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Transcendental Thursday – 8/29/2013

A Prayer for Special Education Teachers

A Teacher’s Prayer


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Tuesday musings – 3/19/13

Overheard conversations today:

1. Teacher: “I think I’m allergic to cafeterias. Every time I go in there, my eyes start watering.”

2. One male special education assistant (A) to another, also male (B): “I’m sitting between [Male Student] and what he wants.”

B:  “What does he want?”

A: “Females and the kitchen.”

B: “Who doesn’t want those?”

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“May you live in interesting times.” – Chinese curse

Today was eventful, to say the least.

My morning assignment was at a preschool, and one of the youngsters was complaining of an itchy head. The school nurse was off, so in came the principal wearing vinyl gloves. She checked the little girl’s hair, and sure enough – head lice. The principal rounded up some health team personnel who checked all the other kids, and the teachers as well (This was the girl’s second episode with lice in as many months, and last time, the teacher and one of the assistants ended up with lice, too.) .

Then, this afternoon, I substituted for a very pregnant special education teacher. I knew she was far along, but she went into labor three hours after she left for the day. Luckily, the substitute for her maternity leave is already lined up.

Never a dull moment.


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Tuesday musings – 2/19/13

“We spend the first twelve months of our children’s lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve telling them to sit down and shut up.” — Phyllis Diller

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“Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.” — T.S. Eliot

I just completed and sent a proposal to teach an after-school enrichment program about reading and writing poetry. I’m curious about my readers’ favorite poems and/or poetic forms. Please share your favorites in the comments.


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Tuesday musings – 2/5/2013

“It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.” —
Hubert H. Humphrey

Wise words, whether or not you agree with Mr. Humphrey’s politics.

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The gifts of teaching

How cool is it that I have art on my refrigerator from kids to whom I’m not related? Here’s the latest acquisition, courtesy of a fifth-grader whose language arts class I guest-taught this week.

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