A Shrewdness of Apes

An Okie teacher banished to the Midwest. "Education is not the filling a bucket but the lighting of a fire."-- William Butler Yeats

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Who was I today?

Let's play a little game! Every teacher plays many roles.

Sometimes, we feed them, even if it feels like regurgitation.

Sometimes we try to whip them into shape through a little "tough love."

Other times, we just try to herd them through the day.

And of, course, we try to teach them, impart some knowledge and wisdom.

But who was I today?

Yes, I was feeling the love today. Let's just say, I wrote more referrals than a general practictioner with a hypochondriac patient. It was special. Who did YOU get to be?

How long until Thanksgiving break?


At 11/16/06, 8:25 PM, Blogger Vandalhooch said...

I got to be the greek today and the referee yesterday. Who says teaching is monotonous?

At 11/16/06, 9:05 PM, Blogger educat said...

I was a herdin' dog. Ever try to get 130 Sophs though lunch in 20 min at four different restraunts? Wish I'd had that class somewhere in college.

At 11/16/06, 9:27 PM, Blogger ms. whatsit said...

This is a cute post. Quite often I feel like a mother duck. Educators do have many roles to fill.

At 11/17/06, 7:11 AM, Blogger CaliforniaTeacherGuy said...

I don't know what I was yesterday, but I do know that I'm ready for the final bell today, the bell that signals the beginning of a much-needed, week-long Thanksgiving break. Hallelujah!

At 11/17/06, 2:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was a secret agent... no, wait I was just watching a movie about a secret agent :)

At 11/17/06, 6:56 PM, Blogger "Ms. Cornelius" said...


#$@^*!!! How the HECK do I get a sweet deal like that?

At 11/17/06, 7:02 PM, Anonymous NYC Educator said...

Congratulations on your free week. Enjoy it secure in the knowledge that I'm supremely envious.

I don't refer my own students anymore. I figure the most miserable thing I can do to them is keep them in class with me.

At 11/17/06, 7:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was a rodent control officer. Trying to tell the kids that the mouse we saw running along the wall in the room wasn't going to get them. Hopefully they haven't gone over the plague in social studies.

At 11/17/06, 8:37 PM, Blogger "Ms. Cornelius" said...

NYC- Oh, they weren't MY students! They were miscreants in the hallways and cafeteria!

Mrs bluebird-- EWWWW. If you can find the hole in the wall, put cayenne pepper in it-- they will then be your neighbor's problem.

At 11/17/06, 8:38 PM, Blogger "Ms. Cornelius" said...

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At 11/17/06, 10:45 PM, Blogger elementaryhistoryteacher said...

So sorry about the day of referrals. Been there, done that. Actually today was pretty good.....Loved this post. It was very correct, very timely, and very true. We have all been these things.

At 11/17/06, 11:43 PM, Anonymous Polski3 said...

We get a week off too....and I NEED IT. Guess some physical labor around the house and yard may help me forget about teaching for awhile......

OF course, depending on the state you live in and your local contract with the school district, there are a certain number of required days to teach. We get a week at Thanksgiving, two weeks at Christmas and a week of Spring Break.....and our last day with kids is 13 June. We don't end with Memorial Day (I know of no schools in California that do). Then, back to the grind in mid-Aug.

Do enjoy your Thanksgiving Break. I am looking forward to green bean casserole, turkey, stuffing etc., then later, Turkey Mole with rice and tortillas.

At 11/18/06, 7:10 AM, Blogger "Ms. Cornelius" said...

Turkey Mole??? Oh my God, memories of Thanksgiving and Christmas in "Teenyville," New Mexico come flooding back.

And I still hate green chili. It tastes like post-nasal drip.

Today I was the mama bird feedin' the babies.

At 11/18/06, 12:20 PM, Blogger Nic said...

I was definitely in "whipping into shape" mode the last two days. Maybe it's too close to Thanksgiving for that role and that's why I felt so frustrated.


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