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Happy Halloween

In talking with the publisher (Ambassador-International), they said the scheduled release date of Simmer Down, Mr. C is October 31. For all the teachers out there, that’s the day you seriously considering getting a substitute. That day where the kids come in wound up tighter than a guitar string. That day that seems to last for-ev-uh!  Nothing like a little Halloween fun right smack dab in the middle of the week. (You will have my sympathies on Thursday, November 1.)

The publisher said it could be sooner if I don’t turn into a nit-picking, overbearing man-diva who has unrealistic demands and expectations for the project over the next few weeks. (Just kidding about the everything after the word sooner.)

 

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Posted by on August 27, 2012 in Writing

 

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Can You Repeat That?

Since the chances of every single child in your class listening attentively during the first few weeks of school is pretty slim, it’s pretty clear that you’re going to be repeating yourself…A LOT! This, too, is something you’re going to need to start getting in the habit of doing before Labor Day. If you have children of your own, practice on them. If not, perhaps the dog or your spouse will suffice.

Once school resumes, if you find yourself getting a little irritated by constantly repeating yourself, try to avoid asking the age-old questions: Were you listening? How many times do I need to repeat myself?, etc. It’s not that they’re bad questions, it’s just that it provides the class smart-aleck an excellent opportunity to give a smart-aleck reply, which just might have your class rolling out of their chairs.

As a classroom teacher, nothing seemed to wear me down faster than repeating myself. I eventually discovered that using non-verbal cues were an excellent way to avoid the stress of saying the same thing over and over again. My students knew that when I pointed my index finger down towards the ground and made a few quick circles that meant: Ask one of your neighbors.

Hope this helps,

Mr. B

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2012 in Teaching Tips

 

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Timing Your Tinkle

You know I really hate to talk about such a crude topic, but it’s time to offer a very serious and necessary reminder to all my brothers and sisters out there that’ll be scrounging through their closets for khaki pants and matching outfits in a few short weeks. For the past three months you’ve had the freedom to use the bathroom whenever you felt like it. Well, that party is over after Labor Day. You cannot afford to be doing the “Potty Dance” while going over vital information with your class. Especially on those first few days. I realize some of you have facilities in your classroom, but you don’t want to be that teacher. *Too many things could go wrong. (For starters, you could get blamed for something you didn’t create…like a mess or a smell.) Here’s what you need to do over the next few weeks: Once the urge strikes, wait until your kidneys start throbbing. Then wait ten more minutes. By the time school starts your bladder will be tougher than a two dollar steak.

*Other possibilities: You forget to lock the door and some poor child unknowingly opens it, you forget where you are and start singing, the principal stops by and all the kids point towards the bathroom door with one hand while waving their other one back and forth in front of their noses, or your students use their desks to barricade the door (only to let you out once you’ve agreed to no more math).

Hope this helps,

Mr. B

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2012 in Teaching Tips

 

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