As Summer Winds Down

I was wondering when we'd see a writing prompt about the beginning of the school year; here's today's:  As a kid, were you happy or anxious about going back to school? Now that you’re older, how has your attitude toward the end of the summer evolved? I loved going back to school for most of … Continue reading As Summer Winds Down

Go You Chicken Fat, Go!

Have you seen the recent commercial for the new iPhone, the one that shows a bunch of people doing all sorts of exercising.  It has a rousing rendition of  the somewhat patriotic song "Go You Chicken Fat, Go!"  When I first heard it I was shocked, how could this be...the song that was the bane … Continue reading Go You Chicken Fat, Go!

Just the Facts!

Which subject in school did you find impossible to master? Did math give you hives? Did English make you scream? Do tell! Math, math, math, and shall I say, MATH. It has never been my favorite at any level in my education. In elementary school we were drilled on the facts: addition, subtraction, multiplication and … Continue reading Just the Facts!

Spelling Bee(s)

In elementary school, I loved it when every week my teacher would have a spelling bee; a clever way to give us a chance to practice the set of words that would be part of the weekly test.  It was fun to be on a team; to be bummed out together if we lost and … Continue reading Spelling Bee(s)

The Palmer Method

Earlier in the week I mentioned that I had to conduct some interviews in my job.  I don't own an iPad or a tablet on which to record my notes during the interviews, and using a tape recorder would be a bit too intimidating, I think.  So, I resort to the more traditional method using … Continue reading The Palmer Method

Tales of a Fourth Grade…Something!

I'm not sure if there is much that easy about being a teacher, these days or when I was in a classroom in 1987! That year I was a fourth grade teacher in a Catholic school in Riverside. There were 32 kids in the class...crazy, right?! I got the job the day school started. My … Continue reading Tales of a Fourth Grade…Something!

Preschool Teachers–I Couldn’t Do It Everyday

Over the past several weeks, but in particular the past four days, you may have seen in the news that many Head Start classrooms across the country have closed as a result of sequestration. Classrooms equal about 18 to 20 kids per room, which for us amounted to 127 kids that will not be able … Continue reading Preschool Teachers–I Couldn’t Do It Everyday