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Stupid Teacher Tricks

When I tutor kids one on one, I’m usually sitting across from them, rather than next to them. Somewhere, about three or four years ago, I got tired of spinning the paper around, and started goofing with my kids, trying to write upside down. They’d have great fun poking me when I got my characters backwards, but now I’ve gotten so that I can do it pretty well. It helps that it’s mostly numbers and Xs & Ys.

New kids kind of boggle though, when I spring it on them the first time. I’m a bit surprised it’s so unusual that they’ve never seen it before. For me, it’s now almost as indispensable as my presentation remote.

{ 3 } Comments

  1. Simon Job | January 22, 2009 at 1:16 am | Permalink

    I’ve developed pretty good upside writing in the last couple of years as well through crouching in front of the students desk, and writing in their books.

    It’s a very handy skill, and lightens the mood sometimes when you can’t get your 3’s the right way.

  2. Jackie Ballarini | January 22, 2009 at 4:42 am | Permalink

    My three’s are okay, for some reason it is my 4’s that come out backwards.

  3. Mr. K | January 22, 2009 at 6:01 am | Permalink

    I knew I couldn’t be the only one who does this!