Are Teachers Bound by the Geneva Convention?

Posted Apr 18 2009 in

Sixth Grade at Franklin Elementary School was taught by Mrs. Oswalt and Miss White. Mrs. Oswalt’s specialty was Math, Miss White’s English. They both specialized in paddling. I understand that kids this age are difficult to control – they’re mouthy, resentful of authority, and so distracted by budding hormones it’s a wonder anyone teaches them […]

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Butterflies are Free

Posted Apr 9 2009 in

Mrs. Cody, who taught the other fourth grade class, was all about science, so in the fall when one of the kids brought in a cocoon attached to a twig, she happily gave it a place of honor in an open terrarium in the back of her classroom. All winter they bragged about how their […]

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An Elementary Retrospective – The Day John Kennedy Died

Posted Apr 8 2009 in

Grade: Fourth Teacher: Mrs. Ernst A couple of memorable things happened when I was in the fourth grade. One of them you already know about, the other, I’m pretty sure not. On November 22, 1963, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, was assassinated. It is one of the three events in U.S. […]

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And the Answer Is

Posted Apr 7 2009 in

Top row, second from the left (not counting the teacher). The dog in Karen McCoy’s lap is Frankie, our mascot. After pulling Karen’s name from the ether, I went through and realized I can still name all the little girls, and all but one of the boys. Is there someplace I can sign up to […]

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An Elementary Retrospective – Third Grade

Posted Apr 6 2009 in

Third Grade Teacher: Mrs. Saylor Can you pick out which urchin is me? Leave your guesses in the comments (no cheating by family members, please) and I’ll post the answer tomorrow. (Oops. Guess giving you something better than a raisin to compare to would help!)

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An Elementary Retrospective – Second Grade

Posted Apr 1 2009 in

Teacher: Mrs. Young In second grade, there was a lot of focus on learning to print neatly. Mrs. Young would hand out paper and then dictate sentences for us to copy down. The paper consisted of grayish sheets containing visible splinters of wood, striped in alternating solid and dotted blue lines. I routinely flunked this […]

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An Elementary Retrospective – First Grade

Posted Mar 30 2009 in

First Grade Teacher: Mrs. Floyd. I can still remember going home for lunch the first day, over the top excited because I’d learned to read the word “Oh.” And getting kept after school that afternoon for talking. Mrs. Floyd was also big on punctuality. I always got to school on time, Mom saw to that, […]

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An Elementary Retrospective – Kindergarten

Posted Mar 27 2009 in

F! E! S! Let’s go! This was the cheer for Franklin Elementary, the school I attended from Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. When I first started going there, our mascot was a bulldog. Then, for some reason – because another school had first dibbs maybe? – we got a new mascot. The collie. If this doesn’t […]

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