I hate calling student’s parents. Last week I called several and tried to give a little praise mixed in with the reports of defiance and failure to turn in homework. The next day a parent showed up during reading. I invited her to sit down, but she said she wasn’t parked legally. She walked behind her son and BAM! smacked him in the head, told him to pay attention and left. Of course I had to call her that night and explain that even parents shouldn’t strike their kids when in school.

A feral third grader recently added to one of my reading groups has been verbally threatening the other kids, rapping, thumping and rolling around on the floor, among other things. I wanted to phone his house, but every number listed on the emergency contact sheet is disconnected. At the end of the day I saw him crying and stumbling backward into the hallway from his homeroom, followed by a formidably large woman who stepped forward and shoved him again.


February 28, 2010. Education. Leave a comment.

Stupid Things I’ve Said #1

I had a group of fifth and sixth graders crammed around a “kidney” table struggling with the SRA Corrective Reading text. A young man with ADHD plopped hisĀ feet on the table and started rolling up his trouser legs, to which I bellowed “Pull your pants down!”

February 21, 2010. Education. Leave a comment.

I got a “C”

My #1 son attends an “accelerated” second grade class. I helped him with his weather station science project during Saturnalia break and had a heavy hand in writing his 5 page word processed report that accompanied his presentation board. His teacher recently posted the grades on the school website. We got a C. Forty years ago when I was in second grade I was still writing on enormous sheets of paper with a third of the page devoted to drawing space at the top. Now second graders have to write research papers.

February 2, 2010. Education. Leave a comment.