Friday, October 17, 2008

my new strategy

Tell me if this is too evil.

TEACHERS! Tired of trying to catch all the students who talk in your class, especially those in the back who are not clever enough to talk sneakily but still cleaver enough to stop talking once the teacher starts writing names on the board? Then try


That's right folks! Mr. Rose has developed a prototype (patent pending) method of catching those pesky talkers off guard. Simply hand the ticket to talkative students when they are acting up, and PRESTO! results. The tickets also work for students who talk back in class, raise their hand and ask their question at the same time, tell other students to shut up, ask questions without raising their hands, yell corrections to students who are messing up on something, even when the teacher is working with that student, or students who simply won't do the work.

This way the student can sentence without having to run across the room to the chalkboard. You save time and energy. Isn't that great?

So don't delay. ACT NOW!!!!

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

I can't think of a title

Work is not so terrible right now. I appreciate not having such a difficult time as you do, Mrs. O'Neill. No, my students don't get physical, at least. I admire your patience.

As far as my classes are concerned, I have--are you ready?--Math 6, Geography 6, Religion 7/8, Science 7/8, English 9/10, and Latin II. When people ask me what grade I teach, I have fun telling them, "Sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth." It sounds impressive, but it really isn't. I'm sorry I complained.

A new experience: PSAT's. I got to administer them yesterday. It was interesting. I almost wanted to take the test with my students. It would have been fun. Oh, and another new experience: 350-word essays on obedience and respect are excellent punishment for ninth and tenth grade boys who were talking during the PSAT. I have three due tomorrow. I am looking forward to what I get.

God bless one and all!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Wow, Miss Hudson!! 6 preps! I had no idea. What classes are you teaching?! How in the world do you do it? I agree with the teaching being nice if it wasn't so much work. (You said something like that.) I often think of Dr. Kelly's story about how she had an ice cream sundae every day after school her first year and that is what got her through to the next day. It makes me feel better when I'm so exhausted. Though something has happened recently that has caused my spirits to soar. My student has started occupational therapy. This means that her entire education is no longer up to me. AND the therapist actually went to school for this! She didn't major in political science like silly little me. I now have a professional that I can bounce ideas off of and ask advice from. It's amazing. Bonus, as it turns out, a lot of my ideas that I've developed over the last year or so are right! I'm so excited. I feel like I've completely reinvented the wheel (I mean, people have already figured this stuff out.), but at least I did it right! I was so happy when I found out, I jumped/pranced about my apartment shouting in delight. Colin thought I'd flipped.

One thing I really like about teaching at an elementary school level instead of high school is art. I'm so excited about Halloween. We're totally going to decorate the classroom. I get to play with finger paint. I did not get to do that with my government class. Although, they probably wouldn't have minded. I could have been all, "Finger paint a picture of your favorite Supreme Court Justice." You know what, if I ever teach government again, I'm going to do that.

Long story short, hang in there Miss Hudson. This to shall pass. As far as students acting up, (this goes for Mr. Rose, too) it could be worse. I'm assuming your students don't yell and scream and hit and kick and run away from you. Teaching is a full contact sport for me.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

I'm swamped!

Hello, one and all! How is life? Or do you have one? I know people said this would be difficult, but good grief! Six preps--I wonder whether there is life outside of school? But if my classes go well and my students behave (very funny), teaching is not too much work. I want to give up and go home! Help!