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The Teachers’ Lounge – Memorable Moments 2011, Pt. I

Ned Bitters Another school year is coming to a close, which means I have another collection of insanely inappropriate, crude and stupid comments to share. Because I am insanely inappropriate, crude and stupid. Volume I of this year’s wrap-up is a collection limited only to things that

The Teachers’ Lounge – Memorable Moments 2010, Pt. II

Ned Bitters [Editor’s Note: Joel Murphy is busy plotting Jimmy Fallon’s demise, so today we bring you part two of high school teacher and former HoboTrashcan columnist Ned Bitters’ favorite moments in the classroom this year. If you missed part one, you can find it here.] HOW

The Teachers’ Lounge – Memorable Moments 2010

Ned Bitters [Editor’s Note: Aaron R. Davis has the week off, so yesterday we brought you a special Lost-themed Murphy’s Law and today we bring you the triumphant return of high school teacher and former HoboTrashcan columnist Ned Bitters, who is here with a special guest column

The Teachers’ Lounge – Memorable Moments 2009

Ned Bitters [Editor’s Note: I am Joel Murphy, which means that I obviously have the time to write this little introduction, but I can’t find the time to writing a column this week. Let’s all just assume that I have a very important reason for doing so

The Teachers’ Lounge – Memorable moments 08, Pt. III

Ned Bitters And now for the final installment of “What do you mean when you say you laugh every day at your job?” Every one of these episodes took place in my classroom this year. I’m sure that when the No Child Left Behind state test results

The Teachers’ Lounge – Memorable moments 08, Pt. II

Ned Bitters Let us continue with Part II of “Another Screwball Year in Another Run-of-the-Mill Public High School.” Be assured that I have no need to embellish. * * * We have a junior who, by November, was failing most of his classes and becoming increasingly difficult

The Teachers’ Lounge – Memorable moments 08, Pt. I

Ned Bitters It’s early June, which means it’s time once again to look back at some of the more memorable moments from a year in the life at a public high school. Why anyone ever leaves this humor goldmine of a job is, like the art of

The Teachers’ Lounge – Student profiles

Ned Bitters Even though I started at this job when Ronald Reagan was wrapping up his vastly overrated presidency, I still get nervous the night before the first day of school every year. Even our superintendent, who is old enough to remember when Ronald Reagan was an

The Teachers’ Lounge – Advice to new teachers

Ned Bitters When the final bell rings at the end of each school day, I begin a Carl Lewis-like dash to my car, thus avoiding the 15-minute stressfest that is sitting behind 20 carcinogen-belching school buses as they make their way out onto the main road. I