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.[…]

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![…]

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.[…]

5 Reasons Why Adulting Should Not Be Taught in Schools.

I remember 7th grade shop class with Mr. Fitzhugh. Anytime you would sneeze he would think you were making fun of him. It pissed him off something serious that he would paddle anyone that had allergies…poor kids.  The reason why I remember that class so much has nothing to do with how paranoid he was. It Read more about 5 Reasons Why Adulting Should Not Be Taught in Schools.[…]