[Classroom Rules] Chicago

This caped teacher and one of her caped friends watched Chicago a while back on the television box.  We intended to watch something else, but this caped teacher made an error in planning.  Good news though, Rule #5 has revealed itself (see the rest of the rules here). Roxie Hart has quite shocking language in…

[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…

[Student Behavior] 8th Grade Moonies

I am the opposite of cerebral.  I am intuitive, imaginative, and impractical.  I am loosey-goosey, dreamy, and have a casual relationship with time.  BUT.  I prefer provable facts over what-ifs or maybes.  If I am going to make a statement or declaration, I look it up first. That said,  I am fixin’ to make a declaration.  Actually two.…

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…

Rule #1

One of my turtle-heads tends to favor a good lie (okay, any lie) over the truth.  As this caped teacher is, along with many others, able to discern a lie in the seconds before it is told, I find myself catching lies multiple times a day.  They are often little lies–“no I didn’t put that…

Rule #11

It’s Father’s Day, and as I’ve mentioned before (here and here) even Super Teachers have Dads.  I want to send a shout-out to my Pops.  He was the first to support and, dare I say, read this blog with regularity.  He and I have worked through some things in the last thirty-odd years and each…

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…