Monthly Archives: February 2012

Kids Are Tough As Nails

It all began with a robins nest on the fire escape by the library near the playground… Kids had been watching the nest for days through the library window. You see we used to watch real birds in real nests … Continue reading

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An MGB in a plastic bag

One day I entered my room in the morning and found that everything was gone… pencils, grade book, teacher’s manuals, my plastic racquet ball jars of necessary goods even my potted plant. They left the snakes and mammmals. Apparently a … Continue reading

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Danger Easter Ahead

Easter is coming soon! It used to be fairly common for parents to give their children small animals for Easter. The most common gifts were chicks and rabbits probably some misguided Easter Bunny egg fetish. Several times after Easter I … Continue reading

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Classroom Pets, “A 1000 ways to die.” More or Less

Warning this is a little dark but all true. I don’t know all the diffewrent ways for humans to die but I do know a few for small classroom animals. What I have learned: If you wish to euthanize a … Continue reading

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Captain “Terry” Schettino and Iowa’s “Glass” Bottom Boat

The Law of Unintended consequences will be beautifully illustrated by passage of a law mandating yearly teacher evaluations in Iowa. As an example, the Des Moines school district has at least 4000 certified staff members(probably more). Evaluations don’t happen in … Continue reading

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“What I Aspired To And Was Not Comforts Me”….. Elbert Hubbard

BF Skinner associated punishment with avoidance. For example, he is often cited as having said that a child may be forced to practice playing his musical instrument no matter what his skill level or desire but in replacement of other … Continue reading

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“Play is the work of children”….. J. Piaget

It makes such sense and yet we seem to have forgotten its logical intrinsic value. In our test-driven educational world of today being on task and on time in many schools leaves little time for play. Recess has shrunk or … Continue reading

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