Things That Scare Me

Mamacita says: I’m really not afraid of very many things, but those few things I am afraid of, I’m terrified of. TERRIFIED. Here are a few. 1.  Driving in the dark on snowy roads with faded center and side lines. … Continue reading

Self-Esteem is EARNED. So Is Shame.

Mamacita says:  I wanted to put a picture of dysfunctional, misbehaving students here, but I got so angry as I searched for a freebie, I had to stop. Because I’m going to lay it on the line here, so stand … Continue reading

Teachers and The Knack

Mamacita says: There is a knack to teaching middle and high school students that some teachers never quite learn. I’m not sure it can be learned; it might be an art, a talent one must have at birth. For want … Continue reading

Hope Is More Than Just The Thing With Feathers. . . .

While it is true that I tend to rant and rave about how far too many students (one is too many) can’t read or write or add two numbers together, and how far too many students (one is too many) … Continue reading

Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus

Mamacita says:  Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus indeed. It’s advice we should all heed.  At the risk of exposing my Harry Potter obsession to the world – and it’s no doubt far too late to worry about that – I have … Continue reading

Life Is A Banquet

Mamacita says:  My real life is so, well, ordinary.  I mean, doesn’t everybody have a human skull in the linen closet and singing wall art?  I had children, and a job, and I felt obligated to set some kind of … Continue reading