An Open Letter to Louis C.K.

Dear Louis C.K., We don’t know each other, but I heard that you sent some tweets about the Common Core State Standards. More than heard about them, actually.They’re everywhere! I’m guessing you might be surprised by the response. I’m guessing that many things are being said about your tweets–hailing them, using them as leverage, attacking them. In…

[Friday Free-Day] Yo! Snaps

I’m puttering around this post trying to figure out how to describe what became, this Spring, a phenomenon in my classroom. It’s quite near indescribable, but it’s also amazing and worth sharing. Where to begin…? On a Tuesday I “threw a snap” to one of my students. It’s something I used to do with my…

[Student Stories] Going Invisible

I have a couple of students with Autism or Autistic-like behaviors (an actual thing when the diagnosis isn’t clear on an educational level).  Without going into a long discussion (yet*), let me oversimplify by saying that some students with Autism struggle with social skills, understanding social cues and non-verbal communication, and it is quite quite…

[Student Story] I Loves Me My Kiddos

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that I haven’t been posting, but I feel the need to say… I haven’t been posting. Some caped-crusader-kryptonite found its way around the cape, and I’ve been trying to get my senses back. With that in mind, I must say that my little poo-muffins are the best…

[Student Story] Deceiver, Dissembler

Long ago, in the olden days of yore, in January, I posted about a liar-pants issue in my classroom (here and here).  Yesterday the same events started to unfold and ended a little differently.  I thought you might be interested as you dither on and on about if she learned her lesson or not…* Phone-Borrower…

Quote of the Week #18

One of my sweet-niks will sometimes say “based on a true story” after an announcement, or a story, or something funny. It cracks me up. He does it in a kind of announcer voice, and his timing is perfect. I will finish a free lecture (I think I keep telling you I’ll explain the free…

[Student Story] Hanging on a Telephone Wire

So, I asked what you would do in the case of a set of Pants on Fire. Thank you for the suggestions and ideas. Here is what went down: I put Phone-Borrower in a room away from everyone for awhile (if I say how long it will sound mean). I tried dialing the phone to see…