OK, I have been lagging, but this is my 400th post! (Also: Husker Du?)

Sort of. That counts reruns. I know it’s been awhile, but I have some fresh material, I promise. We are hard upon spring break. Way too early this year for me, but as always, we’ll take ’em where we get ’em. Currently reading the Ray Bradbury story “The Earth Men” from The Martian Chronicles. Love […]

Off Topic Questions Part I

Way back in the day, I did my last round of student teaching at one of the two high schools in our district. This was when I still thought I wanted to teach high school (silly me), and my cooperating teacher (actually they were called master teachers back then) and I didn’t really see eye […]

BoT #2

We started reading Tom Sawyer today. This time, I’m going to try to read A LOT more of it in class. They need to hear the cadence and the twang, and the fun Mark Twain has with language. And I get to “talk southern.” (Aside: My dad grew up in Illinois, and when he got mad at […]

I Hate to Say I Told You So

Actually I don’t. Hate to say I told you so, that is. Nobody does. Everybody LOVES to say I told you so. Except to one’s spouse, I suppose. Even then, the temptation is mighty strong, and sometime wins out over logic. Anyway, I have been getting to say that phrase quite a bit lately. I […]

The Delivery

One of the before-school staff “development” days that wasn’t devoted to the new evaluation system was about the new “Common Core” Standards, and our beleaguered “teacher coaches”  were  in a little over their heads trying “coach” the combined staffs of our district’s two middle schools. Phew, that was a “sentence.” And it looks like a scare […]

State Testing…and etc.

Boy howdy, I’m really milking this one, huh? I think, after a week and a half, we’re up to number three on our list of teacher tips for state testing. (This pace reminds me of the classic Sr. Mary Elephant bit from Cheech and Chong back in the day: “Now class, Sr. Rosetta Stone has […]

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