Monthly Archives: September 2011

Competition Is Everywhere

This blog just won a competition for your attention.  Not a big one but a competition just the same.   Learning to compete properly is an important skill, too often ignored in too many parts of our society. We and … Continue reading

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It’s The Potatoes Stupid

The question to an 8th grade science class was, “What are the possible causes of global warming?” After numerous standard answers I decided to press some less forthcoming students with the question. I asked Demarkus what he thought was causing … Continue reading

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Day Old Donuts – Not Just For Teachers Any More!

The principal rarely left his office or visited the teacher’s work room except  on Wednesday mainly because that was the day that someone usually brought donuts.  Nearly every Wednesday the principal would show up and have donuts complaining bitterly that … Continue reading

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E.T.(elementary teacher) Phone Home

The belief that parents need to be involved all the time with their child’s education is a false belief fomented by well-meaning people who believe strongly but wrongly that words speak louder than actions. It is an excellent example of … Continue reading

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“In The Teenage Thesaurus The First Word Listed under Embarrassment is Parent”

The second word listed is teacher.   There is a woman that I used to see occasionally many years after she was in my classroom. She was a good looking kid and an excellent student in my 5th grade class … Continue reading

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Supply Lists- a Learning Opportunity?

I am often shocked by the length of supply lists that schools now publish and “require” their students to bring to class.  40 years ago supply lists were not so extensive.  A fifth grade list would  usually include  two pencils, … Continue reading

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Predicting the Future with a Can of Folgers

Linda who was a very nice young lady and excellent student arrived for class one day looking very upset.  I asked her what was wrong and she told  me  that she was in a great deal of trouble at home … Continue reading

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