Getting Your Man Card Reissued

Hey, guys who are out at Wal-Mart stocking up on Bushmasters so that you can get your Man Card Reissued, here are some other ways you might think to get your human being card instead.

1.  Be a Big Brother.  Be a mentor to a kid in need.

2. Help your mom fix something around the house.

3. Do something nice for your wife or girlfriend.

4.  Do something creative like write, or draw or dance, or make music.

5. Make somebody laugh.

6. Do some heavy lifting for an old lady who can’t do it herself.

7. Clean the house.


9. Think of somebody other than yourself.

10. Turn in your gun and find some peace in your heart.

Top Eight Reasons Teachers Should Not Be Armed

It’s hard to believe this debate is going on right now.  Unthinkable.  Here’s why.

1. Hm, let’s see…teachers are now armed…where’s the gun?  (Can’t you just see some crazy person–disgruntled teenager, angry intruder, whoever, trying to figure this one out and succeeding?)

2.  All our professional development time and money would be spent on the shooting range instead of on The Common Core.

3.  Schools are notorious for having stuff that breaks and takes months to get fixed.  What happens if the lock on your gun cabinet gets broken?  Where do you store the gun?  In the art cubbies?

4. People who own guns tend to USE them.  Seriously, a couple bad write-ups could send any one of us over the edge.

5.  Guns are very inconvenient.  Think how you’d feel strapping one on over the leggings and trying to conceal it from 5 year-olds who are always patting, touching, and grabbing.

6. I would never feel safe carrying a gun, would you?  I’d be so worried I’d shoot myself in the thigh or other important body part, that I wouldn’t be able to concentrate.

7. I wouldn’t feel safe having a gun in my classroom.  Kids are really good at finding things you don’t want them to have.

8. Teachers have enough to think about, without having to carry a loaded weapon. You’re already spending a ton of extra time on anti-bullying, drug awareness, AIDS education, etc., etc., etc.  What’s next?  Gun Safety for the Elementary School?

Let’s get real.  We’re trained to educate and to be good role models for kids and society in general.  Please don’t ask us to carry guns.



Friendship Squeeze

My favorite part of today was, at the end of writing time, when a second grader asked me, “Can we do the Friendship Squeeze?”  We all joined hands, then one person sent a squeeze to the person sitting next to her, then she sent it to the next person, until the energy of friendship had been passed around the circle.

I wonder what would happen if we could, each and everyone of us, circle the globe and do the friendship squeeze?


Don’t you just love when your school hosts a holiday boutique?  You send the kiddies in with your hard earned cash and they get to spend an hour of school time shopping for things like velvet rose tipped pens, and plastic coffee mugs?  Yeah, me neither.

I was really happy this year when the PTA at my son’s school decided NOT to do the boutique, but opted to have the kids MAKE stuff instead.  And they did it after school so the kids wouldn’t be rushed.  My son went and loved it.  He even got to choose what to make!  All week parent volunteers worked the tables–some kids made necklaces, some made bookmarks, others made picture frames.  I heard the turnout was great.

Thank you, Cranford, NJ PTA!

A Conference is Just Like A Doctor’s Appointment

It hit me this morning–a good reading or writing conference with a student is just like a good doctor’s appointment!  I’ve recently been diagnosed with frozen shoulder (very painful, and soon I’ll be asking for help shaving my underarms if it doesn’t unfreeze–NOT FUN) so I’ve been going to medical people a lot.  Right now I’m going to a really awesome accupuncturist (Chris Butler) and after one of my visits I realized, hey this is just like having a good one-on-one with a student!

First, he asks me how I’m doing.  Wants to know if I’ve been doing the exercises and taking the herbs he suggested previously.  (Just like a conference when we ask students how it’s going).  Second, he checks me out.  (Just like when we look at a student’s piece of writing or ask him/her to read or talk about a book).  Third, he makes a diagnosis, depending on what I’ve told him and shown him.  This week the pain has been bad, so Chris is going for a more aggressive treatment. (Just like the ‘teach’ part of a conference, when we decide what a student needs and then instruct appropriately.) Finally, the treatment is over, he reminds me to keep up with the exercises and the herbs and I’m done.  (Just like when we send students off to practice what we’ve taught.)

The important part of my one-on-one with Chris is that he knows ME.  He knows my situation, he asks relevant questions and he’s prepared with the right treatment for ME.  He bases his treatment on the now of my condition.  (Extra big needles this time–ouch!)  But it worked.  He sent me off with a plan for the week, and I really do feel better.  Confident that this will heal and that I have a way to help myself.  I can’t ask for more than that.  (Unless Chris is good with a razor…)

Gift Idea?

Love Book

Love Book

I’m the kind of person who likes to make gifts.  Except I’m not very talented.  I don’t knit or sew or paint.  Even my baking is a little hurtin.  Some of my gifts are bigger hits than others.  The shells I collected and arranged in a vase for a college boyfriend didn’t go over as well as this–the Love Book.  So just what is a Love Book? It’s actually a list of things you love about the person you’re giving the gift to.  It doesn’t have to be a book–you can make a simple list, or poster.  I’ve made three so far for my husband.   (It definitely beats snails in a jar.)

(Take a look at The Mom Jar for something similar).