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Purge/Binge & Some Ephemera

I’m purging my RSS feeds again. The last time I did it completely was 2008. It has been far too long. ¬†Currently I’m sitting at 248 feeds and have been using Google Reader since 2007- roughly 6 years and 203,731 items read. That’s about 93 items a day, every day for 6 years. Clearly, I […]

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Guest Post

Hello Ms. Rivas, I would be interested in a post that details why allowing random people who solicit you via email to guest post on your blog is a terrible idea. Seriously, Tom On Feb 24, 2012, at 5:38 AM, Katheryn Rivas wrote: Hi Tom, I hope this email finds you well. I only recently […]

All My Cars are Immigrants

I heard this line coming home. My drama need a passport. All my cars are immigrants.1 How could I not make a poster for Gucci Mane and adding a whole slew of immigrant cars? I’m sure he meant he had a lot of Kias. 1 Language and themes in this song are questionable if you […]

My Phone Coughs Politely

I’m a bit old school when it comes to phones. I habitually leave my phone on vibrate. I never notice that it vibrates. This occasionally makes people mad. I do this mainly because I’m absent minded and don’t want to be that guy with the annoying phone going off. The solution came to me the […]

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“Small People” Limited Time Offer

As an English or foreign language teacher I’d be all over the “small people” quote by BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg. It’s not going to be useful much longer so act now. Questions: Should this comment make people mad? What did he mean? What should he have said? It’s a beautiful entry to arguing about word […]

Mega Shark Infographic

Mega Shark Infographic

I don’t know what it is about posters lately but this is simply awesome. It’s from the movie Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus1. Pitching this WCYDWT style would be awesome. Any crazy physics teachers out there willing to give this a shot? I was utterly bored by physics both times2 I took it but I’d […]

Snow Days Don’t Stop Assessment

This wouldn’t be worth of mocking except for the fact that it was retweeted time and time again by the Blackboard Twitter fanboy crowd and when I finally read it I couldn’t get the taste of bile out of my mouth. This is the garbage they celebrate as a success. So the following post is […]

Edu-pumkin II – The Bava

Unlike Jim Groom, who only lavishes surface praise while harboring deep hatred, I truly respect the Bava and integrate him into our family’s holiday traditions1. I had to make a hole in the back of Jim’s head to let some of the hot air out. Still needs some work though as the candle keeps going […]

Cartoons keep speaking to me

These are not the voices you want reminding you of where education is headed. Centralized pacing guides, centrally created lesson plans and myriad of other choices are moving teachers into the role of trained chickens with little choice and less say about what happens in their classrooms. Standardization is great for planning and scaling but […]