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Snow Days

Snow days are awful…..says no teacher ever.  

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School Supplies from Hell

Feeding frenzy on the Serengeti? No. Back to School Sale at Staples.When a kid is going into 4th grade, there is no reason to have 2 FULL PAGES OF SCHOOL SUPPLIES NEEDED. List:  crayons, markers or colored pencils. Must be … Continue reading

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That moment when you want to throw your computer out the window

Road rage? Fantasies of punching obnoxious store clerks in the face?  Wishing you had an old phone so you could slam the receiver down repeatedly? These PALE compared to the desire to throw my effin computer out the window. Even … Continue reading

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“I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” So lovely. But if I’m the captain of my soul then someone else is definitely steering that ship. I am a child of the 60s. But … Continue reading

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Because I Said So

Ok, ok….I admit it. My default answer is the #1 old standby, “Because I said so.” Why, you ask? Because I said so. If that isn’t enough to make me rethink a lesson, just listen to this. For native Spanish-speakers … Continue reading

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Maximum Occupancy 343

Where do they come up with these numbers? And, actually, who are “they?” There must be a profession out there with which I am not familiar (I’m teaching grammar this year and watching my with whiches and with whoms). Hmmmm…Numerical … Continue reading

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American Football, the Common Core and the Canadians.

Why do we call our football “football” when we hardly ever use our feet? I’ve never understood that. It should be called throwball, runball, touchdownball or something like that. So when a student asks me why we call American Football … Continue reading

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Ten Ways Technology Changed Teaching?

1. No blackboards  The old blackboards at our school were green. Try explaining that to an ESL student. 2. No more hand-written lesson plans Dream on – forget about “the system is down.” What about power outages? The real question … Continue reading

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