Merit Pay?!

This is too good not to share. I have so much to say about it, but this teacher says it best… and her truth translates nicely to high school teachers like me.

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The Curse of Cursive

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Alyssa is seven years old, her signature is amazing! My high school students can’t sign their names much better.

The sad fact is we’re grooming a new generation of voters who cannot execute a signature.

{Re: comments about how students just need to “follow directions”} This infuriates me! Why are we so obsessed with kids “following directions?!” Where’s the creativity? Passion? Exploration?

“Real life” (meaning nice careers, good degrees) does not want little brainwashed minions who only do what they’re told. What are we setting the next generation up for?!

Speak like a pirate

One of the many joys of reading “Treasure Island” as a class was that I got to explain that “Dick” is short for Richard and “booty” is a pirate term for treasure.

The second of these joys is then listening to a bunch of teenagers say “Dick wants the booty” amongst hysterical laughter.

Third in the line of joys is that these last bastions of our future tell me “You can’t say it’s inappropriate, Miss, it’s in the story.”

Tis true, ’tis pity,. And pity ’tis ’tis true… Smart-as-paint Dick does indeed want the booty.