[Teaching Stories] So Very Many Things

Although a short week (for me), this week held very many things to think about, deal with, look up, figure out, wonder about, come to terms with, understand, or fix.  Here is a list of things off of the top of my head.  Each of these things is directly related to one or more of…

[Classroom Management] When Duct Tape is Appropriate

I have an Incessant Leaner in my classroom.  He leans back in his chair, the chairs get bendy and squeaky AND he has fallen on his little poodle head multiple times.  Today, he and I came up with a solution: DUCT TAPE!!! *Note–HE suggested the duct tape.  It’s not a vicious punishment– in fact another…

[Teaching Tools] Don’t Be A Name-Caller

Well friends, it’s that time again.  Get ready, cover your mouths, and zip your lips.  It’s… link here Did you know? I did, but then I forgot. Now I’m wracking my brain to think if I did any name-calling this week. I’m quite certain I didn’t call any of the poodle-heads names. Except for Poodle-head,…

[NPBTS] Sooooo….

The time has come for this caped teacher to renew her National Teaching Certificate. Back in 2002 I earned (got? won? obtained?) a national certification in Early Adolescent/English-Language Arts.  I won’t bore you with the details of that whole thing unless you ask me.  If you’re interested in the original application process or what it means, I…

[Friday Free-Day] Bumper Stickers

I don’t like bumper stickers. They are messy-looking, and they tell me more information about the drivers than I want to know. When I drive behind a car with a hot mess of bumper stickers, I can’t help but stare at them, read them, analyse them. This is not only dangerous, but completely ruins the chi of my driving…