Everyone’s a Critic

Student: I see you did something different with your hair again.
Me: Yep.
Student: It looks crazy!!
Me: Crazy bad?!
Student: No, crazy good!
Me (laughing): Thank y–
Student (very serious): Cuz you’re one of those that put effort into your hair sometimes…
Me: But not all the time, eh? (with a chuckle)
Student (still serious): Right, not all the time.

X Gone Give It To Ya

If the kids are crazy all day, then I usually binge DMX on the ride home.

I have a sinking suspicion that the next time a kid tells me, “That’s not what [old teacher] told us…”

“Fuck what you’ve heard, it’s what you’re hearing, Listen!” is going to fly outta my mouth…

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.

Public Investment in Education

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Everyone says to invest wisely… why is public education not considered a wise investment?!

It so clearly is the root of the success and failure of our country. Until education – and teaching as a profession – cease to be undervalued, I don’t harbor much hope in my heart for our future. I’ll still work as hard, but you can only beat your head against the wall so many times…