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Category Archives: Nonsense

Just Poetry

Sometimes I write bad poetry – here are samples from the past few years Sub Duties Subbed a class today where I bribed the students with a vat of bacon … Continue reading


The Tyranny of “Nice”

“Wait, how do you know Marta? She was never in your class?” This might be one of the most common questions I get when in conversation about my profession. I’d have … Continue reading


Happy 5th Birthday!

Five years ago I started my Pandora station [LINK] Seed Songs – There are 51 “seed” songs 1st song =  “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus NOTE – only seed … Continue reading


The Elements Song

From Wikipedia: “The Elements” is a song by musical humorist and lecturer Tom Lehrer, which recites the names of all the chemical elements known at the time of writing, up … Continue reading


Chemistry Lab Carol

Silent Night Silent lab, difficult lab We’re not calm, we’re not bright Round the lab table confused and alone Please, dear teacher, please throw us a bone We confess mistakes … Continue reading


My Music

My students know that I play music in my classroom – it’s probably one of my defining characteristics as a high-school teacher. (I am a bit sad writing this…) I … Continue reading



On most days I feel as though I am a complete idiot. This is not because I don’t know “stuff” or because I don’t occasionally have success at my chosen … Continue reading


Hall of Fame

I remember the first chemistry class I ever taught. I remember so many details that it would shock my family, as I am regularly accused of forgetting almost any detail … Continue reading



Today marks the 66th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s debut in Major League Baseball on April 15, 1947. The remembrance of this moment in baseball might be the single best decision made in … Continue reading


Stuff Overheard

I am the captain of my data! Nothing is stopping you from being great! This stapler is my favorite object The more you tell me that you don’t understand this … Continue reading