“Dear Mr. Coward, I just checked Einstein’s grade…”

I was an early advocate for posting grades online. In fact, our site was the first school in the district to have a majority of the teachers posting grades and homework online, thank you very much. We were several years ahead of even the high school. I remember parents who were used to having easy […]

500th Post! And a Couple of Firsts.

Waitaminnit! I just went and looked, and the first posts on this here blog were all the way back in 2008. Nine years?! 500 posts?! Ok, some are reruns (mebbe 10-15%), but still… 270,000+ words! But enough looking backward… Although today’s post does have a bunch of links to some old classics from over the […]

Whose Perfect Day?

The old-timers around here know that I have a test every Friday. There are several reasons for this: I like to teach to the test. If your test is good, it’s a good thing to teach to it. I usually work backwards from Friday’s test when I am planning for the week. This is┬ápart of […]

Rerun: PIA -3 (2011)

Tomorrow is Friday; test day. Tomorrow will be Test #15, because we are in the 15th week of school, and we have a test every week. But this being junior high and all, there are still those getting used to the idea. “What are we doing today?” “What day is it?” “Friday!” “And…?” “It’s Friday!” […]

Pavlov’s Dawgs

Backstory: A while back one of the vocab words was elicit. And one of the practice sentences was: Every time Dr. Pavlov rang a bell, he _____(ed) a response from the dog, who thought he was going to be fed. And as we went over it I told the story of the conditioned response; you […]

Did I just hear YOU say that?

We’re working on apostrophes. The holiday’s are coming and its the time of year that lot’s of people start sending cards saying things like “Season’s Greeting’s from the Wright’s.” Sigh. At least they got one right. So on the warm up the other day I include the following: The ____ front yard has the best […]

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