What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stranger

Deafening Distraction August 3, 2018

Filed under: Starting Off Strange — meganorussell @ 11:30 am
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I’m a pretty epic multitasker. I think it comes from my elementary school days. According to my mother, that school district would take every new educational concept that had been rejected in California and use it on my school.

One of those grand ideas was an open floor plan for the school. We had rib-high walls separating the classrooms. Yep. Hundreds of small children. No real walls.

I learned to read while hearing the teacher next door teach math. I learned about science while kids fifteen feet from me sang songs about history. There was never ever quiet.

Silent reading time only meant our class wasn’t allowed to talk. The classrooms on either side of us were still going full tilt. (more…)


How to Succeed in Guilting Tweens Without Really Trying January 8, 2014

Sometimes I teach dance. I know the concept of me teaching is a very scary thing, but it has been known to happen. I taught at one camp where my whole job was to teach each group of kids one number.  Each child only had to learn one measly stinkin’ number, and this one group of tween girls wouldn’t learn it. They said they couldn’t learn it, but really they were too busy trying to flirt with the gay boys. (more…)