The 10 Greatest Things About Being a Kid

I have not been a kid in 20ish years, but I teach them every day.  I think, if I could give up my independence and go back to being a kid for a day, these would be the 10 reasons I’d do so.  Probably the only 10 reasons though… cuz most days I just don’t think I could deal with the drama that accompanies being a kid.  (Inspired by my two kindergarten classes and the prompt found at Mama Kat’s Losin It)...more

Rants, rages on students, self...

One of my favorite tasks at school is one almost completely unrelated to my real job. It is teaching students who find learning exciting. Every Thursday, I leave my juniors and seniors and head toward a classroom populated by kindergarten, first, and second grade students. I only spend a half hour to an hour there, but it helps me see what teaching and learning can and should be....more

Note: "Tea bagger" is NOT the same as "tea party"

The class burst into guffaws, some students covering their mouths and giggling.Me, I hid behind lecture notes, instantly turning a lovely shade of lobster....more

My Sister May Not Be Teaching Much Longer

I have a lot of respect for the teaching profession and for good teachers. I also know that a teacher is more a slave to bureaucracies and state and federal teaching standards than they have ever been in the past. My sister who has been a teacher for almost 30 years is thinking of retiring sooner than she had planned simply because she doesn't feel like she can do any real good any longer. She has, and I quote from a recent letter from her, ...more

Placebo Effect: Daily Post

Yesterday’s WordPress Post-a-day challenge was about Conflict.  I wrote mine from the point of view of an elementary school teacher who happens to teach pretty young kids.  It’s hard not to use my kidlets as a filter to think and write about things, so today’s post will be similar....more

Why I Love Teaching Teens

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An open letter to my daughter's second grade teacher

So I attended my six year old daughter’s parent teachers’ meeting, and I have to say that I was not at all impressed. With you. The teacher. In fact, I’m a little upset.Why? Because after the headmistress gave her remarks and dealt with her issues and invited you to sit at the front of the class in order to address the parents, you decided to remain on the side to answer any questions. Well, I have to tell you that I felt disrespected - just a tad....more

Quitting Teaching

  There is a ...more

Bienvenidos, Students! (No hablo espanol)

 When I started college, I wanted to be a news anchor.Correction: I wanted to be the next Mary Hart (my love of Hollywood and obsession with the absurdity of celebrity life goes way, way back)....more
Great post -- and I was going to say that the title was not quite right (but good try!)more

A Crazy Idea that Just Might Not Be So Crazy After All

Sometimes I get these ideas, and I honestly think I am crazy for even entertaining them.   But sometimes, they take over and before good, common sense has the strength to reign me in, I am off and running before I've had a chance to really consider, "What am I getting myself into???"...more