Can teaching your students how to draw crack pipes be grounds for termination? Just checking….

Can teaching your students how to draw crack pipes be grounds for termination? Just checking….

This is what happens when lessons go wrong.

See the bottom right corner? That would be a picture of a crack pipe.

What they were supposed to do was read an article about a St. Pete mom who smoked the crack pipe while pregnant. Afterwards we would have a stimulating conversation on how that’s bad. Then we would use a strategy called a vocabulary map to break up some of the words in the article to attach meaning to them. Awesome, right? I know you’re thinking I’m a great teacher right now. ( just wait for it).

What happened, though, is that I went to take a quick call after our somewhat, but not very stimulating convo on drugs during pregnancy. Then, as they are filling out their vocab maps one of my students says very loudly so that the other person on the line can hear very clearly on the other end, “Do I really have to draw a crack pipe for the vocab word?”

Response from the other end, “What are you teaching your students over there?”

Silence.

Lets just say that I quickly terminated the call and then gave a quick mini lesson on the word apparatus and the various items that could be besides drug paraphernalia.

Then I made the kids promise not to go around telling their teachers and parents that I made them draw a crack pipe at school.

The only thing worse would be teaching your one year old that the word “ouch” is funny so that when she hits you and you say ouch for real because it really did hurt, she does it again and laughs. Oh, wait. I did do that.

{Suzie}

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