Monthly Archives: October 2011

Pogo, Sex, Gender and Mother Nature

I see in the paper this A.M. another story touting the purported value of creating a gender neutral society. I understand that in its benign form gender neutrality might work towards guaranteeing equal opportunity but I fear that in its … Continue reading

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Halloween, Now and Laters, Nursing Homes, and the Gender,Food and Religious Police

Here is a scary but possibly motivational Halloween thought for all teachers and non-teachers alike! But first a little explanation, “Now and Later”s are scary little fruit flavored candies (predecessor of Starbursts) often used as Halloween treats. Yesterday,  inspired by a … Continue reading

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Fear is a Good Thing

Because I attempted to maintain discipline in my class room and at times have used confinement, isolation, and corporal punishment(30 years ago) some would say that I controlled my classroom through fear not love and fear according to modern philosophy … Continue reading

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Master Po: Heal Thyself Grasshopper

It used to be a common recess pastime to see who could catch the most or biggest grasshoppers.  Ones with striped butterfly like wings were particularly prized… catching them without getting “tobacco juice” all over your hands was also a … Continue reading

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Baby Booby Bobby

I had a student named Bobby whose last name will go unmentioned. Bobby was a friendly, very soft appearing hulk of a kid like the character that often appears in movies as the somewhat slow but strangely wise side kick … Continue reading

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Things Best Left Unsaid in a Classroom

I used to play a lot of racquet ball and used a lot of empty clear plastic racket ball jars to store things in my desk at school. Now at that particular time  we had a little thing going that … Continue reading

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Wholesome, Handsome and Lonesome

The vocabulary question had to do with the words wholesome, handsome and lonesome.  The  bright 2nd grade students were having a problem with those words so in an attempt to give them a clue I jokingly said that the middle … Continue reading

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Ivan The Terrible

Ivan was one of those special students that we now sometimes label as having oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and used to be labeled “pain in the backside.” From a very troubled home Ivan had problems with personal and academic discipline. … Continue reading

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Politically Incorrect Recess Games

Every inside recess throughout the 70’s was battle ball and outside recess was football, kick ball, softball and a some other games with totally politically incorrect names like , “smear the queer” and another equally politically incorrect game called “ … Continue reading

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Grab Your Ankles

One night I was speeding and got stopped by  an uniformed  officer(can the use of “an” possibly be right here). He approached and asked for my license which I gave to him while his face remained concealed behind the light … Continue reading

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