You know, in case you were wondering - the person whose calls you always take?...– Nate-“The Devil Wears Prada”
Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.– Author Unknown
Where I was on 9/11
On Tuesday, September 10, 2001, I mentioned to my 9th grade Pulaski High School in Milwaukee that September 11th was my birthday. I also told them of my history of having really bad birthdays. I rattled off one funny/pathetic story after another. The morning of 9/11, I sat at my desk, getting my papers together, and as my students entered in, they brought in balloons, cookies, soda, teddy bears...
Moma Dada Sergio mine Juice One Two Three Five No Eyes Baby...– Danny’s 1st words at 22 months
Today in gaping falsities
pantslessprogressive: “As long as I’m in the White House, I’m going to stand up for collective bargaining.” - President Obama, during the AFL-CIO Labor Day rally in Detroit. *cough* How disappointing. He sounds like a GOP. Say one thing, do another, and pray people are too stupid to notice.
Quiz question: What is a flat character? Student answer: Spongebob.– 9th grader
Forward: 8 Great Reasons to Be Proud of Wisconsin... →
wisconsinforward: 1847: The year before Wisconsin was even a state, bricklayers formed a labor union in Milwaukee. 1886: 7 Wisconsinites died fighting for the 8-hour workday. 1911: Wisconsin passed the first statewide workers compensation law in the country. 1932: Wisconsin passed the first …
If a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 40 people in his office at one time, all of...– ~Donald D. Quinn
Teacher Trick #856 & 855
After sitting in two pointless staff meetings today, I feel the need to pass on my teaching trick #856—if you don’t know what the hell you’re talking about, don’t make it worse by rambling on or defer to someone who clearly doesn’t know either. This leads me to teaching trick #855—know what you’re talking about…really, really prepare. I left...
1st Day Back for Teachers
1.Listened to opening day stuff 2.Watched/helped my sister put up my bulletin board 3. Arranged my room. My sister balked at my desire to give the special ed teacher a small desk, so I upgraded her to a table. 4. I got all my English 9 books from the storage room into my room. 5. Dropped a case of books on my left foot. I’m limping now. 6. Redid my syllabus. Threw out the 160 copies I...
New Berlin Teachers got Whacked
I used to think the suburban teachers had it made—well behaved kids, involved parents, decent work environment, but after the New Berlin school board adopted new rules that extended the work day without pay, eliminated collaboration time, and prep time, I think the New Berlin teachers got whacked. Recently I met with special ed teacher, Ms. Raclaw, to review our students’ IEPs on...
It case you didn't know, now you know
Contrary to popular thought, teachers work during the summer. I’ve put in around 50-60 hours alone getting my materials together for my classes. Here’s a short list: 1. I created my curriculum grid. I went through the Wisconsin Common Core curriculum and the Milwaukee Public School grade level curriculum and put together an 18 week grid that details what I’m teaching. I broke...
We’re the most hated *teachers* in all the free world. My own mama’s...– Chris Tucker in “Rush Hour”