Category: Fun

By , Wednesday, 6th July, 2016


When I’m at social gatherings, I often meet non-teachers who ask me questions about teaching. The vast majority of these people are kind and gracious. They’ll tell me about a teacher they had that impacted them positively, or will ask my opinion on thoughtful questions about education. But occasionally, I’ll get someone who is walking around lugging this giant anti-teaching axe to grind. He/she will say something either completely rude or just passive-aggressively rude about teaching, and I have to take a moment in my head to sort through what kind of response I’d like to give that individual. Here are five such comments, as well as my recommendations for how (and how not) to respond.

1) Someone says, “I don’t know why people think teaching is so hard. It would be so nice to have a whole summer off—the rest of us don’t get a break!”

How to talk to non teachers 


  • “Well, actually most teachers are in professional development, doing work to prepare for the next school year, teaching summer school, or working another job to supplement their paltry income. Also, the school year is so busy and stressful that the time we do have to rest during the summer is extremely important to our well-being. But yes, it’s a common misconception that we have summers off.”


  • “You’re right, it would be so nice to have summers off! To what profession are you referring so I can apply right now?”
  • “Double-dare you to spend a week with my fifth period. You’d need two years to recover.”
  • “Hmm. I don’t think you know very many things.”

2) Someone says, “I would love to only work from 8:00 to 3:00 every day.”

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  • “I would also love that! Teachers actually work quite a bit longer than that—my day at school is usually between 10 and 12 hours, not including my commitments during coaching season, and then on top of that the time at home spent grading, planning. But yeah, I remember thinking the same thing before I started teaching.”


  • “Absolutely! It’s awesome planning my lesson as I’m delivering it to each class! And it took a while for me to learn how to grade their work as they did it and put it in the computer by telekinesis, but now I’m a champion.”
  • “How often do you give presentations for work?” (Wait for person to respond, “A few times a year,” “Twice a month,” whatever.) “How much planning goes into one presentation?” (Wait for person to respond, “Several hours,” “Six weeks,” or whatever amount of time.) “Huh. Interesting. I give presentations six times a day. Nine months out of the year. To children who aren’t paid to be there. Bye now.”
  • Simply glare and walk away.

3) Someone says: “You know what they say: those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.”

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  • “You might be surprised—some of the most intelligent, successful people in their fields end up making terrible teachers. There’s a lot more to it than people think.”


  • “And those who can do neither spout clichés.”
  • “Oh, all these years I thought the saying was, ‘Those who haven’t taught, can’t talk.’ Silly me!”
  • “If I had a dragon, I would feed you to it.”

4) Someone says, “You think 120 students is bad? I manage 200 employees—grown adults.”



  • “Wow, I’m sure your job is stressful. We have that in common. Thanks for sharing!”


  • “I’m so lucky to be in the presence of an expert! Tell me: what do you do when an employee doesn’t turn in work? What happens if your warnings are ineffective? What happens if one of them flagrantly and repeatedly disrespects you? You get to fire them? Huh. Interesting.”
  • “Can my students and I take a field trip to your place of business? Great! I won’t be joining them, since you clearly have a handle on things. I’ll make sure they all eat sugar packets for lunch.”

5) “I thought about teaching, but I really wanted to go into a profession where I’d be more challenged.”



  • “That’s interesting, because I think my job is remarkably challenging. It requires a ton of interpersonal and management skills, and I’m constantly having to be resourceful and act under quite a few pressures and deadlines. What part of teaching is it that sounds easy to you?”


  • “Totally true. In fact, I met with my principal last week and asked if I could have a pay cut. It’s just way too easy teaching classes of 35 eighth graders who are between one and three grade levels behind.”
  • “I’m sorry, can you repeat that? You used too many big words for a simple teacher like me to understand.”
  • “I thought about having this conversation with you, but I really wanted to do something worthwhile, so I’m going to go find some cheese.”

Officially, I’m going to recommend sticking with the “Say This” response when you find yourself in these tricky social situations. They are diplomatic, polite responses that will hopefully engage meaningful dialogue.

(But off-record, it’s pretty fun to occasionally say a “Not That” followed by a gentle punch on the shoulder and walking away, leaving the person to question how serious you were.)

How would you respond to these statements?

Love, Teach teaches English at a Title I middle school and writes about it at In addition to teaching, she enjoys daydreaming about hypoallergenic cats, stalking Dan Stevens online and eating cereal out of mixing bowls. You can follow her onFacebook or Twitter (but she’s really bad at Twitter).

Punny Book Reports

By , Wednesday, 18th January, 2012

The Lion Tamer, by Claud Face

Unexpectedly, by Oliver Sudden

How to Cook Pasta, by Al Dente

Secret Meeting Places, by Ron DeVoo

Kindergarten Skills, by Tyrone Laces

The Tightrope Walker, by Betty Falls

Plumbing Basics, by Rufus Leaking

Heartbeats, by Steffi Scope

Interior Decorating, by Curt Enrod

Dull Razor, by Nick Shaving

The Accused, by Watts E. Dunn

How to Play Poker, by Delia Cards

The Open Window, by Eileen Doubt

Under Arrest, by Hank Uft

The Gardener, by Moses Lawn

How to Spot Fakes, by Artie Fishul

Breakfast Recipes, by Chris P. Bacon

The Bouncing Bullet, by Rick O’Shea

Watch the man turn to the side.

By , Friday, 13th January, 2012

Stare at this picture carefully and see if you can see him turn to the side.

English is Crazy

By , Friday, 13th January, 2012

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.

2) The farm was used to produce produce.

3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

4) We must polish the Polish furniture.

5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.

6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.

8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

10) I did not object to the object.

11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.

13) They were too close to the door to close it.

14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.

15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.

16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear..

19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

Let’s face it – English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren’t invented in England or French fries in France . Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig..

And why is it that writers write but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn’t the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn’t it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.

PS. – Why doesn’t ‘Buick’ rhyme with ‘quick’ ?

You lovers of the English language might enjoy this ..

There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is ‘UP.’

It’s easy to understand 
UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP ?

At a meeting, why does a topic come UP?

Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?
We call UP our friends.

And we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver; we warm UPthe leftovers and clean UP the kitchen.

We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car.

At other times the little word has real special meaning.

People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.

To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special.

A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.

We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.

We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP!

To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look the word UP in the dictionary.

In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4th of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions.

If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many waysUP is used.

It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don’t give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.

When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP.

When the sun comes out we say it is clearingUP.
When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes things 
When it doesn’t rain for awhile, things dry 

One could go on and on, but I’ll wrap it UP,

for now my time is UP,

so…… is time to shut UP!

Now it’s UP to you what you do with this email.

Riddle Me

By , Tuesday, 25th January, 2011

Q – What occurs once in every minute, twice in every moment, yet never in a hundred years?

A – The letter “m”

Love That Counting

By , Friday, 13th August, 2010

Source: Peanuts

Gotta Keep Reading

By , Sunday, 11th July, 2010

This video was created by Ocoee Middle School in the United States (Florida) last December to promote reading. Set to the Black Eyed Peas song I Got A Feeling.


Gotta Keep Reading
Cause this book’s gonna be a good book
Cause this book’s gonna be a good book
Cause this book’s gonna be a good good
book to read
Ooo hoo
Cause this book’s gonna be a good book
Cause this book’s gonna be a good book
Cause this book’s gonna be a good good
book to read
Pick up that book
And turn the page
You’ll never know
Just what you’ll find
Or Fantasy
Drama and Art
All make you smart!
I know that you’ll have a ball
If you turn off the TV and just read them all
Just think, with a book you’ll be so entertained
OMS has the best readers in F.L.A
Fill up my mind
With non fiction
Let’s get the facts
And use them up
Feed your brain
And then we’ll just keep on reading
And reading and reading and reading and reading
And reading and reading
Let’s read it some more
Reading and reading and reading, reading, reading
Keep reading and reading and reading
Gotta Keep Reading
Ooo hoo
Cause this book’s gonna be a good book
Cause this book’s gonna be a good book
Cause this book’s gonna be a good good book to read
Ooo hoo
Cause this book’s gonna be a good book
Cause this book’s gonna be a good book
Cause this book’s gonna be a good good book to read
I got my book!
Do you have yours?
What is the title?
And who’s it by?
Where is it set?
Maybe in Spain?
Is it fiction?
Or is it real?
Will it be happy?
Or maybe sad?
Let’s see what happens
By reading on
Open that book
And have a look
It’s an adventure
So keep on reading that book

Keep reading and reading and reading and reading
And reading and reading
Let’s read it some more
Read it and read it and read it, read it, read it
And read it and read it and read it, read it, read it, read it
Here we come, here we go we gotta read
(read, read, read)
Easy come, easy go, now we can’t stop
Fill that shelf with those books
Way to the top
Round and round
Read those books
Around the clock
Action, Sci-Fi, Humor, Adventure
Biography, Reality, Mystery and Fantasy
Read, read, read, read, read it up
What ever you like
Read those Sunshine States
Take those Reading Counts
Gotta Keep Reading
Ooo hooo
Cause this book’s gonna be a good book
Cause this book’s gonna be a good book
Cause this book’s gonna be a good good book to read
Ooo hoo
Cause this book’s gonna be a good book
Cause this book’s gonna be a good book
Cause this book’s gonna be a good good book!
Ohh hoo..

Source: Youtube, Flash Version, MP4 Version

How to make cleaning up fun

By , Friday, 9th July, 2010

Perhaps this could work at our schools???? Add some sound effects for when people put rubbish in the bins.

Source: Youtube


By , Tuesday, 6th July, 2010

Did you know????

You can re-arrange the letters of


to make


Image: Flickr by teotwawki

New Word: Defenestrate

By , Monday, 26th April, 2010

I learnt a new word:

Defenestrate: to throw something or someone out of a window.

Now, in the past I have wanted to defenestrate a photocopier. What have you wanted to defenestrate?

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