One of my students enlisted me one recess to be her “scribe.” “Sit down, and write what I say.” I pretended to pull out a scroll, as the girl gazed off in the distance, pondering the correct wording for the message to her mother. Obviously having been enlightened, she turned to me, pointed a finger at the pretend scroll, motioning for me to write, and said, “Dear Mother,” she began, Read the rest of this entry
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How to make your mark at a new school
When we moved, I enrolled my children at a private school known for its rigorous academics and discipline. I was eager for them to make a good impression, but when my mother called after their first week to inquire how my children were doing, I said, “Oh, you mean the cheat, the forger, and the vandal?”
I got a call from the principal or a teacher nearly every day that week. First was Read the rest of this entry
What a tease our Founding Fathers were!
I asked the students in my history class to write lines from the Declaration of Independence that they were to have memorized. One student started out well, but then… Read the rest of this entry
As heard in a Kindergarten classroom, part 5
During our morning saint of the day lessons, my class would often try to think up reasons to raise their hands for questions completely unrelated, as it was the beginning of the day and there was always news to share from the previous day. In an attempt to keep us on task one day, I asked one of my girls who had her hand raised if her question was about our saint of the day. She assures me that it is. “Alright, what is you question then?” She obviously had not quite thought through how she was going to approach this Read the rest of this entry
How do teachers grade papers with a straight face?
My parents uncovered a test I took in, I think, 3rd grade. Here are my stellar answers to the two essay questions:
16. Name two animals that are endangered. Explain how they became endangered. Tell what you would do to keep them safe. Read the rest of this entry
As Heard in a Kindergarten Classroom, Part 3
During a sharing of the story of George Washington and the apple tree, I paused and asked my students, when we came to the word ‘hatchet’: “Does anyone know what a hatchet is?” One of my girls, ever eager to share, raised her hand, Read the rest of this entry