Teacher Lets Bullied Student Shave Her Head as a Show of Solidarity

May 21, 2015


A wonderful gesture. I hope it has just as much impact on the teaser than it has on her teased student:


Teachers routinely go above and beyond expectations. They arrive at school early, stay late and often pay for supplies from their own pocket book, among many other things. But few would let their students shave their heads.

On Monday, Tori Nelson struck a deal with one of her fourth-grade students in Winlock, Washington: He could shear off her short, blonde locks but only if he would take off his hat, which the school prohibited, and finally come to class.



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Teacher Demonstrates the Importance of Life by Eating a Live Hamster

May 20, 2015


I am not sure you can get any positive message out of barbarism:


A teacher decided to give his pupils an extracirrcular lesson recently, by allegedly eating a live hamster in front of them.

Police are investigating the teacher, identified only as Yu, who reportedly gave the little rodent his grisly end to show the pupils in his South Korean classroom ‘how dear life is’.

The class he was teaching at a boarding school in Jeongeup, North Jeolla Province were reportedly teasing hamsters, causing him to take the drastic (and, let’s be honest, over the top) method of teaching them a lesson.

Yu is also accused of using abusive language in front of the seven children who claim to have witnessed the gruesome act.

He has since left the school following complaints from several parents and other members of staff.

Some parents have filed a complaint with the police, claiming that Yu’s actions were a form of child abuse.

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How a Teacher Shouldn’t Stop a Fight (Video)

May 19, 2015



As discussed before, it is very hard to stop a student fight effectively. On one hand you cannot pin the arms of an aggressive student and on the other you can’t allow a fight to continue without making every effort to put a stop to it.

However, one doesn’t need to be an expert to work out that this isn’t the right way of going about it:


This video shows the shocking moment that a schoolteacher took off his belt and started whipping a group of pupils to stop them fighting.

In the brutal footage, which was posted on LiveLeak, a group of children can be heard screaming as the teacher rushes over and starts to whip the boys with his belt.

And as nervous pupils rush out of the way, one can be seen peering at the camera with a terrified look on her face.



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Inspiring Act by Professor Goes Viral

May 18, 2015



One of my university professors did the very same thing, and I count it as one one of the most inspiring things I encountered at Uni:


With one simple gesture, Hebrew University Professor Sydney Engelberg became an champion for parents pursuing higher education.

On May 11, Engelberg’s daughter Sarit Fishbaine shared a photo on Facebook that shows her father holding a baby while conducting a lecture. She explains in the caption that during her father’s organizational behavior class, a student’s baby began to cry, and when the mother got up to leave, Engelberg didn’t hesitate to take the infant into his arms and soothe it. He then “continued the class as if nothing had happened,” she wrote.


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Every Good Teacher Should be Allowed to Make a Mistake

May 17, 2015



Firing a good teacher for one act of so-called “public humiliation” doesn’t seem particularly fair. It is very difficult to tame a student who is actively making the lives of other students unbearable. Whilst I wouldn’t have tackled the problem in that way, I hardly see it as a sackable offense:


A beloved Ohio elementary school teacher has been fired for ‘public humiliation’ after she said she asked a child to consider how his bullying was affecting his peers. 

Nicole LeMire approached the boy last month after she said she learned he was blowing mucus on other children, using inappropriate language and had pushed another boy to the ground.

LeMire said she merely asked the boy ‘Do you know how your actions and your words are hurting other students and your friends?’ she told NBC 4i.

She was placed on paid administrative leave at Glen Oak Elementary School, in Delaware County, just days later and was told she was under investigation for ‘publicly humiliating’ a student. 

LeMire was fired with a 3-1 vote on Thursday at an Olentangy Schools board meeting that was packed with her supporters.

The board’s official resolution claimed that LeMire had asked her class to take turns discussing how the student in question, referred to as ‘Student A’, had ‘acted badly, violated rules, or insulted them, and/or why Student A was annoying or had no friends’. 

‘Ms LeMire required Student A to listen to classmates’ complaints and refused to allow him to respond or defend himself against potentially embellished complaints’, the resolution said. 

During the three-hour board meeting a number of fellow teachers and students, past and present, spoke in defense of LeMire, who has been teaching for 14 years.

Marsha Seymour, LeMire’s friend and colleague, called her a ‘natural-born educator’.

‘She truly has the child’s best interest in mind, no matter what,’ she said. 

One student said LeMire was ‘the most impactful teacher that I’ve had’.  

After the vote was announced many students, and even parents, were left in tears. 

One father yelled at the board, ‘You are fired. Every one of you’, while a mother comforted her daughter with a kiss on the head. 

Another mother screamed at the board, ‘You won’t even support the good teachers, that’s disgusting. I’m embarrassed to live in this district.’ 

LeMire said she has hired a lawyer and plans to pursue legal action.  

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50 Shades of Stupidity

May 16, 2015

60 shades of grey-classroom

I am all for expanding the cinematic horizons for my students, but 50 Shades of Grey? Really?

A US high school teacher could face disciplinary action after allowing her students to watch Fifty Shades of Grey in class.

The teacher, who claims not to have known about the sexual nature of the film, let her Hampshire County students choose a movie to watch as a reward for their hard work.

The screening was interrupted after ten minutes when the assistant principal walked past the classroom and recognised the film.

The principal, Jeff Woofter, said school policy prohibited students from watching any sexual movies in class.

“I will say it was an extreme lack of judgement from an otherwise very capable teacher,” Mr Woofter said.

“The teacher didn’t do a background check on the movie or even ask about it.”

Is This a Case of Teacher Bullying?

May 14, 2015






Do you regard this as a case of bullying or bad judgement?

Either way, there had to be some consequences:


A township teacher who lost her tenured position and whose teaching license was suspended after she made fun of a curse word in a student’s name has lost her appeal.

Yvette Nichols had appealed an October decision by the state licensing agency for teachers — the Board of Examiners — suspending her teaching certificate for a year for posting a screenshot on Facebook of an assignment a student had completed, which instructed students to “practice writing my name the kindergarten way.” Nichols’ Facebook post, however, focused on the curse word in the student’s name.

The decision does not specify what the student’s name was, or what curse word it contained.

“The student’s name contained a curse word and Nichols allegedly posted ‘I want to ask the parents if I can change it’ and ‘I still can’t get over the student’s name!'” the decision said. “In response to others’ comments about the name, Nichols allegedly wrote ‘How do you think I feel when I have to address him???? I literally can’t stop laughing! I have to go all year with this’—!!!'”

According to the Board of Examiners, the school district investigated the allegations and determined Nichols had violated the district’s harassment, intimidation and bullying policy. Nichols later resigned from her position, but she denied bullying the student.

Nichols, in her previous statements, said her comments were immature and inappropriate, but not a reason to lose her license permanently. Nichols, who said she was remorseful over the incident, also told the board “the curse word in the name was the target of the Facebook post, not the child himself.”

Nichols, who is a single parent, told the board she was under significant stress at the time due to a recent divorce, and because she was “struggling with diabetes.”

The board agreed not to revoke Nichols’ teaching certificates permanently, instead ordering a one-year suspension of them because she had “fully accepted responsibility for her actions.”

In her appeal, Nichols argued that her comments did not “rise to the level of conduct necessary to suspend her certificates because they do not make her unfit to be a school teacher.”

She also proposed that if the suspension of her teaching certificate was upheld “it should be retroactive to one of the following dates: the date when (she) resigned as a teacher with the district; the date when the board issued the order to show cause; or the date when the board voted to suspend her certificates.”

The Board of Examiners rejected Nichols’ argument, saying, “There is nothing in the record to suggest that the Board’s decision was arbitrary, capricious or unreasonable, and as a result the (Department of Education) Commissioner finds no basis upon which to disturb the decision of the state Board of Examiners.”



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Colorblind Father Sees The Colors Of His Kids’ Eyes For First Time (Video)

May 13, 2015



Simply heartwarming!


Why Teaching May Be For You (Video)

May 12, 2015



I have long argued that teaching is a far more exciting and rewarding profession than is often reported. I am a big fan of efforts such as this one to promote teaching.




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You Can Blame Me for My Students’ Standardized Test Scores

May 10, 2015



On Tuesday my students begin their arduous week long testing regime. I hope they do well, but if they don’t you can pin the blame on me.


And while you’re at it …


  • You can blame me for running a happy and vibrant classroom
  • You can blame me for teaching to the curriculum instead of the test
  • You can blame me for challenging the achievers and assisting the strugglers
  • You can blame me for replacing any hint of bullying with unity and comoraderie
  • You can blame me for turning pressure and anxiety into confidence and determination
  • You can blame me for putting learning into perspective
  • You can blame me for regarding character and values as more important than test scores


So go ahead. Blame away!



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