Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Teacher Who Never Sucked and The Old Testament

I worked in the 70’s next to a teacher who was a good  award-winning teacher but had an ongoing problem with teenagers and their choices of words. In particular it was popular for students during that era to say with … Continue reading

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Coming Soon To A School Near You

Our state’s governor (Iowa) has proposed the idea of retaining kids in 3rd grade who need additional work in foundational basic skills. I find the idea of retaining 3rd grade students to be an interesting concept with possible values, particularly … Continue reading

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Friendship, Teachers, Politicians, Countries and Professional Wrestling

What is Friendship? It would be a rare teacher indeed who didn’t want to be friendly with their students. You learn, usually during your first few years, although some teachers never do, that to be an effective teacher you can … Continue reading

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Are You What You Read?

I am sometimes a bit of a curmudgeon colored by a weird sense of the world that often just doesn’t see what other people see, at least not at the same time. This Christmas I received the following books from … Continue reading

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Christmas Memories

Oyster Stew…. When I was a kid Christmas Eve was always Campbell’s Frozen Oyster Stew… If you were lucky in a family of four two of you got one oyster each. But my mother who believed butter was the solution … Continue reading

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What’s Really Important- A Modern “Christmas Story”

As crowds converge at a checkout line on Black Friday, Holly, the aptly named cashier faces a customer who has played the Black Friday game to perfection, visiting store after store in rapid succession as part of a neighborhood shopping … Continue reading

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The Wayward Secret Santa

We used to have politically incorrect, terribly exclusionary, discriminatory, ethnically and religiously insensitive fun and happy gift exchanges every Christmas between students. Sometimes with Secret Santa type assigned names and sometimes sort of a random distribution or grab bag approach … Continue reading

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