Bored Everywhere

bored

Students get bored over the summer just as they get bored during the school year. I read their essays, so I know. They don’t admit it out loud, but they think it.

Grow Up

mad dog

I guess comics are like jokes in that if you don’t “get it,” you lose the humor when it is explained. Whenever my husband doesn’t immediately “get it,” I write out an explanation in case others are confused, too. Here’s what’s supposed to be happening in today’s comic: The teacher in purple has taken a student into the hallway to discuss his “mad-dogging” in class. (“Mad-dogging” is staring aggressively at others to intimidate them or instigate a fight. It is a blatant show of disrespect meant to humiliate the other person.) She explains, “You’re growing up now. Adults don’t ‘mad-dog.'” As she is speaking to the student, another teacher (whom she obviously doesn’t care for) passes by and stares at her and the student. The teacher in purple confronts the one in red and asks, “What do you think you’re looking at?” and the other teacher challenges her by saying, “Not much.”

I wanted to illustrate the power we have as teachers of living as role models. If we tell students that adults don’t do certain things, then we should show them that adults don’t do those things. Students often ask me if teachers all like each other and I say, “HECK NO! But we must work together so even though we don’t always like each other, we do show respect for one another.”

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Nothing makes me feel old quite like out-of-date references I make while teaching and the blank, blinking eyes and silence which meet me in return.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

It’s Good To Be On Vacation!

week before vacation

This is what we were dealing with last week…now, everyone is happy to be on vacation. Except maybe parents who aren’t used to being around their children all day. 🙂

Help Grading Papers

daughter graded papers

Do you ever enlist family members to help you grade papers? If you have any work to catch up on over Christmas break, you might consider it. We would like to wish all of our friends a very merry Christmas, and a happy, healthy new year full of smiles and laughter.