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T-37: In a Row?

March 1, 2013

Thirty-seven is my current age, and roughly the number of weeks I work per year. It’s March now; only three months of school remain. The next two weeks are the glory that is the state test. Teachers can never know how well they have prepared their students for it , but I have a feeling they’ll do their best– for me. I could be wrong, but it seems self-evident that students will perform better for a teacher they like.

I’ve known teachers who say it doesn’t matter if students like them, only if students respect them. I don’t buy that. Respect without some degree of affection or appreciation is merely fear. You always walk the thin line of being friendly, but not a friend; still, if you want them to care, they need to know you care.

Today I learnedthat small battery-powered devices can make you sneeze on demand.

And I close with the best cinematic reference to the number 37. Definitely adult content:

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 1, 2013 11:42 pm

    I am glad I was able to teach you something today.

  2. March 2, 2013 1:33 am

    You don’t want them to like you. Next thing you know they are smiling and then you have to smile back. Then they start following you around, sticking to your shoes…no, reign with fear and domination. It’s the only way!

  3. March 2, 2013 2:08 am

    Clerks is one of my favorite movies :)

    You are so right about students liking their teachers, Jason. And I imagine your students love you :)

  4. March 2, 2013 6:25 am

    The male customer seems ready to be impressed if the chick had sucked 37 ducks in a row! I think I will have to rent this movie! I believe kids definitely want to work harder for a teacher they like, because they want to impres them & gain favor.

  5. March 2, 2013 6:45 am

    Agreed, I think it’s definitely a plus if the students actually LIKE the teacher. No one wants to work hard for a teacher they can’t stand. ;)
    Oh, and I applaud you for doing the bullet thing AND letting your picture be taken…lol.

  6. March 3, 2013 4:08 am

    State tests . . . yeah. I’m prepping my Algebra 1 kids for that all this week, then testing the week after. Never mind that the test was designed for a Junior who’s in Geometry. I’m so grateful that the “Smarter Balanced” (that doesn’t even SOUND intelligent) tests are looming on the educational horizon.

    Want to find 37 dicks in a row? Go down to Salem, or Washington DC.

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