The Next Page Entry 57: A matter of time…

The Next Page Entry 57: A matter of time…

clock drawing on chalkboard

Saw a cartoon in the paper recently with the caption, ‘Alarm clocks…because every morning should begin with a heart attack.’

My version: “School bells…because every day should end with a heart attack.”

I swear they [whoever ‘they’ is…but I have a pretty good idea.] crank up the volume to 11 [aka’ Led Zeppelin-KISS-AC/DC’] at 3:00.

And is it just for Room 36?

Or am I being paranoid?

Or, should I say, more paranoid than before?

The Next Page Entry 31: Good lady, that Mrs. Helm

The Next Page Entry 31: Good lady, that Mrs. Helm

chocolate-chip cookies
Staff meeting. Interesting. I sat down and the two colleagues at the table found reason to move elsewhere. I kept my head down in the Austin Kleon book I was reading and busied myself by taking out my wheel book.

Then our librarian, Sally Helm, sat down by me. I didn’t expect her to be staying for the meeting, but figured she had some quick announcement for the staff. I pulled out my Joy of Cooking chocolate chip drop cookies [hold the extra tablespoon of flour, thank you very much] and, after pulling out a couple for Mr. Taylor, plopped them between us. I shot her a glance and a smile, then nodded toward the cookies. She dove in.

A few minutes later, we both eyed the last cookie. I nudged it toward her. She chuckled and, with her notebook, slid it back toward me. Kate Smalley leaned forward and hissed [that’s really the only word that fits here], “Would one of you two eat it?” I scooped up the cookie and napkin and underhanded it to her table.

Was happy Mrs. Nix hadn’t shown up yet. It would have been just like her to pull the ol’ “And Ms. Page, did you bring enough for everybody?’ line.

After the meeting ended, it hit me. Shirley was not on the meeting agenda, but there she still was.

“Did you sit here just for the cookies?” I asked her.

“I can’t think of a better reason,” she said.

But it hit me…when she sat by me, there was no hint of chocolate chip drop cookies.

A highlight of my day, that lady was.

Teacher ecard: Shadow puppets as a Plan B

Teacher ecard: Shadow puppets as a Plan B

old man doing shadow puppets

Another page from my in-progress Incomplete Book of Teacher Wisdom…

Freely downloadable, as always.

And since it’s a PNG, you can easily edit it here.

Drop by the Expo for a tour of the preview items.

** Here is a short tour of the Expo and its current collection of resources. [More are being added every week.]

Suggestions:

— Project it to the whiteboard and have the students provide their own captions.

— Save/download the image above and send it to a teaching colleague.

— Better yet…

  1. Open it in an image editing program [even a presentation program like PowerPoint will work]

  2. Slap an even better caption on top of mine or add a personal comment.

  3. Export it as a JPG or PNG, and email/text message it to that friend.

Teacher ecard: Field trips…a mixed blessing.

Teacher ecard: Field trips…a mixed blessing.

Teacher eCard Field Trips Mixed Blessing cropped

Freely downloadable, as always.

And since it’s a PNG, you can easily edit it here.

Drop by the Expo for a tour of the preview items.

** Here is a short tour of the Expo and its current collection of resources. [More are being added every week.]

Suggestions:

— Project it to the whiteboard and have the students provide their own captions.

— Save/download the image above and send it to a teaching colleague.

— Better yet…

  1. Open it in an image editing program [even a presentation program like PowerPoint will work]

  2. Slap an even better caption on top of mine or add a personal comment.

  3. Export it as a JPG or PNG, and email/text message it to that friend.