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Advice for a manly classroom

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shahan Jan 14, 2013. 10 Replies

Hi everyone. I'm beginning my career as a teacher this year and I was considering ways to incorporate some of the classical manliness that we all know and love into my classroom's look and setup. I'm…Continue

A sad day at the barber shop

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Jan 13, 2013. 8 Replies

The other day I was getting a shave and a haircut at my local barber shop when I got some saddening news.  The barber I've been going to is retiring and moving down to Fl.  He's certainly earned it.…Continue

 

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Shahan replied to John Opalenik's discussion Advice for a manly classroom
"Vintage stuff to have on your desk:  Pen-caddy with pencils. An eraser, a sharpener.  A green glass banker's lamp.  A typewriter. (depending on how old your students are, chances are, they've never seen one).  A…"
Jan 14, 2013
Brown Fox replied to John Opalenik's discussion Advice for a manly classroom
""The best teachers teach themselves." I'm a high school science teacher near retirement. After many years of teaching, I am so in love with my room, that I refused to move to a new classroom that was larger and better equiped.…"
Jan 13, 2013
Larry replied to John Opalenik's discussion A sad day at the barber shop
"KUDOS to Karl, for having the barbershop KUDOS to you, John, for sharing this with us. I'm sure you told Karl, how much you appreciated him! I second the motion that the assholes who purposely get themselves cut, to file a lawsuit, need to be…"
Jan 13, 2013
Shahan replied to John Opalenik's discussion A sad day at the barber shop
"They ain't called "cutthroat" razors for nothing. You CAN kill someone with one of those if you want to. And it's not hard to do it. One misjudged movement and some sue-happy sucker is likely to be dying of hardcore blood-loss if…"
Jan 13, 2013
John Opalenik replied to D.J.'s discussion Hot Sauce
"After going to southern California I will acknowledge that it isn't authentic Mexican food, but it's closer than anything else you'll find east of the Rockies.  Also it's right near the beach and a great used book store so…"
Jan 13, 2013
John Opalenik replied to John Opalenik's discussion A sad day at the barber shop
"I know what you mean.  When he told me that my first thought was, "What kind of moron risks cutting their throat for any amount of money?"   "
Jan 13, 2013
Shahan replied to John Opalenik's discussion A sad day at the barber shop
"Anyone who deliberately screws up a barber's straight-shave just to sue him, should be bitch-slapped in public during the town lunch-hour, in the middle of the main street.  A skill like that deserves respect. And should not be exploited.…"
Jan 13, 2013
John Opalenik replied to Karl Helweg's discussion If a teen asked you about joining the military what would you recommend?
"I get this question from a lot of my teen students at the karate class I teach on the side.  As always, it depends on the person asking but my general beliefs are as follows... Make your pursuit in life whatever you feel you can best serve…"
Jan 12, 2013
John Opalenik replied to D.J.'s discussion Hot Sauce
"While most of you probably wont have the chance to try it I've got to share.  The home made hot sauce at East Coast Taco in Niantic CT is in my opintion, as hot as a sauce can get and still taste good.  East Coast Taco makes a bunch…"
Jan 12, 2013
John Opalenik replied to John Opalenik's discussion Advice for a manly classroom
"Thanks for the suggestions.  Here are some answers to questions in this thread... I'll be teaching 5th grade.  Basically the point is partly aesthetic and partly my belief that "aw that's cute" shouldn't be the…"
Jan 12, 2013
Vytautas replied to John Opalenik's discussion Advice for a manly classroom
"Photos of only famous men would be really prejudicial to the contributions of women to all manner of subjects and furthermore could be tacitly detrimental to open discussion. I wouldn't recommend that at all. Otherwise, it sounds like you want…"
Jan 12, 2013
Dale replied to John Opalenik's discussion Advice for a manly classroom
"John, Just be a teacher. Decorate the class according to what a teacher would decorate it -- not whether manly or feminine. If its math class, put up some numbers. If its social studies put up posters of presidents. If it is language arts put up…"
Jan 11, 2013
Will replied to John Opalenik's discussion Advice for a manly classroom
"My classroom is already about as manly as it can be, since I'm in it! But anyway... What is it you're trying to achieve here?  It seems it's the look of the classroom, just for aesthetic reasons, right?  But shouldn't…"
Jan 11, 2013
Penelope replied to John Opalenik's discussion Advice for a manly classroom
"The second-most-manly-man I know has 2 wood fiber [you know, actual book] dictionaries in his classroom and a picture of Abraham Lincoln. He might also have a quote from an old ad for jeans about the excitement of studying history. I know he used to…"
Jan 11, 2013
D.J. replied to John Opalenik's discussion Advice for a manly classroom
"Busts of classical people. Can't go wrong with George Washington, Aristotle/Plato/Socrates, Abraham Lincoln, or any ancient Roman dude (think Caesar). Maybe you could go for manly motivational posters (Brett published an article not too long…"
Jan 11, 2013
Paul_of_TX replied to John Opalenik's discussion Advice for a manly classroom
"You could put up a few Da Vinci drawings or sketches. Do a google search and see what looks interesting. He has a broad range of drawings from artistic, to nature, to machinery."
Jan 11, 2013

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