11 x 4

Updated after the lovely Sue Dunlop also assigned me some homework. Also updated because I was doing it all wrong:)

Dean assigned me some homework (so did Sue), so, like a good student, I’m doing it below. I love using math expressions as titles, hence the 11×4. Enjoy.

11 Random Facts About Me:

  1. I love Jamaican Beef Patties, and I have a great story about them.
  2. I’ll play my ukelele any chance I get.
  3. My stomach growls very loudly, and I used to get in trouble for it in grade 1.
  4. I practically have a religious zeal for Asics shoes.
  5. Sometimes my wife and I call our kids really bad names when they’re not around.
  6. Growing up, my favourite professional athletes were Warren Moon, Dominique Wilkins, and Roberto Alomar.
  7. I’m on my iPhone far too much.
  8. I had a one-line speaking role in the BBC’s Father Ted.
  9. My current class of students will never know how much I adore and admire them.
  10. I like playing chess (well, all games really) against kids under 8 years old because they’re easier to beat.
  11. I get a lot of cred in the Twittersphere, but it’s actually my incognito wife Janet that’s the great one.

Answers to Dean’s 11 Questions:

  1. How do you feel about pants? I’m not really pro-pants if you mean ‘pants’ like something you need to wear to be an upstanding citizen and such. I do love my various pairs of jeans, but not sure if they qualify as ‘pants’. Wait a minute, I just realized sweatpants has the word ‘pants’ in it. OK, I love pants, especially these.
  2. What was the last movie you saw in a theatre? Catching Fire. I loved it.
  3. Where are your car keys? In my kitchen. I’m glad you asked me about my car keys because it gives me an excuse to tell you about the my awesome keychain which looks like this.
  4. What time is it? Hammer time.
  5. What’s the last tweet you favorited? This one about dyslexia and cursive writing. A fascinating topic.
  6. Outside of your immediate family, which relative do you like to spend time with? That would be a tie between my cousins Julie and Diane. They taught me how to ride the TTC by myself, took me to rock concerts, and ripped my jeans for me; my heroines growing up.
  7. Have you been to Saskatchewan? No, but I hope to visit it in the future. Also, although I’m not a CFL fan, I will always root for the GreenRiders.
  8. How long did it take you to walk to school as a kid? Probably around 30 minutes, but it felt like an epic Indiana Jones adventure every time. Some of my best stories in life involve walks to and from school. I’m sad that many of our kids won’t have the same in our afraid-of-everything culture. Want me to rant some more?
  9. Besides you, what blogger should I be paying attention to? I just stumbled upon this blog about an American educator teaching in Finland which was compelling to me.
  10. Name one golf course. Sorry, a blank. Tiger Words Golf Club? Arnold Palmer Land?
  11. What’s your favourite Seinfeld episode or line? Hmm, tough one. Probably the episode which always stays with me is the Vandelay Industries one. I will never be able to erase the image of George Constanza stumbling out of Jerry’s bathroom with his pants down yelling: VANDELAY INDUSTRIES!!! VANDELAY INDUSTRIES!!!

Answers to Sue’s 11 Questions:

  1. How many years in education? A decade.
  2. Running, biking, or swimming? Biking, without a doubt. It makes me feel like a kid.
  3. Do you have a book recommendation for me? Yes, you should read Alice E. Marwick‘s Status Update: Celebrity, Publicity, and Branding in the Social Media Age. It’s kind of a cynical take our favourite medium of the day, but an important one. Social media, like all media, can very strongly bespeak and reproduce hegemony.
  4. Messy desk or clean desk? Not always clean, but cannot think at a messy desk.
  5. Where do you get your blog ideas? I get blog ideas every day from living and reflecting on life in general; whether they inspire me to write is another thing altogether. Lately, I’ve been a bit less inspired to write as I’ve been going through some inner struggle with my educational thought. Maybe I’ll blog about it soon.
  6. Favourite recipe to make for someone you love? Chicken Katsu is one of my faves.
  7. Funniest thing a student ever said to you? Jeez, talk about a hard question. My students say funny things every day. Actually, I just realized something: if your students don’t say funny things to you on the regular, perhaps they don’t feel comfortable sharing their thoughts…
  8. How can I make my blog better? I’m going to go for the graphic design of your blog. I like the fact that it is simple, uncluttered and to-the-point. The ‘drop of water’ motif is quite a nice signature too. Perhaps the next thing for you is to get a new theme with a bit more edge to it. It would befit a risk-taking leader such as yourself. Theme Foundry is a great place to start.
  9. Best place you’ve ever had coffee? Anywhere in Spain, or this place in Toronto.
  10. How often do you blog? My goal used to be at least once per week, but see #5.
  11. When was the last time you attended a performance of Handel’s The Messiah? I’ve never had the fortune.

Homework for 11 bloggers who, of late (and like me), seem a bit allergic to their blog dashboards: 

First, tell us 11 random facts about yourself.

Second, answer these questions:

  1. Which season is your favourite, and why?
  2. How do you feel about paying $5 for a cup of coffee?
  3. What’s one habitual thing you do on a daily basis that you actually can’t stand doing?
  4. Would you rather be a small insect or a large carnivore?
  5. What song do you perpetually wish they would play when you’re out on the town, but they rarely do?
  6. At what age did you first have your heart broken, and who was the breaker?
  7. What is your opinion of subtitled foreign films?
  8. Tell us about a great restaurant in your town.
  9. What’s your favourite thing to do in the outdoors?
  10. Name a dead education theorist that influenced/s you.
  11. On a scale of 1-10 (1 not so much; 10 very much), how messy/dirty is your car?

Third, write 11 questions of your own to ask others.

Fourth, nudge 11 other bloggers to do the same.

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  1. says

    Great job, Royan! You didn’t finish your homework though … You need to write 11 new questions and tag 11 more people!
    You’re welcome. :-)

  2. says

    I too found it mildly interesting! Although I already knew about the Father Ted fact.
    I am very anti-pants right now. Although I’d be happy to recommend maternity pants to Dean. I’m finding them super comfy.

  3. says

    Royan – thanks for your thoughtful answers. Your book recommendation looks super interesting. Bought it. Why not? And, I am going to change my blog theme. I’ve never been super happy with it so thanks for the link to The Theme Foundry.

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