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…

[Teaching Ideas] Savvies

[This is for you SIL–since you waited so ahem… patiently.] For the last two years I have read aloud from the book Savvy by Ingrid Law.  I first bought the book because the cover is beautiful, and I’m a sucker for good packaging.  If I were an artist, I would totally paint like this. The…

[Teaching Ideas] My Oh My

Well my virtual friends, it has happened.  Last week (or was it the week after?) I was called a b****.  What’s that you say?  Haven’t I been called that a gabillion times?  Yes.  Yes I have. This time though, it was a parent.  I was shocked. Flabbergasted. Gob-smacked. So much so, that I said nothing.…

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…

Coffee Talk

April 4, 2010 I am wondering if this blog appears a little… shall we say… cocky.  After all, I am calling myself a superhero on a regular basis and even put a cape on and fly around my classroom at times.  I use the terms “super teacher,” “caped crusader,” and “hero” quite easily.  I thought…

Quandary

Okay, I wasn’t going to do this. I wasn’t going to post this on the blog. It crosses the boundary, I know. Here is the quandary… if I don’t share this masterpiece of an issue, the masses will not have the correct image of what cape-wearing truly entails. If I do share it, I will…

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…