10:00 PM UPDATE AND PUZZLER ANSWER: THE HEART-SHAPED OBJECTS BELOW WERE THE SEEDS OF THIS PLANT WHICH IS CALLED "RATTLEBOX" ... AT LEAST AROUND HERE.
THE SEEDS BELOW ARE IN THE PALM OF MY HAND SO YOU CAN SEE HOW TINY THEY ARE.
THANKS FOR PLAYING ALONG.
Speaking of hearts ... I'll be taking a CPR refresher this morning. I let my certification lapse last year after decades of being certified and need to get back on the train.
So, I'll be kissing a dummy at some point this morning, (my wife says it's not so bad ... you get used to it) which should get me out of some teacher meeting where they introduce another new program and at least two new catchy acronymns.
Monday was the first day back for teachers and the NEW PROGRAM count was two.
Yesterdays meetings covered NCLB and a NEW reading program.
CPR will keep me out of the general meeting for part of today, but I'm sure my afternoon will be one of fascinating NEW programs and clever acronymns. Only the army has more acronymns than education and we're gaining on them.
In a week of "preplanning", teachers are only guaranteed ONE day of uninterrupted planning time.
The rest of the week is stuffed to the gills with meetings and NEW program trainings and it's only a legal contract that keeps that one day free for us to think and plan.
The educational bureaucracy in this country makes the old Soviet 5-year plans look positively efficient.