Category Archives: school

A candy dispenser that reads your BMI

In the faculty portion of our middle school office, there used to be a manual candy dispenser usually filled with m & ms. You could turn the knob and get as many m & ms as you wanted. Yesterday a … Continue reading

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Seventeen Reasons Why Football Is Better Than High School

Because I will be retiring in June, I am going through boxes of files, dispersing some, recycling the rest. My goal is to leave my job on the very last day with no more than a shoebox. No schlepping of … Continue reading

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Lockdown. Lockdown. Lockdown.

Today as I was walking down the arts wing of my school, a lockdown drill was announced over the PA system. “This is a drill. This is a lockdown. Lockdown. Lockdown.” About a month ago we had a lockdown drill, … Continue reading

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Someone is happy spring is here!

…or upset they’re still in school.

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Divine Guidance

Yesterday in class, the students made presentations to the rest of us in preparation for our Chicago History Fair that evening. After each student shared their research, the rest of us would fill out a sheet which would give responses … Continue reading

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Sweet endings

With our Pullman debates yesterday how serendipitous it was to learn that it is George Pullman’s birthday today. The other day I ordered a birthday cake for each class with a Thomas the Tank Engine on top and the words … Continue reading

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Go back up the stairs!

Today we held our annual Pullman debates. We bring Eugene Debs and the ARU, George Pullman, Jane Addams, Attorney General Olney, the Reverend Carwardine, the Pullman workers, the General Managers Association, Governor Altgeld, and the Federal Troops to the table … Continue reading

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I love writing on the blackboard!

Not a white board. Not a green board. It has to be a black board. And the board has to be super clean. Not erased with a lot of chalk residue and pentimento all over it. There is something so … Continue reading

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Many miles before I sleep

I am presently buried beneath piles of research papers. Plugging along. They are taking me about 40 minutes to an hour apiece to grade. (Who were those politicians who complained about how easy a teacher’s life is, leaving school at … Continue reading

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Put your names in your books

Found this written inside an abandoned middle school Algebra book in the classroom. Provocative.

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