People are being very thankful today on Facebook, which is nice.
One of my friends gave a shout out to high school teachers, and I couldn’t agree more!
I attended public school, and even during my high school years, my teachers easily spent half of their time disciplining students. Corporal punishment was still enforced back in my day, so lots of students were sent to the principal to get ‘licks.’
But some of the more creative teachers took a different route.
My personal favorite?
I had an English teacher who would stick a kid who was misbehaving behind the bookcase and make them stand there for the rest of the class.
Yep. This actually happened.
One kid — who shall remain nameless — stuck his arms and legs through the shelves and turned the bookshelves over on the rest of the classroom.
Come to think of it — that was the last time I saw her use that method.
Posted in Children, Education, Friends, Holiday, Humor, Internet, Life
Tagged bookcase, children, corporal punishment, discipline, education, English teacher, Facebook, friends, high school, Holiday, Humor, Internet, licks, life, memories, misbehave, principal, public school, students, teachers, Thanksgiving
Wanna have some fun?
Take this test to see which side of your brain is most dominant.
It only takes five minutes, and the test explains how each one of your answers impacts your final score.
Turns out I’m pretty much 50-50.
This test design pleases both sides of my brain.
Posted in Education, Entertainment, Humor, Internet, Life
Tagged brain, education, entertainment, head tilt, Humor, Internet, left brain, life, right brain, test, test design
When Rory and I were walking home from Central Park this morning, we crossed paths with a women and her young son, who were presumably on their way to school.
She was explaining what each of the letter grades (A, B, C, D, F) in school meant, to which he replied:
“Why is there no E?”
Huh. Good question.
She said, “There simply isn’t one,” which I didn’t think was a very satisfactory reply.
But I didn’t know the answer either, so I asked the Google machine.
Turns out until the middle of the 20th Century, most schools in the United States used the four letter grading system E, S, N, U — Excellent, Satisfactory, Needs Improvement, and Unsatisfactory.
When they transitioned to the current system, they eliminated the E to avoid confusion.
So, ma’am, that’s what you should have told your little boy.
Gonna have to mark you down for a lack of research.
Posted in Children, Education, Family, Humor, Life, Walking
Tagged Central Park, children, dog, e for effort, education, family, Google, grades, Humor, letter E, letter grading system, life, mother, New York City, school, son, walking
Referencing tweets in term papers?
Apparently, it’s a thing.
The Modern Language Association (MLA), the guide for academic paper etiquette, now includes a tweet citation format in its handbook. But anyone who uses tweets as foundation for a scholarly work probably doesn’t want to manually type the info…
Right — there’s an app for that.
Tweet2Cite is a web-based tweet citation generator.
Paste your tweet into the field provided, and it spits out an MLA-approved citation!
I for one can’t wait to see if any students cite tweets this fall in my university class.
If they don’t, that may mean they aren’t reading my blog.
Posted in Education, Humor, Internet, Life, Writing
Tagged academic papers, app, blog, college, education, Humor, life, little birdie, MLA, Modern Language Association, scholarly work, term papers, tweet citation, Tweet2Cite, tweets, Twitter, writing
The Sticky Egg is blue today, and it’s not because I’m sad or cold or have gone a little crazy in Photoshop.
It’s College Colors Day.
The tradition began in 2005 as a way to celebrate the college experience. People across America are encouraged to ‘suit up’ in the colors of their favorite college or university to show their school spirit.
It’s no coincidence that College Colors Day occurs when kids are headed back-to-school — a great excuse to wear those new t-shirts and hoodies you paid way too much for at the university bookstore.
So, I’ll be wearing the goods here in New York City — where a University of Kentucky tee turns a head or two — and the Egg will be as blue as any proud egg…
In the Big Blue Nation.
Posted in Basketball, College, Education, Humor, Life, March Madness
Tagged basketball, Big Blue Nation, blue, bookstore, college, College Colors Day, college experience, education, hoodie, Humor, life, March Madness, school, school spirit, t-shirt, UK blue, university, University of Kentucky
What are you waiting for?
Join the party!
Posted in Animals, Dogs, Education, Family, Holiday, Love, News, Relationships
Tagged animals, Dogs, education, family, Holiday, love, National Dog Day, news, woof
Growing up, my school mascot was the Golden Gophers.
I’ve always loved that.
My high school is no more, but the Fancy Farm Elementary and Middle School are still going strong, as are the Golden Gophers.
I wonder if they’re looking for some new artwork for the logo…because this whiteboard sketch I found online would be killer.
Posted in Animals, Art, Education, Humor, Internet, Life
Tagged animal instincts, animals, art, artwork, design, education, elementary school, Fancy Farm, Golden Gophers, Gopher, high school, Internet, logo, middle school, school mascot, whiteboard sketch
I was a child disciple of Captain Kangaroo.
So I was saddened to learn that one of his sidekicks, Dennis the Painter (aka Cosmo Allegretti), died today at the age of 86.
I didn’t know that Mr. Allegretti was also a puppeteer on the show. He was the man behind Captain Kangaroo’s friends Bunny Rabbit, Mr. Moose, Dancing Bear, Grandfather Clock and Magic Drawing Board.
What a huge part of the show he was!
In a bizarre coincidence, I met Mr. Allegretti’s son Pete while working at a television station after college. Pete was a news reporter there and, when my friends and I realized that Dennis the Painter was his father…
We all turned into small, starstruck children!
We will never forget you, Dennis.
Posted in Christmas, Commentary, Education, Entertainment, History, Humor, Life, Television, TV
Tagged Bunny Rabbit, Captain Kangaroo, children, commentary, Cosmo Allegretti, Dancing Bear, Dennis the Painter, education, entertainment, Grandfather Clock, history, life, Magic Drawing Board, Mr. Moose, news reporter, Pete Allegretti, puppeteer, Television, television station, TV
Today I survived a closed MRI.
For someone who is intensely claustrophobic, this is a red-letter event.
I did my homework on the procedure, so I knew what to expect. That’s why I opted for an open MRI when I needed imaging on my left shoulder a couple of years ago.
But an closed MRI was the only option today, which meant I had to face my fears.
I began by taking a light sedative, at my doctor’s advice — to take the edge off. And the technicians were great, walking me through the device and the actual procedure step-by-step. But the greatest help during what would have been 30 minutes of hell?
A series of mirrors that bounce images in the exam room back to me, so I always felt like I could see the outside world clearly…regardless of my position within the tube.
Hey — mind games are welcome here.
Posted in Commentary, Education, Health, Humor, Life, Technology
Tagged claustrophobia, closed MRI, commentary, conquering fears, doctor, exam room, fears, Health, hospital, Humor, imaging, life, mind games, MRI, open MRI, phobias, sedatve, technician, technology
I have taught students many concepts in my years as a trainer, but today’s lesson was one of my favorites:
Not the traditional ‘shut your mouth’ usage of the phrase — but the ‘you’ve got to be kidding, tell me more’ meaning. My class of primarily native German speakers were not aware of this slang term, and they left my course very excited to try it out on their colleagues.
I’m sure it will be a big hit.
I just wish I could remember where the usage originated. On TV? In a movie? Does anyone out there remember? If you do,
Shut up! (keep talking)
Posted in Celebrities, Education, Entertainment, Humor, Life, Relationships, Television, TV
Tagged celebrities, cultural divide, education, entertainment, Germany, Humor, lesson, life, pop culture, shut up, shut your mouth, sitcom, slang, students, Television, tell me more, trainer, TV, you've got to be kidding