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Why are these children watching R rated horror movies?

This morning, I’ve got 6th and 7th graders comparing the merits of various horror movies such as The Ring 2, Wolf Creek, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.  I guess it was common for kids this age to watch R rated horror movies when I was a kid, but I think movies are far more gruesome […]

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Teacher Nightmare

It seems each category of people who have a high-stress occupation has a classic nightmare. College students dream that they are at the end of a semester and just realize that there’s a class they forgot to go to for months. When I was a waitress, I frequently dreamt that I was completely overwhelmed with […]

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A nice surprise on ratemyprofessor.com

I was hunting down information about my new oil painting teacher online, since I had not heard of him before. I found a listing at ratemyprofessor.com (it was a mixed bag about that teacher, but I’ll judge for myself.) Then of course I got curious if anyone had rated me on my college teaching. I […]

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Things Students Do That Secretly Crack Me Up, Part 3

6th Grade Boy: “Are the clouds out at night?” 7th Grade Girl (scoffing): “No.” ———————————————– A high school boy is wearing an AC/DC T-shirt. Neighboring girl: “What’s AC and DC?” There is much merriment among the students as he expresses shock at her ignorance. Me: “If she was around when I was in high school, […]

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Seating charts saved my life.

When you take Education classes, you read and respond to dozens of teaching case studies. These are stories based on real life situations teachers find themselves in. They involve some sort of dilemma, and get student teachers thinking about how they would react. In a class I had last fall, we had to write our […]