Monthly Archives: May 2011
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The natives are restless. There are now TWO ISS ROOMS. What is this world coming to? Will my sanity be here come June 24th? I most certainly hope so.
All My Love,
There are momentary gems in the day of a substitute teacher. They are rare, but they are there. I’m talking about those little moments, those beautiful ‘ah-ha’s’ when you tell yourself, YES, this is why I wanted to be a teacher. THIS is why I got into education.
A colleague of mine was working in a collaborative class with a special education teacher. It was a LifeSkills classroom, and many of the students who are at home in that classroom live with some form of Autism. When I have had a privilege to work in that classroom, it’s like a breath of fresh air, a wonderful teaching moment, for both me and the students. For as much as we teach the students in this class, they also teach us, the educators.
So, the general education teacher asked, if you could go anywhere in the world, anywhere at all, where would it be? Fiji? Paris? London? Australia? Mexico? Hawaii? Disneyland?
The student responded with such gusto, such excitement, such pride, such JOY.
A beautiful moment indeed.
I hope this puts a smile on your face, warmth in your heart, and gives us educators the perspective that we sometimes need.
Riddle me this….
What do you get when it’s….
Exam week + AP EXAM week + an ENTIRE MIDDLE SCHOOL STAFF IS TAKING OFF TO GRADE TESTS
An additional FIVE Physical Education teachers taking off to attend said game when they have previously been assigned “proctor” assignments?
Lovely kids, lovely.
We all are familiar with Johnny, and, for those of you who are not, I suggest you take a look at the following posts:
“Why This All Started”
“Johnny Attacks Again”
And now, for the most recent Johnny tale……
He was suspended.
for telling the Dean of Discipline…..
to s*ck his c*ck…
Aren’t children precious?
I wish we would remember this more often…
All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sand pile at school.
These are the things I learned:
- Share everything.
- Play fair.
- Don’t hit people.
- Put things back where you found them.
- Clean up your own mess.
- Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
- Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
- Wash your hands before you eat.
- Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
- Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
- Take a nap every afternoon.
- When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
- Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
- Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die. So do we.
- And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.
Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and equality and sane living.
Take any one of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work or government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm. Think what a better world it would be if we all – the whole world – had cookies and milk at about 3 o’clock in the afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap. Or if all governments had as a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess.
And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out in the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.