Friday, September 7, 2012

Friday Fragments Sept. 7

This is an entry for Friday Fragments sponsored by Mrs. 4444 at Half-past kissing time.  Click on the link and see who else is fragmenting!

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My first appearance at Friday Fragments in 3 weeks.  Yes people, school (University) has started for me and I feel like I've been in a boxing ring, random punches coming in from all over.  Or like the Red Queen from Alice in Wonderland, running as fast as she can, just to stay in one place.

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First a big shout out to my mom, who flew in and looked after my children, even driving the huge van to take them to their friend's house when necessary.  Why? Because my University started 1.5 weeks before my children's school.

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Mom and I did get to have some time together - mostly buying clothes for me.  My old wardrobe had gotten a bit worn and I was not buying new items.  Thank you mom for buying most of a great new wardrobe for me.

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Early in the semester I assign an exercise where students 'invest' pretend money in natural resource stocks or in gold, silver, platinum.  They have to follow the rules of the assignment to get full credit.  It surprises me every year to have several American students who have NO CLUE how the stock market works.  "What is a share?" asked asked one student the other day.

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School started Tuesday for my 3 children.  Yes I was sad and nervous that first day, esp. for #1 Son, who was going to the high school for the first time.  How are they doing?  They assure me all is well though I am certainly not getting any details!

Viridian

8 comments:

Keetha Broyles said...

I had kids that were talkers and told me everything, and then again their siblings told me NOTHING even when I tried to drag it out of them with wild horses.

bill lisleman said...

There are many adults who don't understand what a "share of stock" is. Curious why you had them only pick natural resource related ones. Tell them the FaceBook stock story - a good "you can't get rich quick all the time" story.

viridian said...

Bill:
I teach geology and I just covered mineral resources - therefore the limitations.

Unknown Mami said...

I would be one of those clueless students. As the daughter of a single immigrant mother, shares weren't something that just came up in our home. I'm glad you are helping to spread a clue.

nancygrayce said...

My children never told me anything about school except each afternoon when I asked how school went, they answered fine. When I asked what they learned they said, nothing! I said then it didn't go fine! As grown ups sometimes they share too much with me! :)

Nani said...

No details for Mom about high school...yeah, that sounds about right. :)

I knew what a share was, but not so much how it was used or why the value of just one in a small company really isn't all that much and why one share in a large company could cost so much more. When I actually started investing, my financial rep had to really go over everything with me. When it was *my* money, then I *needed* to understand!

Laurie Matherne said...

Ah. The first day of high school. I guess somethings are just too precious to tell mama right away.

noexcuses said...

Stopping in from Half-Past Kissin'! Great for all to be back at school. There will be plenty of time to know how their days went, but I think it's always a good thing to ask anyway. Maybe something really spectacular happened and they are just "itchin'" to tell you!

Hope you have a great school year!

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