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…

Quote of the Week #3

Ms. M:  Happy Birthday R.  Here’s your birthday pencil! R:  Is that all? Ms. M: (gives “the look”) R:  I mean thank you.

It’s a good day when…

T’was the first day back from a two-week vay-cay.  All the punkin’ heads were reading their books.  Ms. M. notices A. leafing a little too quickly through his and questions his actions.  A. replies, “I’m looking for a hyphenated modifier.” And he was! It’s a good day when one of your little turtle doves learns…

Quote of the Week #2

Student walks in, reaches into his pocket and says, in a decent Scarface impression: “Say ‘allo to my little… “ Student pulls out a pen. “…pen.” Student smiles. Note: It has been pointed out to me that this little quote could be seen as threatening–at least considering the Scarface reference and the fact that the…

Tar Beach

For Spirit Day yesterday, I used a project inspired by the book Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold. In this story a girl imagines she is flying above the night skies of New York and claiming it for herself. She reclaims the union building that won’t let her father join due to the color of his…

Bait and Switch

Earlier this year our little program was in the depths of student misbehavior. A couple of strong role models were pretty much running the place with chronic defiance and bullying. We had tried everything we could think of to change the tide and were at a loss. By this point students had lost nearly every…

Nimble-minded

J. showed up in my room today with a note from the teacher next door that said “Please keep him busy as long as you can.”  This means that his constant stream of chatter (most of it inappropriate) had reached its peak and needed a reset.  I reached in to the canyons of my Super…