Here are thirteen of my favorite education-related posts from 2006.  This was suggested by aquiram at “Education in the Twenty-First Century” in last week’s Carnival of Education.  It sounded like a good idea.  So here goes:

Perhaps in succeeding weeks I’ll do my thirteen favorite political posts, or my thirteen favorite “that’s my life” posts.  We’ll see.

1.  The Words That Strike Fear in the Hearts of Teachers  – Whether you’re a teacher or not, you might identify with my reaction to these words.  (January 26, 2006)

2.  Getting Whupped! – You never know what children go through at home before coming to school. (February 4, 2006)

3. How Do You Spell “Penis”? – Seems like a perfectly legitimate question for a first grader. (March 18, 2006)

4. A Totally Unscientific and Irrelevant Study of Second and Third Graders’ T-Shirt Slogans – self-descriptive.  They’re funny, cute, obnoxious, and/or puzzling.  (April 20, 2006)

5.  The Truly BEST Reward of Teaching – I’ll never forget Alicia. (May 25, 2006)

6. What Do Principals Look For in a Teacher? - I must’ve been on summer vacation because I didn’t have an educational post in June.  So I choose two posts for May.  Forget all that “philosophy of education” stuff.  In this post I tell what principals REALLY should look for in a teacher  (May 2, 2006)

7. The Writing Workshop and a Gift - I write about a professional development activity that is interesting and helpful!   (July 27, 3006) 

8. A Test for Aging Teachers - Here’s the scene:  You’re in a restaurant and an adult walks up to you and says, “You were my second grade teacher!”  Children change, and you have no idea who it is.  What do you do?  (August 15, 2006)

9.  Recess – Memories of Bygone Times – (September 24, 2006)  Remember recess?  It’s in danger these days.

10.  Did You Really Have to Tell Me That?  (October 10, 2006)  Sometimes kids provide TMI!

11.  Being Evaluated – Is there ANYTHING more Time-Wasting and Aggravating?  – The title says it all.  Thank goodness it’s over with for five years.  (November 4, 2006)

12.  Walking in Memphis – He sounded like Johnny Cash, Looked Like Jerry Springer, and Sang Eric Clapton -  What happens when a group of 10 teachers goes to Memphis for a workshop (December 9, 2006)

13.  And to round out the thirteen, I’ll take a post from November that tells a story I love.  The story comes from my niece who is a teacher, a mom of three and just happens to have a new blog (Sleepless Juggler)   Cows Have Many! – I still chuckle whenever I see that three-word sentence.  (November 25, 2006)


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26 Responses to “Thursday Thirteen – 42nd Edition – My 13 Favorite Education-Related Posts of 2006”

  1. Joan Says:

    When in the world did you have time to write this? I sure did enjoy visiting with you the last two days. I remember most of these posts without looking them back up.

  2. Lyn Says:

    I enjoyed looking back over these posts. I had forgotten #3! What a hoot! I LOVE teaching first graders and hearing the serious questions they ask!

  3. Michelle Says:

    Makes me appreciate a tough job–

  4. Kay Says:

    Wonderful list. I agree with #1.

    Mine’s up! Care to drop by?

  5. Susan Helene Gottfried Says:

    Mom of first-grader here… I totally hear you…

    Happy TT! I’ll have to come back and really check out these links later during the week.

  6. Raggedy Says:

    Great TT….
    Thank you…
    My TT is posted…

  7. sobeit Says:

    Oh my… I will have to come back and visit all them. I loved the one you wrote about the qualities of a good teacher! You might get a kick out of mine this week…..13 things about teacher staff development days!!!
    Happy TT!

  8. alyndabear Says:

    I laughed reading some of those, and stopped to think reading others. I think I’ll have to backtrack to read them in their entirety.

    Great post, from a fellow teacher.

  9. Janet Says:

    ahhhhh, recess. I never did like it too much cause I just wanted to read LOL!

  10. rashenbo Says:

    Lol! Good list… #3 just totally sounds like something my daughter would say/do. Your teacher workshop sounded like a real blast! )

     TMS:  That’s one of the fun things about being with kids so much – they say such TYPICALLY KID things!

  11. beth Says:

    Good list and good idea! :O

  12. Mikala Says:

    Wow…now that was some work. Very neat TT.

    Happy TT!

    I’m up!

  13. Judy Says:

    A great list! I’m a teacher, too, and I’ll look these up–especially #7–the writing workshop. (I teach college composition.)

    TMS: Oh wow!  I’d love to teach college composition.  Maybe.

  14. ms_teacher Says:

    I agree about the qualities of a good teacher. I put so much of myself into teaching when I’m in the classroom that I think it very unfair to expect me to give up who I am outside of it. My own family has to take a priority and to expect anything less from our educators is the wrong message, IMO.

    TMS:  Good for you, ms_teacher.  School does NOT take priority over family.

  15. Di Says:

    I am so afraid to click on the links…fearful that some major parental faux pas will be exposed by a teacher therein!

    TMS:  Never fear, Di – it’s safe to venture into the links.  No parental faux pas.

  16. incog Says:

    Great list!!

  17. Chelle Says:

    I’ll have to go back and read some of those later.

  18. Laquet Says:

    How do you spell penis? ROTFLMAO!! Love it.

    #2 made me wince … have 1 little girl in class who I have major concerns about at this moment. I have reported all incidents to the family worker who is in touch with social services ~ horrible!

    And one of the littlies in class with me has this t-shirt that says “I didn’t ask to be a princess, but if the tiara fits!”

  19. Dolores Says:

    What a wonderful list. As the daughter of two thirty-year high school teachers, the qualities of a good teacher was especially meaningful to me. If the measure of a life well lived is the number of other lives in which you have a positive impact then a good teacher can be quite proud of him/herself.

  20. delightfulduchess Says:

    Great post. A lot of work but I sure did appreciate it!
    Need to print some of these out and post in our teacher workroom.

  21. Cheryl Says:

    Kids these days! I really enjoyed those. )

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  23. amy Says:

    that was a very interesting post and you have a great blog..thanks for sharing this week

  24. Jane Says:

    I enjoyed this T13. I went back and the the ones that I did not remember. All excellent. I still laugh at the “how do you spell penis” question.
    My 13 are posted.

  25. Sparky Duck Says:

    I loved #3 And I really think the only way some kids will know about Recess is from watching the Disney Recess cartoon

  26. Loretta Says:

    Great thirteen and now I’ve got some books to add to my ever growing list of “save for later” at amazon -lol-
    (sorry for the time delay in my link and my comment ~ vmy internet went out … I think I should have done 13 reasons why I need a new ISP!)

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