Pop Quiz: Why college?

Pop Quiz: Why college?

In Jennifer’s latest pop quiz, she asks which level of teacher, elementary, high school, or college, has the toughest job, using a set of e-cards as her inspiration.  She mentions the joys of dealing with younger children offset by their leakiness, and the woes of surly and hormonal adolescence but at least the leaking has stopped.  Considering I am still recovering from my own virally induc... »

Pop Quiz: Student Privacy In Public Schools

Pop Quiz: Student Privacy In Public Schools

A high school finds a teens diary.  The principal reads it.  In it she discusses marijuana and possible use.  No drug is found on the student or in her locker yet they suspend her.  This is not a joke this happened in a Missouri school toward the end of the last school year.  Now I am not sure how you can suspend someone for writing about drugs in a diary. I am sure this falls under some stupid ze... »

Pop Quiz: College Teachers always the Bridesmaid

Pop Quiz: College Teachers always the Bridesmaid

I have seen this series of e-cards posted to the right around the interwebs for a while, and it has always stuck in the back of my head for a number of reasons.  The first is I like how it evens out.  There is this weird notion in some people’s heads that teaching a higher grade is a promotion.  I teach 9th grade, 15 year olds, and people ask oh don’t you want to teach the seniors.  Nope, I like t... »

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Satanists in Florida schools, academic freedom, inequality on campus, BYOD, and more: Required Readings, 9.16.14

The Satanic Temple of Orange County, Florida, will be distributing copies of The Satanic Children’s Big Book of Activities in county schools in the wake of a court decision stating that if the schools allowed Christian groups to disseminate Bibles and Christian-oriented religious materials, they would also have to allow atheist and other groups to do the same. Regarding freedom of thought at the c... »

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Scottish Independence Part 4: Why I Will Vote YES

I will vote Yes in this week’s Scottish independence referendum.   I remember the first time I ever got really excited by politics. It was 1997 and Tony Blair’s labour party had just swept aside a Conservative government that had ruled the UK for 18 consecutive years. I was 16 and I vividly remember watching Blair enter Downing Street as the crowds cheered around him. Although I w... »

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Pop Quiz: Infection!

So I’m currently waiting for the cold medication to kick in, breathing through my mouth and needed to sneeze enough I’m worried about what’s coming out!  I’m currently delighted I invested in the Kleenex three-pack of tissue boxes last time I bought them, about four months ago. I have two classes and a long meeting tomorrow, none of which I’m looking forward to.  It c... »

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