Tag Archives: Humor

Saying No

I have no problem telling my students no.  In fact, I often get an obnoxious pleasure out of it.  Mostly because the questions are so ridiculous. “Can I skip class and go home?” “No.” “Can I sit next to my … Continue reading

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Don’t Touch the Bathroom Pass (and Other Life Advice From a Teacher)

Don’t Touch The Bathroom Pass (and other life advice from a teacher) A few years in the classroom, a few interactions with teenagers and life has taught me a few valuable lessons in the way only a career in public … Continue reading

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Shine Bright Like a Diamond

The pop star Rhianna almost killed me this week. Background information necessary for this post to make sense:  I changed jobs this year.  Long version here.  Short version:  I taught Spanish for a long-ass time.  Now I’m aninstructional coach.  Hopefully … Continue reading

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Analogies for Class Feedback

What your students think about your class matters. Those of you who have already been in the classroom for a month ought to be well on your way to developing a feel for your kids, a feel for how things … Continue reading

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21 Things to Do With an Index Card

Have the kids draw a mini-mural in three minutes or less that represents the day’s lesson, then explain it to a classmate. Do a three question Get-To-Know-You at the beginning of the year:  a)How are you feeling about taking this … Continue reading

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Owning Your Show

Let’s begin with some simple math across the curriculum: Nationwide, the average classroom consists of one teacher and twenty-five students. I pulled that little doohicky of a fact from the U.S. Department of Education.  Personally, I think the Dept of … Continue reading

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Practicing What I Preach

I’m rather at a loss as to how to handle my summer. While all of my non-educator friends glow green with envy, “Oh, it must be so nice to have summers off!” I, miles from my classroom, in my student-less … Continue reading

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