Monthly Archives: March 2010

Is Teaching A Calling?

So, here I am. Spring Break. It’s pretty nice…with all the not working and everything. You have to admit that. No matter what else you don’t like about your job, it’s pretty cool that Spring Break is still pretty cool. … Continue reading

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Are Teachers Morons?

This post, and maybe two more, will be dedicated to responding to some questions posed to me last month by a reader. The reader is preparing to make a decision about whether or not to teach and has some concerns. … Continue reading

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Do I Have To Be In A Teachers’ Union?

I’m a line worker Education factory Waiting for the bell First, let me say that I love unions. If you are a migrant avocado picker, janitor, coal miner, office cleaner, or assembly line worker; you should get yourself into a … Continue reading

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Second Education Poetry Archive

Once in a while, twice so far to be precise, I will post some of the most recent Teachbad bad poetry with links to the related posts. This is such an occasion. Not sure which to choose? Go ahead…read them … Continue reading

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English Papers Still Not Graded

FAKE EDUCATION NEWS -Eugene, OR For three weeks Alan Holcomb has been traveling back and forth between Sheldon High School in Eugene, OR and his apartment, also in Eugene, OR, with a stack of 72 papers on Rhetorical Device Analysis … Continue reading

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Teachers and Schools Fail Students…Anybody Else?

He’s a four year old Watching Apocalypto Inappropriate Three years ago I visited one of my students at home shortly after she had had a baby. I stopped by on a Saturday afternoon with a box of clothes and toys … Continue reading

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Fire Bad Teachers (But Who’s Bad?)

The great teacher gets Along with the horrid one The same token raise The front page story in Newsweek is a piece by Evan Thomas and Pat Wingert. The thesis of their article is that people who are bad at … Continue reading

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Do You Work Here?

If this was your job You’d have been gone long ago Wish I could fire you One of the great things about teaching, people who are not teachers often say, is that “You are the boss!” Yeah…I am the boss! … Continue reading

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The Gates Foundation, Teacher Retention, and Supportive Leadership

“Improve your practice” You want to improve my what? I can’t stand that phrase Do I look like a doctor? Do you think you’re fooling me? I’m not sure when this started, but at some point being a teacher has … Continue reading

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Turn Off The Damn TV-Video-Game-Internet-iPod-Thingy

They will kill us both Mom says you’re up until two The video games This is about a student I taught last year. He would come infrequently. When he could be troubled to come to school, he would be very … Continue reading

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