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Are You Glad Summer Vacation Is Over?


For students and teachers, summer vacation is a reality of life. Students generally can't wait until summer vacation arrives, and yet part way through the summer many are eager for school to start again, for a variety of reasons. Teachers have mixed feelings about summer vacation. It's a welcome relief from the rigors and long hours of the school year. Yet many teachers need to find summer employment, just to make ends meet. Teachers therefore often are very happy to return to the classroom, especially if their summer job is not particularly enjoyable. And parents? They also have mixed thoughts about summer vacation. I'll leave it at that.

Last week's post was some of my favorite memes I've seen lately. I saved some for this week since they are related to summer vacation, mainly from the teacher's point of view. I'm not really sure if these "e-cards" are technically memes, but they're close enough since they involve a picture of some kind and verbiage. The series below starts with the fatigue at the end of the school year and ends with one of the "fun" aspects of each new school year. I hope you enjoy them ... especially you teachers.

May Relaxing Teacher
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Back to School Jokes


Back to school

With Labor Day this coming Monday, almost everyone who is going back to school is either in school already or getting ready to be. We find ourselves asking where the summer went! So here at the beginning of another school year, I am posting several school-related jokes that I have on file.

A student reported for his final exam which consisted of True/False questions.

He took his seat in the examination hall, stared at the test, and then in a bit of inspiration, took a quarter out of his pocket. He started tossing the coin and marking the answer sheet "True" for heads and "False" for tails.

Within 30 minutes he was all done, whereas the rest of the class was still sweating it out. During the last few minutes of the exam period, the student frantically started flipping the coin again.

The moderator, concerned about what he was doing, stopped by his desk and asked if everything was ok.

"Oh yes, I'm fine. I finished the exam a half hour ago, but I'm going back through now and checking my answers!"

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Teacher to class: "Give me a sentence with a direct object."

Student: "Everybody thinks our teacher is beautiful."

Teacher: "Why, thank you. But what is the direct object?"

Student: "A good report card."
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Do You Take Notes?


Taking Notes

When I'm in meetings of various sorts, I often take notes. I guess that's how I ended up being the secretary of the deacons so many years at church. It's probably a hold-over from my student days, but jotting down notes also helps me pay better attention.

This past Sunday morning we saw a news clip about people who doodle as they take notes. If you'd like to see the clip, here's a link to it. I've never been a doodler. I guess my artistic expression shows up in other forms.

I don't usually get to see the notes that my students take in class, but if the following is an accurate reflection, the notes may be full of misunderstandings, missstatements, and wrong conclusions. It could also explain why a student sometimes says, "Well, in my notes I have that you said...." I want to say, "Well, if it's in your notes, I must have said that," with my tongue firmly planted in my cheek. But I don't, being the nice man that I am. 🙂

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When the professor says:

"Probably the greatest quality of the poetry of John Milton, who was born in 1608, is the combination of beauty and power. Few have excelled him in the use of the English language, or for that matter, in lucidity of verse form, 'Paradise Lost' being said to be the greatest single poem ever written."

Student writes: John Milton — born 1608

When the professor says:
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You’ve Gotta Love College Students!


I'm convinced that being with college students keeps us teachers young. The things they come up with can be so funny! And you have to stay up on current trends and culture to try to relate as much as possible. I told my students recently that I feel like a college student trapped in a senior citizen's body. One thing that is amazing to me, though, is how much younger they're making adults these days!

With those thoughts in mind, today I'm posting some funny things about college students.

There is almost more truth than humor in the following cartoon. College is where you either begin to learn or get reminded of the fact that you cannot have it all in life.

In my files I found a list of ways you can know whether you are a college student:

You might be a college student if...
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Back-to-School Books


What images do "back-to-school" and "books" bring to your mind? As a child, I was fairly nerdy, I guess, because I loved everything about going back to school — the smells of new pencils and erasers, covering my books, new clothes because I'd gotten several inches taller over the summer, seeing friends I'd missed all summer, etc. Our grandson Drew is very excited to be starting school for the first time. He will be going to K-4 one morning a week this year. We're eager to hear how he likes it.

picture of a book and an ebook

Do you love books? We do in our house. This summer I finally got the iPad2 I had been wanting so much. One of the many things I enjoy doing on it is reading books. I can check books out of our public library with an app called Overdrive. But there are also many ebooks available (is that an understatement?!). The Project Gutenberg offers over 36,000 free downloadable ebooks. I don't know if it's the novelty or the convenience, but I've probably done much more reading since acquiring my iPad. I'm sure many of my readers use eReaders of one sort or another. If so, please comment on your preferences.

Today's iv has two parts, a few good quotations I've accumulated about books and reading, followed by a short list of fictitious books about going back to school, for your amusement.

"The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them." — attributed to Mark Twain

"There's nothing to match curling up with a good book when there's a repair job to be done around the house." — Joe Ryan

"Books had instant replay long before televised sports." — Bern Williams
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