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[…]

Epic Teacher Fails #2: Making Vader Cry.

A long time ago in an Indiana town far, far away… Throughout my┬ácareer 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.[…]

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.[…]

Greetings and Salutations

Greetings and salutations readers. Welcome to Tales from The Red Pen. First and foremost, you must know that I am a teacher. An educator, a molder of young minds, dissenter of information, and at times, an overpaid babysitter. The stories you are about to read are all true. I will be blogging all that is Read more about Greetings and Salutations[…]