SED EGO GRATIAS DEO (YET, I AM THANKFUL)

I have arrived, rumbling, bumbling, and stumbling into a much deserved week long retreat! I now get a chance to catch my breath. Bob Segar once sang about “moving eight miles a minute for months at time,” and he described it right. Labor Day through Thanksgiving break for a teacher is reminiscent of Sherman’s March Read more about SED EGO GRATIAS DEO (YET, I AM THANKFUL)[…]

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[…]

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.[…]

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.[…]

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.[…]

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.[…]

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[…]