[Classroom Management] Campfire

I’ve mentioned before that I use the television show NCIS for inspiration–especially my name and my classroom rules (current list here). One time I mentioned “calling a campfire,” but I didn’t really explain it.  I will ‘splain.  There is too much, I will sum up… There is a character on NCIS named Dinozzo. At one…

[Classroom Management] Offsides

Recently I had to institute the offsides rule in my classroom.  Granted, I don’t fully comprehend the rule, and, as I am wont to do, I have adjusted it to meet my needs.  Life is so much easier when you can make things mean what you want them to mean. My lamby-pie that seeks attention…

[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…

Whatev

I was going to title this post “god-light”.  You know, the light that sometimes shines through the clouds and, some say, looks all biblical and stuff?  I did a search on it, and found… well… very little that describes it as I want it described.  Then I thought I’d use “A-Ha”.  A search ensued, and…

My Darling Clementine

All of my classrooms have a ghost.  Either I have a strong link to the Other Side, or I need a patsy for the odd things that happen in my room… you can guess which one.  In this classroom her name is Clementine. Way back in the olden days of yore, my aforementioned amazing cousin-friend (here and…

Woe and Despair

Just kidding.  No woe.  No despair.  I was pretending.  Sometimes, when the kidlets are being obnoxious, I strike this pose (usually standing up, but it was sunny and I wanted to rest) and someone says for me, “Is it hard to be you?” To which I reply, “Yes.  It is hard to be me.  Woe and despair.”…

Rule #8

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs is one of my professional role models.  It is for him that I have asked my students this year to call me Boss.  I am not a TV fanatic, and I prefer not to pay the cable company any of my hard-earned money.  I have, however, watched many episodes of…