12 Months Plus As soon as she hit 12 months, she began to walk. Once she began to walk, no matter how slow and awkward, there was no acceptance of the carrier or stroller. She wants to go places and she will explore whether you are there or not. Words are also becoming more prominent. … Continue reading Year Two For Her (and Us)
It’s Not Easy
It's easy to destroy,It's easy to point fingerIt's easy to unleashAn email full of rageIt's easy to assumeThe other person is to blameIt's easy to deridePoke fun and humiliate.There's no difficulty in sarcasmThere's no talent in a screamThe only problem with them allIs they don't accomplish a single thing.It's not easy to be kindBut it … Continue reading It’s Not Easy
Teachers (and Parents), STOP BEING FRIENDS WITH KIDS.
I have been substituting for about two months now. Being a substitute allowed me to observe various teachers in various schools. It allowed me to test various teaching techniques and approaches. Of the many approaches to teaching I tried, only one worked. I tried being the cool guy, an approach I saw at charter schools … Continue reading Teachers (and Parents), STOP BEING FRIENDS WITH KIDS.
60 Day Challenge
A month and a half ago I had my 22nd high school reunion. I had 5-6 drinks. I was drunk. I don't get drunk often anymore. Ever since 2019 when I started tracking my daily alcohol intake, I significantly dropped my alcohol intake to less than a drink a day. I was less likely to … Continue reading 60 Day Challenge
Charter School Teachers
There's a bizzare thing about subs. We're kind of invisible. The teachers and admin are happy to see us but they don't really seem to think that we know much or can do much. As a result you end up observing a lot. I took on a teaching job of sixth grade. It said it … Continue reading Charter School Teachers
Sicket Man Alive
Shmuli could feel his heart stop, then go again. He put the oxmeter on his finger and stared at it, watching the numbers appear and the bar with the heartbeat bounce up and down, stop, then rise again. He could feel his lungs stop, become heavy, then light again. The red light of the oxmeter … Continue reading Sicket Man Alive
Лежит на травеУмер он от пулиВо время войныОперация в КиевеЗа нацистами онРади Росии пришел Но остался онНа земле как упалНе нужен был мертвыйРодине он.Долг закончилПатрон он словилЖивая мишеньА что мать у негоИли детиВ Башкирии или УфеЭто не важноКак слезы текут Главное честьвождя защищатьНельзя ведь представитьИли голос сказатьЧто нищая стала странаГде жизнь не нужнаРождают материМишени для … Continue reading Русский солдат
What Time Travel Movies Got Wrong Could Kill You.
The other day we were driving home and a thought popped into my head. That thought began a threat of thoughts that ended with a surprising realization: time movies have a very very big flaw. When one thinks of time travel, they think of Back to the Future where you enter a date and time … Continue reading What Time Travel Movies Got Wrong Could Kill You.
Substitute Teacher Part II – Lessons from Subbing
I didn't actually become a sub in a school district. The process requires sending paper packet to the district where it takes months and months of approval to get an emergency credential. It is much easier but also far less lucrative, to sign up with a company that contracts substitutes. Why schools allow someone who … Continue reading Substitute Teacher Part II – Lessons from Subbing
Substitute Teaching – Part I The Experience
If there is one person who most students hate, it is substitute teachers. When a child arrives and sees the scared eyes of a sub, they feel a sense of power that is unlike anything else. I personally never thought I'd ever be one. But Covid created a substitute shortage and I had time so … Continue reading Substitute Teaching – Part I The Experience