head over to the USC School of Cinematic Arts building.
    7:00 p.m. Watch screening of documentary, First Generation. The film follows four students from their junior year through graduation, paying attention to their college application process and decisions. After the movie, there was a discussion with the film makers, one of the students they were documenting, and one of the scholars they interviewed. As tired as I was I’m really glad I went to this, and maybe I’ll post more about it sometime soon.
    9:30 p.m. Hit the Lyon Center for a quick workout.
    10:15 p.m. On the way back, my wheelchair is feeling tough to push so I stop and inspect my caster wheels, realizing that the screw holding the axle is gone. I carefully push the rest of the way home so as to not lose the axle or caster wheel.
    10:30 p.m. Ask Colin if I can borrow some parts from his manual wheelchair (not the first time I’ve done asked this). Take out the bolt holding the axle in place; figure out how to get it to work with my caster. My left caster now looks like Frankenstein with bolts coming out of the neck… But it’s functional.
    11:30 p.m. Home. Think about lessons for the next day for a few minutes and sleep.

    5:10 a.m. Alarm goes off.
    5:25 a.m. I get out of bed.
    7:20 a.m. Leave my apartment.
    7:30 a.m. Orthopaedic HS.
    10:30 a.m. Dr. John Pascarella, my English pedagogy professor for the MAT program comes to observe me teaching. The day is a hodgepodge of different activities.
    12:31 p.m. “Well, I have four pages of notes, single spaced…” Spend the half hour lunch period going over Dr. Pascarella’s observations from my lesson.
    3:30 p.m. Bust out of the school and head home.
    4:05 p.m. Go to the McDonald’s Swim Stadium to get in a little 40 minute swim workout.
    5:30 p.m. Back to my building to hang out with students from ENGAGE, a group for young people (currently we have students age 4-16) run by OT students who live in Centennial (the building where I live). For the first half of the time we help students work on homework; the second half we play games, make crafts, and eat dinner.
    8:30 p.m. I make it to Mike Nyeholt’s group of seats at the USC – Cal basketball game (that’s the “Mike” from Swim With Mike). Ron Orr, USC assistant AD and one of the directors from Swim With Mike, had mentioned there was a Swim “recruit” who would be watching the game with Mike. The recruit, Cory Greenbaum from New York, is a good bet to get the scholarship and is deciding between Stanford, USC, and a few other schools. We talk about the scholarship, about spinal cord injury, life, and about USC. Before I leave with 3 minutes of game to play (with the Trojans down big and sleep sounding delicious), Cory asks for my number “for when I’m out here next year”. Maybe not 100% decided, but this is a pretty special place and the benefits of being a Swim With Mike student at USC are great.

    5:10 a.m. Alarm goes off.
    5:25 a.m. I get out of bed.
    7:20 a.m. Leave my apartment.
    7:30 a.m. Orthopaedic HS.
    3:30 p.m. It’s Friday. A student used that song in class today as an example for something that everybody wants to see because it is getting so much bad press, akin to the help that A Doll’s House (which two classes will be reading) received at the box office from the critics decrying the play’s (at the time) controversial ending.
    3:45 p.m. Haircut.
    4:15 p.m. Grocery store.
    5:00 p.m. Light charcoal.
    5:30 p.m. Grill tri-tip, chicken, and asparagus. Enjoy an evening off with friends before getting back to work on Saturday. I have a video to edit and submit, a paper to write, a lesson reflection, two or three or four minor assignments I’m behind on, papers to grade, lessons to write, and a group project to plan (besides reading for classes that I probably won’t get to). Oh, and sleep to catch up on.

    It’s been a good week, but full of activity. Next week will be similar. And the week after. But there is an end in sight, and I’m glad to be in a program that only lasts 12 months. Please consider whether you might be willing to donate to Swim With Mike on my behalf this year. I’ll be preparing for the swim-a-thon soon (when I can find time), and will also be making a push for fundraising in the upcoming weeks (when I have time).


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