Found This on the Floor

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I would never criticize teachers, the union, or our school district. But I did “find this on the floor” at work near my classroom. I don’t know who would risk their career to draw something politically divisive¬†like this, but I wanted to post it as an example as what not to draw. ūüôā

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When I Grow Up

bugatti

Students sometimes have an unrealistic view of the world and their place in it.

ALSO: I was saddened to find about the June 2 death of one of my former students, Estefania Gonzalez, in a vehicle crash. Estefania just graduated from our school and should have been starting her own bright future. My condolences to her family, and to all of those who knew her. She was a beautiful and talented young lady who will be deeply missed.

Epic Fail

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Several of my advisory students received progress reports like this. What are they thinking? A “D” requires so little effort, you almost have to exert extra effort to avoid the work required to receive an “F.”

Phone Lies

phone lies

Have you ever asked a student if she has a phone and she looks directly at you with innocent eyes and lies to you? Fortunately, at this age, most of these kids aren’t very good liars. If you’re going to lie, just pick one lie and stick with it…

Figure Modeling

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Why won’t anyone criticize the stretch pants trend? The students are coming to school NUDE. Someone asserted that if a student came to school nude with a painted-on outfit, probably no one would say anything.

I don’t think the dress code actually says students must wear clothing to school. Maybe the dress code is written so that the description of stretch pants¬†is within the acceptable parameters. Maybe people are afraid to say anything because they don’t want to be¬†accused of being perverts. Maybe no one wants to inhibit anyone’s self-expression. Maybe¬†people¬†fear the consequences of the women’s rights movement. But someone needs to say something because kids should not be sexualized. School is for learning and the dress code should encourage this. Also,¬†these pants are¬†nasty. Maybe¬†they’re a health hazard or something.

The issue isn’t that the larger students are wearing them. It¬†doesn’t matter to me if the student is in¬†good physical shape or not.¬†I don’t think people¬†should wear¬†stretch pants¬†if their shirt does not¬†cover the derriere. It’s not appropriate for a school setting. As someone once said,¬†“Fabric wasn’t meant to stretch that far.”

 

Attitude Matters

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I try not to get upset when students do not fulfill their potential. I try not to take it personally when they make poor decisions. But not many things irk me more than a student who is perfectly capable of doing an assignment who gives up and does not even try. My own children are not allowed to say “can’t.” Really, they get punished for saying those words. Attitude matters.