Guest Cartoonist: Why Do You Get To Use Your Phone?

bethany phone comic

Our guest cartoonist is back. She will turn 7 next month. 🙂
Here is the dialogue:
Student: “Why do you get to use your phone in class?”
Teacher: “Because I’m the boss of you and go back and do your work.”
Student: “Ugh!”

Listen to Some Real Music Tonight!

real music

Nothing makes me feel old quite like out-of-date references I make while teaching and the blank, blinking eyes and silence which meet me in return. I used to be cool.

Anyway, I hope you have a happy new year tonight. Be safe. 🙂

Were You Talking to Me?

lecture lcture lecture 

Have you ever spent time reaching out to a student to show you care, and told him all about your life in hopes of teaching him some lesson through your mistakes that might help him in his own life, only to have him take out his earbuds indicating that he had not heard a word you said? Me, either. Boy, that would be embarrassing…

No Offense…

no offense

Why do students think they can say whatever they want that is rude, socially unacceptable, and politically incorrect to you but magically make it all better by saying, “no offense?”

I Didn’t Get a Test!

didnt get a test

Don’t you hate when kids do this? I think some do it to avoid the work, but others just don’t seem to know any better.

The funniest is when you ask, like, ten times: “Did everyone get a test?”

“Did everyone get an answer sheet?”

“Does anyone need a test?”

“Does anyone need a pencil?”

“Any questions?”

“Does anyone need anything else to begin? OK, let’s get started…”

Then they complain that they don’t have enough time to do the test. And they blame YOU.

Blonde is only one syllable.

blonde syllables

OK, I admit that poetic meter is probably something that students aren’t as excited about as their English teachers. But they do try to understand and often will write surprisingly good poems when they apply the knowledge they learned in class. I’m not sure what will become of poetry writing with the new Common Core standards, but it was fun while it lasted. Most days. Maybe not most days, probably some days. Well, at least one or two days…