Monday, January 23, 2006

And Still Much More Tame Than My Pinata-Counter Argument Performance

Today the new assitant superintendent of... instruction(?) was escorted into my class roughly 90 seconds before I donned a pirate hat, hopped up on a chair, called out "YAR!", waited for the class to respond with "Aye, Aye, Cap'n!" and then preceded to give directions.

Last week, a "substitute" principal wandered in as I led the class in raising our right hands, swearing to whatever higher power we found applicable, or in some cases, none at all, to hereby promise "never again act like piles of raw hamburger lumped into a desk, but rather students commited to our future and the future of our families." Then we played imaginary catch for 37 seconds until we were ready to refocus on learning objectives.

The thing I'm wondering about is, maybe I should re-engage the clearing of the old credential and the acquisition of tenure.

4 Comments:

Blogger "Ms. Cornelius" said...

Happens to me all the time, too. Like when I'm teaching a bunch of 16 year olds the names of the presidents, in order, to the tune of Yankee Doodle, with guitar accompaniment.

What kind of principal voodoo goes on that they come flying down then, but not in the midst of a hellacious fight?

12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liz here from I Speak of Dreams.

Man if you get dinged for being so creative and energetic you are in the wrong district or school or something. I love it when my kid comes home and tells me a great story like your hamburger story (her US history teacher is very clear that he gets bored easily & does not suffer fools gladly--she works *really hard* for him).

4:16 PM  
Blogger TMAO said...

I think the concern was more hypothetical than real. Although my name just came up some kind of audit because the District does not have my credential on file. Of course, I don't have my credential on file either. I don't think I've ever seen it.

"Commuting to the 408 For Absolutely No Valid Employment Related Purpose" would be a pretty crappy basis for a blog.

9:28 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I thought of those awesome stories last night when I was teaching my college class a rapid-fire history of early childhood education and at one point I threw my arms up in the air and shouted, "DING DING DING! Invention of the printing press! VERY IMPORTANT! Just as a gaggle of administrators were walking by.

8:03 AM  

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