Tales From The Red PEN

3 VERY OVERLOOKED REASONS WHY PUBLIC EDUCATION IS A MESS.

Listening to NPR prevents me from turning my work commute into the final 15 minutes of “The Road Warrior.” Recently the failure of Public Education was the listening topic for my drive. Betsy DeVos was mentioned, (the Anti-Christ as I like to call her) as well as the push for school choice. They softly discussed Read more about 3 VERY OVERLOOKED REASONS WHY PUBLIC EDUCATION IS A MESS.[…]

MUST BE NICE HAVING SUMMERS OFF!

 Two summers ago I was looking for a new apartment. I stopped at an apartment complex that looked very appealing. It had excellent access to the highways. Everything I needed, shopping, movies, the gym all was just a short drive away. I happily met with the leasing agent and he asked what line of work Read more about MUST BE NICE HAVING SUMMERS OFF![…]

END OF THE YEAR BLUES: A REFLECTION IN TRAIN MOMENTS…KEEP READING YOU WILL UNDERSTAND.

My all time favorite movie is “It’s A Wonderful Life.” One of the best scenes is where George picks up his brother Harry from the train station.  George has stayed home to keep an eye on the family Building and Loan while Harry was away at College.  The plan was that when Harry finishes college he Read more about END OF THE YEAR BLUES: A REFLECTION IN TRAIN MOMENTS…KEEP READING YOU WILL UNDERSTAND.[…]

Epic Teacher Fails #2: Making Vader Cry.

A long time ago in an Indiana town far, far away… Throughout my career I have only made three kids cry. Two of them I’m proud of. I know, I know how heartless does one have to be to brag about making a kid cry? Well one of those kids stood about 6’5″. The other is Read more about Epic Teacher Fails #2: Making Vader Cry.[…]

13 REASONS WHY…MY THOUGHTS.

Hello parents, teachers, adults…its me, The Red Pen. Live and in Stereo!  If you are reading this, then congratulations….welcome to your tape. I waited tables at this local Mexican place called Hacienda. After a difficult shift, one of the hosts went home and kissed his child and wife goodbye.  He then went outside and hung himself Read more about 13 REASONS WHY…MY THOUGHTS.[…]

FUN THINGS TO DO WHILE “ACTIVELY MONITORING,” STATE MANDATED TESTS.

Before I begin, I want everyone to know that I believe in state mandated testing. State mandated testing is the very essence for what it is we do as teachers. We teach to a test. This way we know that our students are prepared for the next state mandated test. That test will test what Read more about FUN THINGS TO DO WHILE “ACTIVELY MONITORING,” STATE MANDATED TESTS.[…]

Epic Teacher Fails #1: Why I don’t teach gym.

The ball was loosed from my hand, like a heat seeking missile towards its target.  Its only purpose was to destroy anything in its path and to win a victory for my team!  The trajectory was set in a razors edge path, straight from hell’s heart. And then, in almost slow motion fashion, I saw what Read more about Epic Teacher Fails #1: Why I don’t teach gym.[…]