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No Nipple Twisting, Please

A skinny, floppy-haired Senior darkened my doorway this morning.  He’s coming from Jeanday Friday’s video production class – the class that broadcasts announcements and shows to the building, 6th -12th grade. “I have a question.  Is it appropriate to twist … Continue reading

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My Shitty First Draft

Currently I find little to be excited about in public education.  Between the standardized testing, the new Ohio Teacher Evaluation System, the Common Core curriculum, and the 7am start time, I’ve begun to become a little, disillusioned shall we say, … Continue reading

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Tales From the Teacher’s Lounge: The Cock Strikes Again

On Monday I had to drive to Cleveland for a Dr’s appointment.  I drove two hours (through Akron in rush hour traffic) up there and an hour and a half back for a 10 minute appointment.  Seriously.  Ten minutes. I … Continue reading

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Silencing the Valley Voice

My son found out about my blog.  I was afraid this was going to happen eventually, and the day is here.  Now I don’t know what to do. The little sneak was listening in on my conversation with one of … Continue reading

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Tales From the Teacher’s Lounge: Farm Girl and the Gun Wound

Last week I was lamenting the dangers of being in the teaching profession what with the intruder drills, fire drills, paralyzing stench of body odor…you know.  However, this week I have to say that I’m glad I’m a teacher instead … Continue reading

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Teacher Training – Trouble in the Trenches

When I entered college, a doe-eyed, innocent teenager, and began my teacher training courses, I could havel never imagined that twenty years later I would be trained as a special forces agent ready for combat. At the university I was trained … Continue reading

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Bye Bye Bull Balls (Revisited)

I used to have a blog titled “brainvomit,” on which I posted a piece with the above title.  It was in a series I did that I liked to call “Tales From the Teacher’s Lounge.”   I thought of this piece … Continue reading

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And I Ran (I ran so far away….couldn’t get away)

I can run and run till face turns blue, but I can’t get away from you…run on sentences. Even in a college level composition course I find so many run-ons and fragments it’s so aggravating, and frustrating.  Although I review the … Continue reading

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The Annoying Day

You ever have a day that’s just out-and-out annoying as hell?  Welcome to my day.  Pardon me while I vent about all of the completely trivial but annoying events of my morning. 1.  I forgot to put my towel next … Continue reading

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Oh yeah, the blog…

It’s five days into the new school year, but it may as well be fifty.  At least, that’s what it feels like.  The bike-riding metaphor being overused and, frankly, much too pleasant to explain the going-back-to-school phenomenon for a teacher, … Continue reading

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