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Living For Others

My hat’s off to you Who can get yourself through this To be perfectly honest I’m too selfish to do this A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others. — Author Unknown The quote below the Original Teachbad Poem is something I found on one of those inspirational teacher quotes websites that I hate so much. It was the very first one and it almost knocked me off my chair. The idea that I have to sacrifice myself (burn out?) in order to do my job adequately Read more [...]

Do You Like Fridays?

Never known a group To fetishize the Friday So much as teachers Always to one another Of its nearness we must speak I think everybody who works some sort of basic Monday through Friday job appreciates Friday. It’s the last day of the work week. When it’s over you get two days off. That’s not hard to understand. If you’re the president or you work at a movie theatre or a bar or something like that, it’s different. But Friday holds a special place in most of our hearts. Teachers have taken this Read more [...]

Teacher Retention Incentive for Principals

We’re here, and then not Trotsky in Stalin’s scrap book Gone and forgotten I know that I bitch a lot. But, honestly, that’s why this blog exists in the first place. So I don’t consider that a valid criticism. However, in addition to bitching, I want to contribute suggestions for taking the bottom-feeding, low man on the totem pole, grunt work, KP duty, snipe hunting, pull my finger, 52 card pick-up, never in the room when a real decision is made reality of teachers and eliminating it or making it Read more [...]

Dear Teaching: It’s Not You, It’s Me

Same conversations Come to school, do your homework… Different set of kids Don’t mouth off, walk in the hall… Waiting for your replacements Teaching, I have really tried to love you. I guess I probably still do love you and always will. I’m just not in love with you. Why? It’s hard to say… On second though, no it’s not. Here it is: You are such a boring, predictable bitch. There. I said it. I’m sorry. Please don’t cry. Seriously, don’t cry…OK, I’m sorry…I know that sounded harsh…No…there Read more [...]

Fire Drill Not Taken Seriously, Part I

FAKE EDUCATION NEWS Denver, CO Part One At precisely 12:19pm Monday the fire alarm at East High School in Denver, Colorado blared throughout the building. Jared Winslow had been trained for this moment and faced it with steely calm. Winslow, a 36-year-old social studies teacher and third floor co-captain of the East High Safety Team, is lean and upright. His jaw tightens as he recalls the smallest details of the undertaking he must now undertake. Teachbad Action News (TAN) was given unprecedented Read more [...]

More Fat Kids

Fat kids’ PDA Like baked potatoes fighting Over the butter This poem is dedicated to my favorite obese boyfriend and girlfriend at school. They can often be seen waddling the halls together, sausage fingers locked linked (yeah, that’s funnier); or in a deep embrace, each pair of chubby little arms trying to complete its lover’s circumference. One time I saw them walking to school sharing an enormous jelly donut. I wanted to slap it out of their hands. Or at least grab it from them and make them Read more [...]

Why Do Teachers Quit?

Professional respect Intellectual debate Pain and gain The battle of ideas Recognition Climbing the ladder Closing the deal Surprises New challenges and power lunches Trust and opportunity These are the crucial elements That animate the teacher And drive him To look for a new job The following is a comment from the last post. Here is the comment, in italics, and my response: I understand your blog is primarily a medium for venting, and having been a classroom teacher, it’s probably a necessary Read more [...]