02 December 2005

Calling All Dogs and Ponies

Halfway through my class on Wednesday, there was a knock at my door. A colleague from Curriculum had a group of teachers with her and they were supposed to observe a teacher in another department. Only that teacher happened to be absent. Could they come into my room instead.

"Sure," I said, "But there's no dog and pony show today."

My friend scurried away to get her group. In the meantime, one of my kids asked me, "Did you just call us 'dogs'?"

Poor things. I had to explain that I was the "dog and pony show."

With our regular shortened period yesterday, and snow shortened period today, I have been force-feeding information to them. It reminds me of that Saturday Night Live skit where the people are at the "all you can eat" buffet. One guy tries to leave and the waiter explains that "It's not all you want to eat. It's all you can eat." In the background, waiters are shoving food in customers' faces. Well, the last few days in my class have been similar to that.

I will be out of the building on Monday and Tuesday, leaving them plenty of time for reflection and application...and then we'll get back in sync on Wednesday. I hope. I gotta get my dogs and ponies back in the ring with me again.

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