In a list of things that made her laugh recently, New York teacher writingsam of clean up on aisle life includes some timely (school) election news: In a campaign speech for President of the Student Government, one boy stated, "I promise to do something about that smell in the boys' bathroom, because it's just -- I mean -- you know -- it's just disgusting. I'll get air fresheners, maybe a ceiling fan, but I promise you, I'll do something!" (Followed by wild cheers.) Now there's an area where we can probably all agree that you don't want to "stay the ...


NYC Educator recounts a day spent trying to convince administrators that he is, indeed, himself. I was in my trailer, teaching something, when the phone rang. I picked it up. "This is Miss Grundy from the switchboard. Is this NYC Educator?" "Yes it is." "Well I just sent a kid to your trailer with a coverage, and he says you told him you weren't you." "Well, that can't be," I assured her. "I am most certainly me." "AREN'T I ME?" I asked my beginning ESL class. "Yes, teacher, you are you." they called out, with varying levels of enthusiasm. A ...


Mr. Lawrence of Get Lost, Mr. Chips, succinctly explains his frustration with Sen. John Kerry's recent comments about education and Iraq. Kerry's remark: "You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq." And Mr. Lawrence's thoughts: Can this guy do anything right? I'm glad I voted for him - 'lesser evilism' and all that business - but one thing the Democrats never seem to realize is that they're not very good at ...


Mr. AB of From the TFA Trenches finds that October is a long, long month for teachers. There's week upon week without a vacation, culminating in Halloween, which tends to awaken innate witching tendancies in even the best students. So to keep himself going, Mr. AB has been focusing on the progress he's making with his 4th and 5th graders: Every week we take a timed math facts test, 100 problems in 5 minutes. 4th and 5th graders should be working on multiplication and division, but this year we started on subtraction. Even at that, only 4 students passed the ...


Graycie of Today's Homework, still in a state of disbelief, tells how her seniors her were taken out of class for an hour for a presentation by a company that sells class rings and other commemorative trinkets and clothing items: Now, I know that kids want stuff. And if their parents can afford it, fine. And if they earn the money themselves and choose to spend it on this sort of gewgaws, also fine. But. Don't make time during school class time to pack them into the cafeteria and show them slick catalogs and fancy power-point shows of all the ...


After an exercise on verb tenses in which a number of her students wrote (among other things) that the past participle of freeze is "froozen," Jules the Crazy of Mildly Melancholy finds herself becoming increasingly frustrated with her class—and herself: FINE, none of them are actually stupid or dumb. Gah, I know I can't say that and that I'm going to hell for even thinking it. I don't really believe they're idiots. Senseless goofs, some of them, yes. LOTS of them are really low level and that makes me very nervous, because I really don't know if anything I do...


Mei Flower offers a painfully honest reaction to the recent spat of shootings in schools: Just so you know, I am TERRIFIED about the number of school shootings that have occurred in the last few weeks. Like, I don't even want to go to school, because someone might shoot me. In her post, she decries a culture that she sees as growing increasingly accepting of the idea of students bringing weapons to schools, and she offers some stern child-raising tips. Among them: “No video games. Of any kind.” I believe these things have desensitized kids to the point that they ...


From the desk of Hobo Teacher comes this tale of well-intentioned leadership programs gone wrong. Apparently, Hobo Teacher's school participates in the Baron Advisory Program, a series of occasional lessons that are supposed to impart students with non-academic interpersonal skills. So the teachers got together to do a dry run of the week's BAP activity ... which turned out to involve taping paper plates to one another's backs and using markers to write compliments on said plates. But since the teachers involved didn't know each other, consider some of the resulting "compliments": "One time you held a door open for me. ...


Teaching in the 408's TMAO thinks that teacher training has suffered under NCLB: ... the timelines for meeting so-called "highly qualified" status are such that more and more universities transformed into certification factories, churning out highly qualified teachers the way a South East Asian factory produces plastic toys. I should know: I got my credential from one such place. To fix the problem, TMAO says, ed schools must move away from a linear teacher-preparation system and instead use a two-tiered system. His ideal plan would involve one year of teaching, then a year out of the classroom doing content-specific degree requirements, ...


Elementaryhistoryteacher writes poignantly of her memories of September 11, and her most "rambunctious" student, T., tardy that morning, who burst into class with the news that a plane had crashed and that New York City was "on fire." She continues: I walked over to the television, hit the on button and switched the channel to CNN ... the only 24-hour new channel our school could get at the time. The image hit me like a ton of bricks. ...“Oh my gosh, T. You’re right.” I said as I backed up from the screen. The room got very still and we ...


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