Childhood Wonder

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APOLOGY: There was an error in the earlier post of today’s comic. Please excuse this second corrected post.

As students get older, it gets increasingly difficult to attract — and maintain — their attention. This is why I keep my mini-lessons under five minutes. This is also why a ten-minute YouTube video takes forever to watch, and why cooking something for two minutes in the microwave seems like an hour.

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Parenting Teens

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Parenting teens must have its own special rewards. I don’t know what they could be, but it must.

Pajamas Are For Sleeping

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Pajamas belong in bed. They are not meant for public. Pajamas worn in public convey unspoken messages about the wearer, such as: “I just escaped from a hospital,” “I’m too lazy to get dressed,” “My whole house burned down last night with all my possessions,” “I do not want to be taken seriously,” “I am mentally unable to handle the challenge of caring for myself,” and “I’m trash and don’t deserve your respect.” I know, pajamas are comfortable, but so are leggings, and who wears those in public…oh, never mind. Please keep the pajamas at home, along with your slippers, blankets, stuffed animals, pillows, and other sleeping accoutrements. That goes for everyone…no “pajama day,” no pajamas as a Halloween costume, no pajamas for casual dress, etc. Let’s maintain some societal standards.

It’s Good To Be On Vacation!

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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. 🙂

Why Do YOU Get To?

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Students are so concerned with fairness. They are the justice police who sense every wrong and perceived unfairness in the world, especially in your classroom.

Blonde is only one syllable.

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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…

Thirty-seven Unexcused Absences

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Attendance in school really matters. Even Joe, above, earned some points just for being there on the day the class worked on group projects. Parents should know where their kids are. One parent called the school to meet with me last week and said she was “shocked” that her son had been ditching. Funny thing is, our computer program (which parents can log into) shows attendance for every class. The progress reports also show how many absences and tardies the student has accumulated. Of course, children of high school age should know enough to come to school, but ultimately, if anything happens to the child when he is not there, it is the parent’s responsibility.