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LACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY

“Poor me,” he laments, “‘Tis my fate written in stars,” as he makes his doom. Although I am lending a humorous touch to this haiku, it is a serious concern to me.  I was talking with a friend yesterday about … Continue reading

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SCHOOL DAYS,…OH, THOSE GOLDEN RULE DAYS…

…READING AND ‘RITING, AND ‘RITHMETIC, TAUGHT TO THE TUNE OF A HICKORY STICK…The drawing above is one my mother drew, a one-room school house on the prairie.  Mom went to school there in the 1920’s; I went there 1945-46, I … Continue reading

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A Blessed Child

A fortunate child Spending time with her mother The home-school student. Growing a bank account, growing a garden, growing a pet, growing a collection, growing a reputation, growing fame, growing a stylish wardrobe  Nothing is as important as growing a … Continue reading

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MORE HEART STRINGS

The year was 1965 or 66 and I had a class of third and fourth grade students.  Our language arts lesson consisted of writing about our class.  The students dictated a paragraph which I wrote on the board.  They were … Continue reading

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ROTE TO RIOT

Perhaps I’m exaggerating by using “riot” as the opposite of rote, but from my observations, not by much.  Two illustrations from my educational experience: In high school, I was called a DAR meaning a Darn Average Raiser.  I liked to … Continue reading

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MITCHELL SCHOOL

(Lesson 7: Form: Ballad; Subject: Neighborhood; Device: Assonance) We talked of community, not neighborhood; We talked of counties, and towns We met in schools and courthouse lawns Wore overalls and dresses, not evening gowns. The building housed the public school, … Continue reading

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STRINGS TO MY HEART, Part Two

To my Children from Decades Past:  It is comforting to believe some of you remember me.  Teachers have egos too.  As I said in Part 1, I remember also.  I wish it were not so but I admit to remembering … Continue reading

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ENOUGH ALREADY!

Riddle One First I tried because I thought every teacher did it. Then I tried because I thought it was important. Then I tried for my reputation’s sake. Then I just tried. Then I tried to try. Then, cynical and … Continue reading

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IS DOING ONE’S BEST, GOOD ENOUGH?

Steven (ptl2010), “Doing the Best I Can,” reminded me of a teacher/student interaction which occurred several years ago. Educators were/are encouraged to always be positive. One of the things we teachers often said, “Just do your best.” (Really that’s an … Continue reading

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REMEDIAL STUDENTS

I find that I have much in common with “Remedial Prof” https://just5paragraphs.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/future-terrorist since I, also, taught Remedial Reading and English in a local community college.  Remedial Prof relates an incident of having failed a student who tried to rely on … Continue reading

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