Posts tagged education

Caught on video: teacher arm wrestles student to determine whether her class will be writing their Unit 5 exam.

They keep staring at me…

News anchors, celebrities, and rockstars have makeup artists.

Meanwhile… I have 33 Grade 9 students staring at me like a panel on The Voice.. WITH THEIR JUDGING EYES.

Nobody escapes shaming in the classroom microcosm. Thank you, shame-gods. My eyelid looks like a back alley botox job.

The DIY Couturier: 21 Tips to Keep Your Shit Together When You're Depressed.

rosalindrobertson:

A while ago, I penned a fairly angry response to something circulating on the internet – the 21 Habits of Happy People. It pissed me off beyond belief, that there was an inference that if you weren’t Happy, you simply weren’t doing the right things.

I’ve had depression for as long as I can…

After having a rough weekend this really spoke to me. I’d add one more tip that helps me keep my shit together:

22. Adopt an orange cat (brown mutt, chirpy cockatiel, or whatever). Having a creature forces me to maintain at least some semblance of a routine when I’m really down.

Truth.

Truth.

Textbook = fail
“Educational” video = fail
“Informational” handouts = fail

This. Stuff. Is. BORING!

… Random whiteboard illustration during my prep?

The Grade 9’s were crowded around taking pictures! We’ll see if they get the bigger picture this time.

Textbook = fail
“Educational” video = fail
“Informational” handouts = fail

This. Stuff. Is. BORING!

… Random whiteboard illustration during my prep?

The Grade 9’s were crowded around taking pictures! We’ll see if they get the bigger picture this time.

Valentines Day Review: Poetry Terms

I lured my 30-2’s into reviewing their poetry terms using corny valentines and chocolate. They had to figure out whether they were dealing with a simile, metaphor, hyperbole, personification, juxtaposition, or alliteration before they could eat their chocolate. They were quite flattered until they realized I don’t write in iambic pentameter and that it was Shakespeare hitting on them.

Conversations with my Vice Principal…

Conversations with my Vice Principal…

Orange Cat Secretary assists me with grading. #workflow

Orange Cat Secretary assists me with grading. #workflow

School makes students feel…

I remember feeling anxious about going back to school after every break. The extent of my anxiety ranged from sleeplessness to puking from nerves. The longer I was free, the more it hurt to return.

I couldn’t explain why I was so unhappy or why I felt like I didn’t fit in. I was on the varsity basketball team. I had honours in school. I was student council president, damn it!

Now, back to that tricky word: free. Free to be myself. Free to pursue my own interests. Free to spend time with peers I choose. School is not an institution of freedom. Education is a priceless opportunity for students, but it isn’t comfortable. There’s no way to tailor this shoe to fit anyone perfectly- we dealing with GROWING feet!

I borrowed this image from a student. She posted it Monday morning after Christmas break. Your students might have contributed to the top search results too.

When we know the shoe doesn’t fit, how do we make the journey bearable?

I found that student Monday morning and told her “That’s EXACTLY how I felt this morning! Anxious!” The least I can offer is validation and a testimony that life gets better after high school.

At least I have the Grade 10 Girls?

Twin 1: Ms. Anderson have you ever been in a long-term committed relationship?

Me: … Yes.

Twin 2: Ooh! How did that affect you?

Me: Well, OBVIOUSLY it ruined my life. Just look at me!

Twin 1: How long ago was that? Last year? (I nod). Oooh, that must be raw!

Twin 2: That sucks! How long did you date her for?

Me (growing irritation): Two. Years.

Twin 2: You know, I read somewhere on the internet that for every year that you date someone it takes 3 years to get over them…

Me: WHY ARE WE HAVING THIS CONVERSATION?!

Twin 1: (Pats my back awkwardly). Ms. Anderson, you are a beautiful, intelligent, independent woman. You don’t need another woman to complete YOU.

Twin 2: Besides. You have us!

Me: Yes. Seventy children, no girlfriend… WHY ARE WE HAVING THIS CONVERSATION?!

I have my priorities straight. Clearly. (Just a minor boiler repair folks, nothing dramatic).

I have my priorities straight. Clearly. (Just a minor boiler repair folks, nothing dramatic).

The problem with having two jobs is…

The problem with having two jobs is…

It’s one of those weeks… Lord give me patience!

It’s one of those weeks… Lord give me patience!