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Describe 10 pet peeves you have

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Returning to my 25 things I want my child(ren) to know about me series, I thought I'd pick an easy one . . . pet peeves!


1.  Poor grammar

2.  Hearing other people bite their nails.   It makes me CRAZY!
3.  People who spit on the ground.   Why do they have so much extra saliva?
4.  When someone (usually my husband) changes the channel  on the TV at the exact moment I become interested.  
5.  Christmas decor on sale in August (or earlier). 
6.  Websites with embedded music.
7.  People who do not seem to understand that you walk through the RIGHT door,  even if the left door is open.  
8.  People throwing trash in a recycle bin. OR people throwing recyclable material in the trash can when the recycle bin is RIGHT NEXT TO THE TRASH CAN!
9.  Racist people. Especially racist people who say they aren't racist. 
10.  When people see my toddler in a fedora and say, "Look, he's wearing an old man hat!"  Seriously? 

Teaching Tips (Or, Things I Learned NOT to do from my graduate program)

I just finished my EdS (Specialist in Education) degree.

In this program I learned many things, although I'm not sure they were the things the professors intended for me to learn.

Here is a list of things I have learned NOT to do as a teacher:
Give yourself too much self-importance. Create vague rubrics whose points do not add up correctly.Refuse to allow students to work at their own pace and get "ahead" of where you want them to be.Give busywork.  It doesn't end after high school, y'all.  Not grade in a timely manner.  This is a very annoying habit that many teachers have.  As a student it is infuriating to be required to turn in assignments by a specific due date and then have to wait weeks to get your grade back.Not give feedback on assignments.  A grade with no feedback is worthless. (Unless the grade is a 100, then it's fine.)   If I don't get full credit, I want to know WHY.  Specifically.  Especially if there are similar assignments I will have t…