WHEW!

Its been a crazy start to the school year…new blog pending.  Just wanted to check in and let you all know that I am tied up at the moment. will be posting soon! Sincerely, The Red Pen

Of HURRICANES, GAS SHORTAGES, AND MISCONCEPTIONS: Random Thoughts From The Southern Front.

Whew! Well the school year is off and running! The teachers of Central and Southeastern Texas all got a new student this week! His name is Harvey. Harvey is a very disruptive child. All things being equal….Harvey is an asshole! No better way to start the school year off then with a Hurricane! As I Read more about Of HURRICANES, GAS SHORTAGES, AND MISCONCEPTIONS: Random Thoughts From The Southern Front.[…]

LOVE LESSONS ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL.

Mrs. Curt’s first grade classroom would be the place where my lessons in love would begin. I knew 1st grade was going to suck when Keith Cranium sat in the seat in front of me. His enormous head blotted out the chalk board as well as any sunlight that would hit my desk. Since I Read more about LOVE LESSONS ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL.[…]

UNLEARNED LESSONS

Readers,I try very hard to keep political banter to a minimum. I would love to write zany, happy, funny, teacher stories all the time. This particular post is not an education anecdote. Events occur that end up becoming teachable moments. After watching the events unfold in Virginia, I felt compelled to write. It saddens me Read more about UNLEARNED LESSONS[…]

I GOT A FINGER YOU CAN COUNT

PRESENT DAY: The student I was tutoring became visibly upset at not being able to complete some multiple multiplication problems. She complained that she didn’t know her times tables well. “Why not use your built-in calculator?” I asked her while flexing my fingers. “My teacher says I can’t,” she said. “Your teacher is not here. Read more about I GOT A FINGER YOU CAN COUNT[…]

PROFILES IN TEACHING #2: MR. CRAVENS: FIGHT THE KING!

The year was 1990, and I found myself sitting in Mr. Cravens 8th grade American History class. Mr. Cravens was a tall and fit, 6’4″. He had salt and pepper hair, styled in classic Caesar, with wire rimmed glasses dangling from the bridge of his nose. He was the best dressed teacher on campus. Everyday Read more about PROFILES IN TEACHING #2: MR. CRAVENS: FIGHT THE KING![…]

RED PEN TALES 5 BEST TEACHER MOVIES OF ALL TIME.

Now that I have recovered from the anguish of summer break coming to a close, it’s time to get inspired to teach again! For me, there is no greater inspiration than to watch my favorite teacher movies. I have selected five films which I believe are the best teacher movies of all time!  There was Read more about RED PEN TALES 5 BEST TEACHER MOVIES OF ALL TIME.[…]