Chatboards
Mailrings
Classifieds
Lessons
Jobs
Harry Wong
Projects
Live!
Gazette
Advertise
SUBSCRIBE | SUBMIT
Jan 2017
Vol 14 No 1
BACK ISSUES


My Classroom Wall

By Humorist John P. Wood
 

www.learninglaffs.com


Everybody wants a piece of my classroom wall. Every time I go to a meeting, every time I go to a workshop, every time I read my mail, someone tells me about another important thing that I should have posted in my classroom.

It started with our school and district mission statements. I was told that laminated copies of each needed to adorn the walls of my classroom and that officials from the district office would check to see if I was in or out of compliance.

Then I was told that Howard Gardner’s “Multiple Intelligences,” were important, but that “Bloom’s Taxonomy,” was too. Then the Meyers-Briggs learning styles went up too. Then my principal told me that I had to have the state standards posted in my room. And she insisted that I post the benchmarks too. Then some outside expert told us that we all need to post our classroom rules and he told us how they should be posted.

Then my principal returned from a meeting and we were told to post our course maps and each of our individual unit maps and then she told us to post every rubric that we will use this year.

So, just to save time, I decided to go ahead and post everything I could think of and just get it over with. I posted my resume and three letters of recommendation for my present teaching job. I posted my contact information – including my home phone number and e-mail address – and I posted the best time to contact me. I posted the school calendar for the year with an outline of what we will be studying each week until the end of the year. I regularly post the school’s daily announcements and each of my assignments.

I also posted the pages of our school’s Rights and Responsibilities book and the school’s course registration manual. I posted the school Internet policy and the rules for field trips. I added the school weapons policy and the one about harassment too. Then I just went ahead and posted every school district policy I could get my hands on. I posted the FAQs pages from the district website and the minutes from all of the school board meetings over the past ten years. I covered every square inch of my classroom walls.

And you know what? Out of all the interesting matter posted in my room, the students seem to notice only one item. They never ask me about anything else in the room. They only ask me about that one item, and they ask me about it frequently. It’s a receipt from the store. I accidentally attached it to another piece of paper in a fit of staples and tape one crazy posting afternoon.

“Hey, Mr. Phillips, why do you shop at Target?”

“What kind of shampoo is it that you bought that day?”

“Can you take me to Target, Mr. Phillips, the next time you go?”

I thought about taking the receipt down, but it provides the only sign that students actually read what I post on the walls. And I’m hoping that it means that they are reading the rest of the stuff too. But, then again, maybe not.

“Hey, Mr. Phillips, when are you going to post your next receipt?”

 

 



Comment on this article...

Next Article...
 
This entry was posted on Friday, April 1st, 2011 and is filed under *ISSUES, April 2011, John P. Wood. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.
Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.8 No.4 April 2011

Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching
How to Be an Effective Leader
Principal Judy Jones turned an academically unacceptable school into an exemplary school in just one year.


Cover Story by Alan Haskvitz
I'm Sorry I'm a Teacher
I honestly didn't mean to place so many states in danger of going bankrupt.

Articles
»At-Risk Kids: Cultural Bias is Part of Our CultureBill Page
»Earth Day, Ecology Theme Lessons, ActivitiesTeachers.Net Community
»Earth Day Ideas - Karen's PreK PageKaren Cox
»Earth Science Teaching Plans and Classroom ActivitiesNews Desk
»Great Site: EPA - Cleaning Up Our Land, Water and AirNews Desk
»MORE Earth Day Lessons, PrintablesTeachers.Net Resources
»12 Ways to Motivate Reluctant ReadersLaura Candler
»Making the GradeTodd Nelson
»12 Surefire Ways to Remember VocabularySusan Fitzell
»Music Makes Kids Smarter - Prove Me Wrong!Sharon Burch
»Obesity, Grammar, Curriculum and 2 More! Sites for Busy EducatorsMarjan Glavac
»How to Encourage Children to ReadElisabeth Greenfield
»BUSTED: Myths Exposed for New Teachers - Myth #1: The Way We've Always Done It Is BestBetsy Weigle
»School Counselor on Tattling Versus ReportingLeah Davies
»5 Ways to Bounce Back After a Bad DayMike Reading
»"Pitch & Shout" Instruction Method Really WorksBill Page
»April Writing Prompts - Fun and Interesting!James Wayne
»Mother's Day Gifts and ActivitiesTeachers.Net Resources
»Motivating the Reluctant LearnerDarren Barkett
»Math Stations Using Plastic Eggs!Heidi Samuelson
»Featured Recipes: French Toast CasserolesNews Desk
»Boomwhackers in Music ClassTeachers.Net Community
»My Classroom WallHumorist John P. Wood
»Quotes for Educators - Apple Seeds of InspirationBarb Stutesman
»April is... Special!Ron Victoria
»Substitute Teaching A - ZTeachers.Net Resources
»TMA Offers $5,000 Cash Prize to Outstanding TeachersNews Desk
»Edutools for e-Learning CommunityNews Desk
»FREE Printables for PreK - 12 TeachersTeachers.Net Community
»Printables for preK - 12 TeachersTeachers.Net Resources
»March Wind Science - Karen's PreK PageKaren Cox
»Links & LikesNews Desk

By State
AL   AK   AZ   AR   CA   CO   CT   DE   DC   FL   GA   HI   ID   IL   IN   IA   KS   KY   LA    ME   MD   MA   MI   MN   MS   MO   MT   NE   NV   NH   NJ   NM   NY   NC   ND   OH   OK   OR   PA   RI   SC   SD   TN   TX   UT   VT     VA   WA   WV   WI   WY