Archive for the ‘Students: Better and Worse’ Category

Teachbad’s “Struggling Students” Video

I hope you enjoy the video. It’s your favorite principal and teacher discussing struggling students. I also want to announce that the winner of the Photo Caption Contest is Ms. Cynthia Sloan for her submission: The Lack of Fathers is a Parent. For her winning entry, Cynthia will receive one free set of Teachbad Therapy Magnets. I would also like to add that Cynthia has a website full of resources for Spanish teachers, which I’m sure is very good. I looked around it myself and it definitely Read more [...]

The “Do Now”

It is referred to variously as a Do Now or a Warm-up or, if you are a hard-core edu-dork, an Activator. There may be other regional variants. And if you are a vice principal who is really intent on showing how out of touch you are, you can require teachers to engage in these at the beginning of staff meetings. It never fails to make you the object of ridicule after the meeting! Never. This is the thing that all of the kids are supposed to be engaged with actively, meaningfully, and immediately Read more [...]

Teachbad Sings: “Watch You Drown”

Hi, Folks- Mr. Teachbad has written a new song. I am aware that the bulk of my talent allotment has not been delivered in the form of singing, guitar-playing or song-writing abilities. So, once again, I have decided to combine all three into a one-stop wonder of mediocrity. Just for you. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYtLLR-1kV0 Watch You Drown Every time you hand me a rubric I want to push you off a bridge And watch you drown Every time I feel a little bit sick I’m gonna Read more [...]

I Feel So Cheap And Dirty, Part II

Before you go on, you may want to read I Feel So Cheap And Dirty, Part I. But I can’t make you. The four come into my room, and I know what’s going to happen. (By the way, Timmy has no IEP, 504 or anything like that. He’s just lazy.) The social worker introduces me to Timmy’s parents, who speak no English. And I don’t speak what they speak. It’s unclear whether the social worker speaks what they speak, but I think not. So with no communication happening on most fronts, the social worker just hits Read more [...]

I Feel So Cheap and Dirty, Part I

Three days after I published the last video, the sadly prophetic one about teachers being coerced into giving students grades they don’t deserve, here’s what happened to me: I had entered senior grades on Sunday night. When I checked my email in the morning I found a few papers that had been turned in overnight. I graded them. I entered new grades. No big deal. That was Monday. The seniors were officially done with classes. On Tuesday they all started coming around to get things signed off Read more [...]

Teachbad Video: What Grade Would You Like?

Teacher in delicate negotiations with a student in What Grade Would You Like?

Dear Seniors: Please, Just Go

Holy shit…you guys are the cat’s meow…let me tell you. You seniors… But you don’t need me to tell you. Am I right? You already know just exactly how goddamn awesome you are. And some of you really are. But others, not so much. You come in late, or nor at all. You complain about how stressful your life is. You sleep in class…because you are sooo stressed. What’s with you guys? I know you are stressed. The stress is maybe a little like alcohol. They say it enhances your personality. Read more [...]

Geography of School

There is something that has been pissing me off all year…and I thought I knew what it was. It was right there, in front of me all year. Sort of. And I sort of sensed it. But I didn’t really get it until last week. And it’s not what you think it’s going to be; the regular cocktail of assholes, dummies and meetings. It wasn’t dummies at meetings. It wasn’t assholes sending me emails about meetings. It wasn’t feeling like an asshole or a dummy because I actually came to this meeting. It wasn’t Read more [...]

Pure Rant

Holy Crap… Does it get worse every year, or have I changed? I teach seniors. I teach nine week classes on a block schedule. Every nine weeks, I get a new load of 16-25 year olds that I see for 85 minutes every day. (Serious…I had a 25-year-old this year.) It’s only nine weeks, but that’s still a lot of time to hang with lazy-ass chatty and the crew. The third batch, from the third quarter, is wrapping up tomorrow. They have to pass my class in order to graduate. Many haven’t given a shit Read more [...]

Do I Have to be a “Great” Teacher?

Be forwarned: This post is all over the place. But, for what it’s worth, it accurately reflects my mental state. And that’s all I can do. God help us. Question: What do you call the guy who finished medical school at the bottom of his class? Answer: Doctor What is it with all of us teachers suddenly having to be “great”? Where I come from, I was taught not to show off. The ultimate goal for we Midwesterners was always understood to be “quiet adequacy.” What if I am content to be “pretty Read more [...]