I want to pay tribute to wonderful people I have known, the wonderful country in which I live, the communities in which I have lived, the churches who have claimed me as their own, the God who sends shivers down my back when I really give him a portion of my time—well, maybe not shivers but tears flow easily in some of those most priceless times.
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“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
…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
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
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
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
(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
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
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
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
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