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Volume 3 Number 2

Harry & Rosemary Wong say, "...effective teachers do not employ tricks of the trade, the latest fad, or untested opinions..." This month the Wongs feature Liz Breaux, a most effective teacher...
Effective Teaching by Harry & Rosemary Wong
Promoting Learning by Marv Marshall
4 Blocks by Cheryl Sigmon
Ask the School Psychologist by Beth Bruno
Online Classrooms by Leslie Bowman
The Eclectic Teacher by Ginny Hoover
The Busy Educator's Monthly Five (5 Sites for Busy Educators) by Marjan Glavac
Around the Block by Bridget Scofinsky
Ask the Literacy Teacher by Leigh Hall
The Visually Impaired Child by Dave Melanson
Seussational Reading Excitement - NEA's Read Across America: Too Much Reading Fun for Just One Day!...
The 100th Day of School
100th Day Activities
Television--Don't Trash It--Control It
Remediation Doesn't Work
Behavior Management Tips
Children and Stress
Children Do Grieve
Infuse Test Preparation With Life-long Learning
Technology Integration Has No Hope of Succeeding!
Technophobia to Technophilia
Cooperative Learning
Why All Students Need Fine Motor Skills
Teaching Gayle to Read (Part 3)
The Role of EFL learners' Heterogeneity in Terms of Age in Their Use of Communication Strategies
The Importance of the School Administration to Student Achievement
Using Non-Fiction to Motivate Reluctant Readers
Quantity over Quality--The Problem with Writing Instruction in Our Schools
Tips for Substitute Teachers
From "I Don't Care" to "I Did It!"
Rules for Secondary Classrooms
Block Scheduling
Special Days This Month
The Lighter Side of Teaching
  • YENDOR'S Top Ten
  • Exceptional Normalcy
  • Schoolies
  • Woodhead
  • Handy Teacher Recipes
    Classroom Crafts
    Help Wanted - Teaching Jobs
    Featured Lessons from the Lesson Bank
  • Famous Black Americans
  • Valentine Village
  • Upcoming Ed Conferences
    Letters to the Editor
    Chatboard Poll
    Arecibo Radar Gets 11th-Hour Reprieve
    Planetary Society Offers New Scholarships
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    by YENDOR (

    10. Catch the greased administrator

    Sissy boy walk


    Navel lint knitting contest


    Dodge the traffic


    Biggest snot bubble contest


    Exchange underwear relay


    Guess the librarian's weight


    Ugliest home room mother contest


    Flatulence contest......volume and distance




    Race the teachers to the parking lot at the end of the day contest

    Exceptional Normalcy
    by Goose/TX (

    I have again reaped the benefits of being a middle school teacher for a couple of decades. The mental calluses I have inadvertently accumulated from the daily association with middle school kids have caused me to become partially immune to the normal stresses of life. My assumption is a result of surviving, mentally unscathed, recent circumstances which would have most likely caused a normal person to become inflamed with stress and spout from his mouth words not becoming of a proper person.

    The chain reaction of the circumstances that provided me the inspiration for this article began behind my house. A couple of pipe lines carrying water, run behind my house, and every couple of years one of them begins to bubble up its contents upon the ground. Being as the leaks normally occur within my tree line, I don’t become overly anxious in attempting to figure out who to contact to repair the leak because I know that a tree or two will possibly meet their demise as a result of the repair work.

    The most recent leak provided my kids and their friends a source of entertainment when they visited us during the Christmas holidays. In one day they had dug cannels, a small pond, and engaged in several mud fights. The scenario was considerably entertaining, but I decided that when they returned to their respective cities, I would contact the owners of the pipeline and hopefully, they would repair the leak before I developed a swamp.

    After asking several folks, I finally located the owners of the pipeline and they promptly came out to repair the leak. I happened to be at home, calling a person to repair the motor on my heating system, when a man appeared with a backhoe. After he worked for a short while, I decided to check on his progress. About the time that I walked out, he shut down his backhoe and jumped out of the cab. He asked me, “What was that line that I just dug up?” I replied, “Possibly my gas line.” He responded, “No it has water running out of it.” I then stated that it must be my water line.

    We managed to get the water shut off, and he resumed his digging. I returned to the house to battle my computer which was recovering from a virus. After a bit, I returned to check on backhoe progress. Again, the man jumped out of the cab and asked, “What was that line I just dug up… smells like gas.” I replied that it must be my gas line. We then shut off the gas line.

    I returned to the house and began building a fire in my wood-burning stove in anticipation of a long cold night. When I returned to check on his progress again, I asked him about the possibilities of repairing the lines that evening. He replied that he had help on the way. Sure enough, he and his partner managed to repair both lines that evening. I got the water heater fired up again, flushed out the water lines and didn't think much more about it.

    The next morning when I turned on the shower, there was no hot water. I decided that there must have been a pocket of air in the gas line and lit the water heater again and returned to shave with cold water.

    At school, fortunately during my conference period, I suddenly noticed that my zipper was down. When I attempted to zip it back up, I discovered that the zipper was broken. I managed to repair it with two safety pins. Later, when I was in the restroom, I was fiddling around with the zipper in an attempt to relieve myself. In walked the principal. I could imagine what he was thinking and felt compelled to explain the situation. We had a good laugh about it and took care of our business.

    Finally, I returned home where I was planning on checking my computer to make sure that I had totally eradicated the virus. It was then that I discovered that my monitor had quit working. I gave up and went to call Rufus. He wasn't home. He had to work overtime. Sometimes, "stuff" just happens…… all in the same day, but that's normal for a middle school teacher.

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