Category Archives: Teaching

The Elementary School Teacher’s Guide to Effective Parenting

Now that I have been retired from teaching in elementary school for some time, I believe it is now safe, er, incumbent upon me to share some of the wisdom I have gathered over the years. A retired teacher.  Note … Continue reading

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Speling is Gud

Last week, as I was grocery shopping in a large local chain supermarket, I encountered the following sign. I brought my shopping cart to an abrupt halt. I gaped. No, it wasn’t a sudden craving for pretzEls begging to be … Continue reading

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Goodbye, Durham

On Thursday morning, June 20, I’ll have to say goodbye to an old friend. Durham Elementary School, as a result of school district reconfiguration, will cease to exist as a K-5 elementary school. It will be reborn as the Cairo-Durham … Continue reading

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Of Puke and Pencils

As any elementary school teacher knows, in addition to being an Angel of Mercy and indispensible to the functioning of the school, the school nurse is also a Destination. OK, I’m bored. Where can I go to get outta here … Continue reading

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Here Comes Captain Book

Aarrrggghh, my pretties! It is I, Captain Book…… Every Friday morning 75 or so Kindergarten through 2nd graders come together in Durham Elementary’s cafetorium for Morning Program, a long standing tradition blending song, instruction and camaraderie to get the day … Continue reading

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Teaching, Testing, and Other Contradictions

Let’s begin with a disclaimer: everything that follows is based on anecdotal evidence. There are two reasons for this, the first being that my more than 20 years as an elementary school teacher gives me a plethora of anecdotes to … Continue reading

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Arachnophobia

Spiders. It’s bad luck to kill one. They’re more afraid of you that you are of them. They eat flies and other annoying pests. They are nature’s little octopodal helpers. These and other platitudes I would routinely bleat out to … Continue reading

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A Positive Addiction

I have been, as previously mentioned, an Anglophile since the age of approximately six. I have been a bibliophile for just about as long (no, relax, there won’t be a “phile” for every letter of the alphabet) and it has … Continue reading

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