Monthly Archives: November 2011

Santa III – The Molester

Coming soon to a theater store or mall near you! I believe that our legal system and our media have made us afraid of virtually everything from weather, to child abduction, to eating butter on popcorn.   These media based … Continue reading

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To Santa or not To Santa That is The Question.

Christmas  used to be a happy time in the elementary classroom; making red and green paper chains, cards, displays, drawings( white chalk on green or red paper) etc. in response to that now forbidden religious holiday currently called Winter Break. … Continue reading

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Eating With The Customers- School Lunch

When I started teaching you were expected to eat with your home room children in the cafeteria at lunch. The concept of a duty free lunch wasn’t even a gleam in the superintendent’s eye. Eating with the kids was not … Continue reading

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The One Solution

Talk Less – Listen More  

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Cranberry Sauce, Miss Manners and Thanksgiving

Miss Manners has placed a damper on a Thanksgiving Holiday Tradition in our family. In today’s paper she states that Jellied Cranberry Sauce must be sliced and lain down horizontally before being placed on the table. For years, at least … Continue reading

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Three Lessons Not Taught In School

Things my mother taught me. (amongst others) Lesson 1 When I was younger…. much younger I had a problem with fire. Fire fascinated me then and it still does to a certain extent however through the powers of negative reinforcement … Continue reading

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Positive Behavior Modification-The Reality Show

I am not against positive behavior reinforcement up to the point that it is clear that it is not working.  Positive strokes can be beneficial  if they are earned and deserved however its application in some of our schools today … Continue reading

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Absolutely Worth The time!

Watching either one or both of these videos would be more highly valuable than anything I could write… so I am taking the day off Paradigm Shift In Education http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U Whats wrong with positive thinking. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5um8QWWRvo&feature=youtu.be

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Citizenship is now all “Hip” and no “Hop”

We put these terrific well done (window dressing) character counts posters and pillars up in the cafeteria, as though character can be taught rather than learned.   Within weeks many of  the letters had been peeled off the pillars and … Continue reading

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Should Only The American Flag Be Banned In Schools?

A California school principal did not violate the freedom of speech of a group of students who wore American flags on their shirts on Cinco de Mayo when he told them to turn the shirts inside out or go home, … Continue reading

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