Seriously?

from The Onion I had to break up a fight yesterday.  Let me share some of the phrases that were being bandied about (with some details altered to protect the guilty): A: “It’s 10:55.” B: “Nuh-uh, it’s 10:54.” A: “My watch says it is” B: “Then check your cell phone.” A: “You can’t talk to me like…

Averted Eyes

M. is crying.  I am pretty sure it is my fault.  Before you get your knickers in a bunch, though, I will tell you that he is upset because I held him responsible for his actions (or lack of action, to be more specific). He is sitting in the center of the room, at his…

The List

As I sit here watching these little turkey-butts take their state-mandated tests, I am reflecting on the various issues that have brought them to me.  Here I will list phrases used on our placement information sheet and the number of times each is used if more than once, or if privacy allows.  This is out…

Disturbing?

April 25, 2010 This video clip disturbs me. Shall I list the ways or shall I invite my fellow caped crusaders to tell me themselves? And let’s be even-handed. What do you like and dislike about this video and related article (if you can read it without skipping most of it as I very much…

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…

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…