Yes, I CAN tell you what to do.

you cant tell me

Funny when students tell us what we can’t do when we are, in fact, doing it.

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Acceptable Behavior in a Meeting

meeting behavior

What would happen if teachers started to behave like students? Imagine what a meeting would look like if you started acting the way the student acted in class. We should start doing this to demonstrate why the behavior is unacceptable. There shouldn’t be any negative consequences, right?

21st Century Skills

cell phones

I hope the new emphasis on 21st century skills (cell phones, smart phones) doesn’t completely eliminate the need for 20th century skills like paying attention, listening, and doing work.

It May Help to Remember This…

little attention

These last three weeks before Christmas break can be a trying and stressful time. When students are acting out and getting on your nerves, just remember that they are still just children. I know they don’t seem like children sometimes because they appear so big and adult-like, but that is just their hard shell. Inside this tough, outer exterior is a soft filling. If you don’t believe me, bring in small prizes to give out: little keychains, small Happy Meal-type toys, candy, whatever…and see the excitement in their eyes when you show them. Or announce that you will be playing a game to review for a test, play some music, or take them outside the classroom for the day. They won’t be able to contain their gleeful joy. Because they are children. And children need attention. If they don’t get it, then you have a disaster on your hands for three weeks. Invest in a little attention and show your kids you care…and they might, too. 🙂 Good luck!

I Went to College for THIS?

went to college

Sometimes, we have lofty aspirations when we attend college. We may believe we can change the world through the power of education. We may think that we can remedy injustice by promoting equality and fairness.  We may even believe that we can be a source of light in a world of darkness.

However, one of the many ways that teaching slowly wears down idealism is the inconsiderate kids and how they will often throw their trash right on the floor. My pet peeve is that they are not permitted to eat in my class and then they sneak their candy and toss the wrappers right by their desks.

Another thing they eat in class is Hot Cheetos, which have a fluorescent red powder that remains on their fingers. They often drop these snacks or wrappers on the floor and then when you ask if it’s theirs, they hold up their red hands and say, “No, they’re not mine!” They were caught red-handed and still deny it!

Still, I recommend teaching. Go get your degree. But just be mindful that there are some challenges. Some days are just better than others.

Special Guest Cartoonist Today

moms work

It may be a little hard to read but the dialogue reads like this:

Teacher: “Go back to your seat!”

“Some Kid”: “No, Ms. C.!!!”

Teacher: “NOW!!!”

My 6 year-old daughter drew this comic to illustrate the stories I tell her about my students. I think she will be a better artist than me as she seems to understand the complexities of relationships and the humor of the situations. 🙂