This fall, as a full-time high-school English teacher, I have

  • given my first detention ever in my entire teaching career
  • written individual progress reports on 64 students, all of whom will be staying with me until the end of the year
  • met more parents of students than in all my previous 15-odd years of teaching combined
  • shown the vegetable Oedipus, but turned down the sound for the scene in which potato Oedipus and tomato Jocasta consummate their marriage

And now I am about to experience another first:  I have just assigned a PowerPoint presentation as a graded assignment.

Really not in Kansas anymore.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Too funny! (although that sex scene is pretty darned sexy — did you get lots of snickers?) How about assigning them Tom Lehrer’s “Oedipus Rex”? (“And he looooved his mother”)?

    How about this for not in Kansas — one of my colleagues has just learned the hard way to specify “no glitter” on one of her biology assignments.


  2. Posted by meansomething on November 16, 2008 at 5:38 am

    On the big screen, it looked fairly fuzzy, but yes, we did get snickers. Tom Lehrer would be great! (Also, the vegetable Oedipus is not really all that accurate: for example, Jocasta leaps to her death, landing with a rich tomato splat, instead of strangling herself.)

    No glitter: tee hee!


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