Archive for February, 2013

Today’s Riddle

February 21, 2013


What do you get when you cross: A fourth grade class with one kid returning from China, two returning from Aruba, and three kids absent for a field trip; the first day of a third grade unit you had 45 minutes notice for, along with a lock-down drill, all in a room that isn’t your own; and a group of potentially squirrelly first-graders with a somewhat unstructured activity?

You get one HECKUVA day to have a sub.

Not sure I’m looking forward to the notes on my desk in the morning.

And you? What’s the worst position you’ve ever left a sub in, or the worst plans you’ve ever had to leave? Or subs, what’s the worst you’ve ever been left with?

Exhibit B

February 17, 2013

You know you’re a teacher of gifted kids when you put out a test question that reads: “Robert goes to school at 7:35 and it takes him 45 minutes to get ready. What time should he get up?” and here’s the answer you get:


All in a Day’s Work

February 7, 2013

I always promise myself I won’t do it.

I promise myself I won’t get behind on grading.

I promise myself I won’t collect more work than I can reasonably grade.

But when you see 37 different students for math alone, and you wait even a day or two to grade their papers, this is how you end up:


…consider this a cautionary tale…

How about you teachers out there? Do you also measure your work to grade in inches, or hours worth of work? What’s the tallest stack you’ve ever had to face?