Best Covid Clothes for Back-to-School

Best Covid Clothes for Back-to-School

Your Covid Back-to-School Clothes Guide It's the height of Back to School shopping season. This is the time of year most teachers abuse their credit cards stocking up for the classroom. Today, I want to talk about fashion, because it's usually the time you'd get an...

Peanut Kid and Pascal Want You To Wear a Mask

Peanut Kid and Pascal Want You To Wear a Mask

We all pitched in for Peanut Kid "I want a peanut butter sandwich."  That's all Declan would eat for lunch and most dinners: peanut butter. There was no use arguing, sitting him down, reading another child psychology book, and saving the food until it turned green or...

They Won’t Steal THESE Pens!

They Won’t Steal THESE Pens!

"You got a pen?" I taught for 18 years and lost about a million pens. I was mystified--even before the Digital Age, no one thought they should bring a pen? Ever. Not even during exam season. "I have my pen." That sounds nicer than "No."  I always struggled to keep...

The Tampon Drawer (for middle and high school teachers)

The Tampon Drawer (for middle and high school teachers)

Tampons--never discussed, but central to middle and high school life. Tampons are no joke, unless you're a middle school boy. Then, they're hilarious. I've seen boys take girls' purses and backpacks, wave them around, "You've got your period!" Many of high school...

Be Your Own Barista Series: Introduction to Good Coffee

Be Your Own Barista Series: Introduction to Good Coffee

Schools don't have baristas. I made this abundantly clear in Don't Sniff the Glue, A Teacher's Misadventures in Education Reform. Since the writing of that book, we got things like Postmates, Uber Eats, and other companies that'll specifically bring you coffee. They...

Be Your Own Barista Series: The French Press

Be Your Own Barista Series: The French Press

Need a simple, fast, high-quality cup of coffee or tea? Get a French Press. The French press is easy. Unlike its regional cousins the Vietnamese coffee and the Japanese-style pour over coffee you can get a great cup of coffee in six minutes or less. [recipe...

Be Your Own Barista Series: Pour Over Coffee

Be Your Own Barista Series: Pour Over Coffee

Working on enlightenment? Try pour-over style coffee. If you want to reach enlightenment and drink coffee at the same time, Japanese pour over coffee is the way get there. You could spend a lifetime trying to master the perfect cup of coffee and it'd bring you here....