You just never know how my students are going to react. The new semester began this past week, and I have two completely new sets of senior English students to deal with and hybrid speech class of holdovers and newcomers. I like the freshness of two new classes – especially since this is the final … Continue reading Kids these days
Tag: view from the front of the class
Your word of the day, as it was for my two senior English classes on Friday, is 'nomophobia.' Nomophobia is the fear of not having mobile phone connectivity. Though I am no clinician or diagnostician, I am a high school English teacher. My students are indeed afflicted with nomophobia; you would think, sans their phones, … Continue reading “E.T. phoooooooone hooooome….”
A rip-roaring morning start to a pretty good all-around day in room 261 Start of second period, first class of the day. Bell has rung, my senior English students are working on their daily ‘Do Now’ journal. The lights are off (as usual) so they can see the on-screen writing prompt. I am standing behind … Continue reading Erudite
Regular visitors to this spot have likely heard me state that, in my life as a New Orleans high school teacher I encounter “More flavors of stupid than Baskin-Robbins has ice cream.” Today was a double-dip. The fun stated near the end of my third-period senior English class. At my classroom door was a guy … Continue reading Dim bulbs
If you are a high school sophomore, soon-to-be-a-but-probably-not-yet junior, and you bring a water gun (‘squirt gun' in Mr. Lucker’s youthful vernacular) into Mr. Lucker’s classroom on the last day of class, and Mr. Lucker watches you (pseudo surreptitiously) fill said squirt-gun from a water bottle, he will wait until you have jussssst about finished reloading … Continue reading Lessons Learned in Mr. Lucker’s Class on the Last Day of School
We recently had an extended homeroom (two hours with fifteen juniors I usually only see twenty minutes a day) while we coded in bubbles on ACT test forms for testing later this month. (Not as easy as you might think: between college locales to send scores to and a career interest survey plus all the … Continue reading Homeroom Homeruns
January is a good time to be a teacher in New Orleans; you have the first half of the year behind you, you are (hopefully) refreshed from your two-week hiatus, and you have a Monday holiday the second week back. Add in a week-long Mardi Gras break for early February (this year, anyway) and spring … Continue reading January in toto; so far, so…good grief.