Grading for Dummies, or A Confederacy of Rubrics

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Dressed in a three-piece, charcoal gray pinstriped suit, Rex Kane squirmed in his chair at the head of the table. He fidgeted restlessly with the bold red silk tie he had chosen in the belief that it lent him an air of credibility. Before him sat Bedlam Christian High School’s curriculum committee, an august group […]

Something Wiki This Way Comes, or Muted Expectations

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“I’ve just about had it up to here with that old barnacle-busting, antique, glutinously oblivious, ancient, parrot-faced gnome who runs this school!” proclaimed Rex Kane as he entered the staff room at Bedlam Christian School and dropped into a chair. “He wouldn’t recognize progress if it ran over his cat with a steamroller!” Cal VanderMeer […]

Outside of a Dog, a Book Review is a Teacher’s Best Friend; Inside of a Dog, It’s Too Dark to Read— Or: So Many Book Recommendations So Little Time

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Jan Karsvlaam recently took a hiatus from teaching seventh grade science at Terra Ceia Christian School in Pantego, North Carolina after an experiment using lard to teach students about the insulating properties of whale blubber resulted in the largest lard fight the state has ever known. Karsvlaam is reportedly applying to be assistant principal in […]

Just Desserts, or Crime and … Restorative Justice?

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For our newer readers: “Slouching toward Bedlam” is a fictional column written by an imaginary columnist, Jan Karsvlaam. Bedlam Christian School is a lot like the school where you teach. The teachers you will find here are much like your own colleagues (and perhaps like you, too). To join in the fun, just read along. […]

It’s a Pun-der-ful Life—Or: Puns Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest

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Jan Kaarsvlam has been teaching sixth grade at Ripon Christian School, but is on an extended leave since finding out that he has contracted F.B.C.A.S. (Facebook Community Addiction Syndrome) To learn more about his desperate struggle against this debilitating disease, check out Jan’s Facebook page. “I’m not doing it!” Jon Kleinhut, the school librarian, leaned […]

Success Wars, or The Shop Teacher Strikes Back

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Slouching toward Bedlam is the continuing story of a Christian school just like yours, only more so. We invite you to join their story and follow the characters from issue to issue and they grapple with the issues, problems, and triumphs at Bedlam Christian. It is written by Jan Karsvlaam, a retired Christian School teacher […]

When to Read, When Not to Read . . . That Is the Question, or Robin Williams Ruined a Generation of Teachers?

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From: principal.vanderhaar@bchs.org Sent: 4/18/2011 10:48 AM To: wordnerd42@aol.com (Christina Lopez) Ms. Lopez, I am wondering if you would be willing to make a presentation for our April 22 in-service. I think you would be the perfect speaker to address how teachers can improve “professionally” by reading in their field while managing the “busy-ness” that comes […]