This is the fourth in a series of posts: Memories of an Educator. Unlike the previous reflections, this one celebrates a teacher, a unique and dedicated teacher of many, many years. She was indeed a presence. She didn’t merely enter a room, she presented herself. Everything about her was deliberate—purposeful: her walk, the words she chose […]
One day, while I was teaching a middle school music class, a student began playing with a small plastic toy on his desk, a Dominos Pizza Noid1. One was not allowed to do such in my class. This interaction between the student and me began: “You need to put him away, or I’m going to have […]
Classroom Management1 After reconnecting with a former student yesterday, I began thinking back on my last years as a classroom teacher. I recall several other amazing students, and wonder what has become of them. I especially recall one guy, Andy, a sixth grader. All of the teachers who taught him (and I mean they all chimed in) said […]
Yesterday I unexpectedly reconnected (on Facebook) with a student, a working musician now for 20 years, from my last year as a music teacher over 25 years ago. He messaged me out of the blue: “Hello, were you a middle school chorus teacher in Georgia?” I replied: “Well, yes. But I’m thinking that was about […]
When we travel to a new city, we just walk, walk, walk. We walk everywhere. Such was the case when we arrived in Dublin, Ireland. Ah! I loved Ireland! Our walkabout took us unexpectedly to the campus of Trinity College which was established in 1592. These are just two of the photos I shot while […]
With heavy and relentless marketing efforts, it’s no wonder we easily get things confused. I came across a stenciled sign in San Francisco that contained only the words in the first 2 ideas presented below. The sign got me thinking about how we easily substitute something in our minds for something it is not. We actually make […]
A few years ago I wrote a blog post, “I’ll Buy a Vow*l”, about the state budget horrors of California. I jokingly stated that, to raise revenue, the state passed a law limiting the use of the vowel “e” from all forms of written communication.
I recently stumbled across these pedal desks, in which students pedal as they work. I had no idea these existed, and I find this very curious as a tool to help children who are hyperactive and have a difficult time focusing their attention.
Germany has the astonishing good sense to provide college degrees to ANYBODY1 at all of their institutions of higher learning for only $120 per semester, and your student ID card provides you with limitless free public transit! Health insurance is a whopping $87 per month. with a 3.0 or better ↩
Serving a community through public education is a difficult and demanding task. Public school teachers get blamed for everything. Little of what they are blamed for is actually within their sphere of influence, let alone control. But, arguably, the hardest job in the school has to be that of the public school principal. I know. […]