I Keep Bumping Into Desks

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I keep bumping into desks. When I think I can fit through the aisle, I realize I was wrong. I keep having the awkward experience of my body accidentally brushing a student. Unfortunately, I have the sneaking suspicion that the aisles aren’t getting smaller.

Bored Everywhere

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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.

You’re Stuck Here!

can i go

I offer my students a generous two emergency passes per year, one per semester. Any more than two passes is an invitation to the dark side of all manner of evil. Some teachers don’t let their students leave at all. I remind students of this when they complain about my policy.

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?”

Parent Involvement in Homework

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Studies generally indicate that parent involvement in a child’s schoolwork is a factor which usually helps the child to be successful. Sometimes, though, parents can be a bit too involved. I have sometimes wondered if certain children had any input into their homework at all when their parents “help” them. Like when you get a brilliant project laminated in full color completed on the computer and when you take your students to the computer lab, the student has forgotten how to log onto the computer at all. Just like a soap opera when a main character has had an accident and suffered from “amnesia…” Of course parents should help their children. Parents should not, however, do the homework for them. As a parent, I know that the line between “helping” and “doing the whole thing yourself because it’s too hard to explain it and my kid just doesn’t get it at all” is thin, but we must let our children learn their lessons in life!