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Jason Whitaker
Marietta, GA
I'm a great teacher with a thing for bow ties
Recent Activity
By now you've heard of the horrible event known as "SnowJam2014" that happened here in Atlanta. As someone who was trapped in an 9 hour commute I can tell you with all seriousness. It was way worse than you can know. Let me address a matter that most people don't... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2014 at The Bow Tie Teacher
Been busting my hump trying to get the concept of time into my student's heads. I ran across this video and thought it would be helpful. As I type I'm trying to get a group of kids to do a version of this for our kids here at CAES. Let's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2014 at The Bow Tie Teacher
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I'm so excited most of my students are getting time and elapsed time. That's HUGE for this group of jokers. They're good for a few gray hairs every lesson. Now subject verb agreement is another game all together. Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2014 at The Bow Tie Teacher
I've been super slack at blogging since returning from the Christmas break. The last couple of weeks have been whirlwind inside and outside of the classroom. So much going on and not nearly as many hours in the day as I'd like. Let's talk really quickly My girls (wife and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2014 at The Bow Tie Teacher
I like this time of year, December-February. I enjoy planning, thinking and setting goals for the year. I always set aside time during this season to just think, dream and plan. 5 out of 7 years I set and accomplish the goals I set. This year I'm going BIG. I'm... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2014 at The Bow Tie Teacher
It's here! Christmas break is finally here what took ya so long. This school year has gone so slow fast. I can't believe it's only Christmas break. So much to do. So much done. Christmas is a great time to reflect, relax and recharge and not see your students for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2013 at The Bow Tie Teacher
The post Thanksgiving drive to Christmas has been tough. Really this year has been a bit of a struggle and now my blog is paying for it. I don't feel like blogging! Give me a few days to get out of this funk, to get amped up about '14 and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2013 at The Bow Tie Teacher
I'm a HUGE sucka for books with characters that look like my kids or students I teach. So you know I went all in on this book. It's very fun. The illustrations are fantastic. Just watch our family review of and and let me know what you think. 4.5 bow... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2013 at The Bow Tie Teacher
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College Road Trip week was a lot of fun. Most of my students told me that they didn't know anyone who went to college, much more graduate. Also they've NEVER seen a black man in a cap and gown. So yeah, this past week I was excited to model for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2013 at The Bow Tie Teacher
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College Road Trip week was a lot of fun. Most of my students told me that they didn't know anyone who went to college, much more graduate. Also they've NEVER seen a black man in a cap and gown. So yeah, this past week I was excited to model for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2013 at The Bow Tie Teacher
It's been all over the news. It's been everywhere and it seems like it's getting worse and worse, bullying. When I was a kid it was called being a kid, but what's happening today is pretty rough. A parent came to me today to tell me her child was being... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2013 at The Bow Tie Teacher
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I've been having a ball during this College Road Trip week. My only goal is; to make college sound like an obtainable goal. I know it's a long shot and most of my kids have a rough time thinking past next week. But if there was hope for me, I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2013 at The Bow Tie Teacher
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I've been having a ball during this College Road Trip week. My only goal is; to make college sound like an obtainable goal. I know it's a long shot and most of my kids have a rough time thinking past next week. But if there was hope for me, I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2013 at The Bow Tie Teacher
Posted Nov 17, 2013 at The Bow Tie Teacher
A Facebook discussion resulted in the question "Why aren't there more Black men in education". I'll be honest with you. I don't know why more Black men don't teach and even in that why they don't teach in elementary school. What I do know is why I teach. I don't... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2013 at The Bow Tie Teacher
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I'm very pumped up about a week of bigging up my Alma Mata. This is truly an investment. At best it will take 10 years for my current 2nd graders to enroll in a four year school. Let's see if we can muster some excitement about making the long haul... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2013 at The Bow Tie Teacher
I have no issue saying that I don't know everything. This has been a HUGE turn around for me. I don't know everything. There are a few people I consider mentors. Some by design and others by default. One was a manager I had. I wouldn't consider him a mentor... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2013 at The Bow Tie Teacher
The Longest days are those that the kids tend to grasp the least information. But also I'm teaching, grouping and talking a lot. I did not expect after this amount of time and practice my students would still be struggling with double digit addition with regrouping. It's tough. I just... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2013 at The Bow Tie Teacher
The last couple of weeks have been a grind. Day 60 really shouldn't feel like Day 160, but it does. I'm still in the fray and making it work. Can't wait to see how the rest of this year pans out. I have a ton of pictures and videos to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2013 at The Bow Tie Teacher
A quick question. This is a human issue. It's not isolated to kids, but I need some help in shaping the next generation. I see this ALL the time in my class. Whenever a student does something new, different or even dare we say high effort, all kids snicker, joke,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2013 at The Bow Tie Teacher
For some odd reason I've slumped into the bad habit of threatening my students. You all know what I mean. "I'm going to call your XYZ." "Next time I'm sending you to the office." I don't need to say that these are idle threats. The day gets away from me... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2013 at The Bow Tie Teacher
There's so much I want to blog about and there just isn't enough time in the day to do it all. I'm working on a few posts for next week. Here are just a few ideas. "Idle threats do no one any good. A lesson from the Govt Shutdown" "Meetings,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2013 at The Bow Tie Teacher
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Is it Ok for teachers to have favorites? Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2013 at The Bow Tie Teacher