I recognize that some U.S. states began school a couple of weeks ago, but for those of us in the Northeast -- the states that follow the motto, "Yo, no school till after Labor Day" -- school has not yet begun. I will be starting my 18th year teaching, so I know firsthand how much anticipation is involved with the first day of school: What should I wear? Will people like me? What if someone steals my lunch and eats it? And those are just faculty concerns; for students, the list extends even further.
I would like to help students nationwide when it comes to first day etiquette, more specifically what they should not say to their teachers on the first day of school:
1. "Can I just take a picture of everything you have on the board?"
Translation: "Can I just take the easy way out right now, as well as for the rest of the year?"
Granted, the process of putting pen to paper is a difficult one, ranking right up there with opening a bag of chips or interpretin…
People often say to me, "Greg, I need your help. Can you answer some questions about Christmas for me?"
Actually, no one has ever said that to me.
Not even sort of.
But if someone ever does, I am well-prepared, as I wrote this column in December of 2012:
'Tis the Season
December 18, 2012
It's the middle of December, every radio station is now playing Christmas music and there are sales at every store. It can only be one time of the year. That's right, the four-month countdown to Arbor Day. The problem is: it's hard to even think about Arbor Day right now -- or to even begin the countdown -- with Christmas a week away. There are so many things to worry about between now and then that you might be wishing a guide existed to help you get through this. And lucky for you there is: it's called Wikipedia. But let's face it: you just don't have that kind of time. So here you have it, a simplified Q&A guide to get you through the next wee…
I was recently driving, pondering the answers to life's important questions as I normally do when I drive, when I interrupted myself with a thought about Twitter: why don't many people proofread before they tweet? And, for that matter, why don't they pause for a little bit -- just a few seconds even -- before making that tweet available to thousands or even millions of people?
Maybe some people need to go back to their writing roots, I thought. Maybe they need scratch paper. And who am I to deny something to people that they need?
I created Twitter Scratch Paper as a way for people to plan out their tweets before they send them. People can keep the book wherever they do their best thinking. Each page consists of two sets of 280 blanks just waiting to be filled in.
Maybe you're hesitant to get started on Twitter. Then use this book and practice before you put yourself out there.
Maybe your best friend or your mom or a politician you know needs to stop impulsively…