There have been many times this past year when I have wished I could go back and correct or redo something. I can really appreciate the struggles that new teachers face. There are an overwhelming number of new things to consider and so there are bound to be things overlooked or mistakes made. At my… Continue reading Mistakes made this year
During the last period of school today, the fire alarm went off. This is a terrible thing, but all of us at this school have gotten so jaded by false alarms that we didn't move for a while until someone PA system that it was a real alarm and that we needed to evacuate. We… Continue reading Fire alarm
While I was sick last week and out of school, my colleague got my students to write me get well cards and thank you notes. It was super awesome gesture on her part and my students wrote some really nice things. This one really got to me, mostly because for a long time I wasn't… Continue reading Kids say the darndest things
Here's an interesting research article that I found by way of this article in the Economist: "The Fear of All Sums" (May 13, 2010). The authors of the paper found a strong correlation between individuals with poor math literacy and individuals who were delinquent on their loans in the recent housing bust, and this result… Continue reading Was innumeracy a factor in the recent housing bust?
Last night we had an Open House night where parents could visit their students' classrooms and talk to their teachers. I've been to two of these now and I like coming to these things. For one thing, not many parents show up, so it's a good time to tidy up around the room and get… Continue reading I like Open House Night
Lack of janitorial staff and services due to budget cuts at your school? Then you may be interested in this... Announcing: First Annual Dirtiest Classroom Floor Contest Eligibility: Only active classroom teachers are eligible to enter Prize: Lifetime supply of magic erasers, bleach wipes, and tetanus shots Judges: Um.. me. I'm biased, also. How to… Continue reading Dirtiest Floor Contest
I heard a fascinating story today about Steve Poizner, his teaching stint and subsequent book, on my favorite radio show, This America Life. Before you continue reading, I urge you to go listen (it's the first act of the show). It will be a half hour well spent, I promise. . . . . .… Continue reading If I pull a Steve Poizner…