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odds and ends: more oral surgery, halloween

Posted in odds and ends with tags , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

If you follow me on the various social networks I take part in you know this already but… I had my final two wisdom teeth removed this pat Tuesday. I’ve been putting this off for (no kidding I’m ashamed to say) YEARS now so when I was up all night Saturday racked with pain, I had no one but myself to blame. Ideally, having a procedure like this done would be something a teacher would try and schedule for a spring break or a summer vacation. I was betting I’d be able to make it to our school’s winter break and I lost.

It seems small potatoes when compared to what my many teacher friends in New York and New Jersey are contending with right now but I hate missing a big chunk of school like this. One day here or there is fine, but anything more than that and it’s bad news all around. Bad for students… bad for the school… and bad for me. I’ve been feeling nothing but down in the dumps about this since Monday afternoon when I realized I’d be out for at least a day, probably two.

The procedure went without a hitch but I spent much of Wednesday in a gross amount of pain. Seriously, you wouldn’t BELIEVE what my pillow looked like when I woke up from my post-operation nap; it was like something out of one of those torture porn movies. Since then, I’ve been getting by on a steady diet of painkillers and soft foods. Tonight I successfully chowed down on boxed macaroni and cheese and considered it a success.

The funny thing is, this same thing happened to me around this time last year and I did a week-long series of comics about that experience, which you can read if you click here. The only difference between last year and this year is I smartened up enough to take time off from work. Last year, I went into school and tried to “be a hero” as it were. My reward was a surprise walk-though inspection from the assistant principal; he was disappointed I was sitting at my desk, less active than a teacher should be during a sustained silent reading period. I had forgotten all about that incident until this morning but it made me GLAD I took today off. The last thing I needed is to be judged on my teaching today by someone who wouldn’t take the “whole picture” into consideration.

I go back tomorrow. Half of my mouth will be wadded up with cotton. I have a low impact agenda for tomorrow, including administering a “common assessment” for the 9th grade students and a lesson I hope to pull together for my 12th grade class by waking up early tomorrow and hitting the 24 hour Meijer for supplies.


Although I was in pain, I would have disappointed my boys greatly if I hadn’t sucked it up and squeezed into my Halloween costume this year.

…besides, it wouldn’t have been very “Batman” of me to wuss out, right? Rest assured, the costume was peeled off and I was back on the couch recuperating about two minutes after this snapshot was taken.

2011-2012 school year: grit

Posted in 2011-2012 school year with tags , on December 15, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

This was the funniest thing to come out of this whole fiasco. Try laughing when your jaw is clamped shut- that’s what this student and I were doing about five seconds after she realized I wasn’t gritting my teeth at her and I realized I looked and sounded like Dirty Harry when I was talking.

2011-2012 school year: but of course

Posted in 2011-2012 school year with tags , on December 14, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

I went back and forth on this one. I have a long standing policy of not including any administration in the comic, for good or ill. Finally, I decided (with an assist from my smart wife) to just go ahead. I’m sure this type of things happens to a ton of people, even if you don’t work in education.

As happy as I was with that doctor character yesterday? That’s how unhappy I am with my “assistant principal” design here. I’m comforted by the knowledge I will rarely if ever use it again… but rest assured, he is the most fictional of fictionalizations.

2011-2012 school year: endodontist

Posted in 2011-2012 school year with tags , on December 13, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

I wish I could use that dentist character again. I accidentally like the way he ended up coming out.

Also, thanks to anyone who donated- new books are on their way to our classroom. I realized late last night that my second donation option didn’t publish and it still doesn’t seem like it’s publishing, darn it. I will try to get it straight next week.

2011-2012 school year: everybody’s got opinions

Posted in 2011-2012 school year with tags , on December 12, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

Haven’t done this in awhile, but seeing as we’re in the season of giving:

Below please find a link to my DonorsChoose page. Donations made TOMORROW, Monday December 12th, using the match code SPARK will be matched through 11:59pm EST. If you pledge $5… my classroom projects get $10. If you pledge $100 dollars… I will Internet-marry you.

Click here if you so desire.

If you’d instead like to directly donate some coin to my classroom but you have some problems with DonorsChoose (and man, I get it if you do), click here: