Monthly Archives: August 2011

Things to do in a School Auditorium

I went to a high school that actually had an auditorium large enough to seat the whole school. It is a rarity today but I fine addition to any school.  I have some memories about the auditorium in my high … Continue reading

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Egyptian Fire Drill

We used to have fire drills a couple of times a year not the standard once a month we have now. They were usually held on bright sunny days, one in the fall and one in the spring,  when everyone enjoyed … Continue reading

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The True Test of an Elementary Teacher

I live in Iowa, the Jell-O Capital of the world. Iowa does or did consume more Jell-O per capita than any place else in the world. Knox Blocks were a very popular snack food early in my teaching career. Knox Blocks are made … Continue reading

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Hard Lessons

I team-taught with a very nice person during my student teaching experience. She was a pleasure to work with and wanted to be a teacher above all else but unfortunately didn’t find out until student teaching that kids often don’t do what you … Continue reading

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Sometimes a Smile is your best Weapon

Near the end of the middle school day around 20 years ago I saw two older  gang members entering the first floor hall from outside the building. Full colors out, scowling, sauntering fearlessly and slowly down the hall their whole demeanor daring … Continue reading

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Are our Schools failing our society or is our society failing our schools?

As I watched a talking head on TV discussing our “failing schools” last night I wondered how many educational experts have spent time in  in a modern elementary classroom as opposed to remembering how it was when they were in school. How many realize … Continue reading

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Students – Stereotypes, Perception and Reality

It is hard sometimes to not fall into the stereotype trap.   I do, in my “politically incorrect world,” believe that stereotypes are at times well earned, well deserved and often times predictive not as an absolute truth but  as one more piece of information. Having said that and upset … Continue reading

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