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Alvandy  (Level: 240.4 - Posts: 7692)
Sat, 26th Jul '08 8:26 AM


This is a unique puzzle to say the least. No googling needed; just put yourself in a "teaching" mentality and you'll do fine.
Congrats to the "feisty" Marsha for educating us.
I enjoyed this one

Kaufman  (Level: 268.0 - Posts: 3941)
Sat, 26th Jul '08 8:45 AM

Please tell us (after the puzzle if it's a spoiler), just what ISS is. The puzzle looked like it could describe almost any grade school teacher.

1mks  (Level: 219.5 - Posts: 5925)
Sat, 26th Jul '08 9:13 AM

I can tell you that now......sorry if it threw you. In School Suspension........which means I get the trouble makers and they are with me until they have "served" their time or go on to our alternative school.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Sat, 26th Jul '08 9:16 AM

Bless your heart - that's the hardest job in school. There's not enough money anywhere for me to do that one. You are a saint. Great WP. I would say I enjoyed it, but I actually winced at a couple, and it's too close to summer being over to really enjoy it. The harbinger of things to come - too soon.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Sat, 26th Jul '08 9:37 AM

Wow. That was quite an eye-opener! Thanks!!!

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Sat, 26th Jul '08 9:41 AM

I thought it meant Italian Sausage Salesperson. Just joking. My two younger sons are teachers and they get some of the best from the southside of Chicago. There is a hesitation for the disrupters. My older son was the starting center on the football team for four years and my youngest wanted to be the Middle weight Boxing champion for years. Joey was 12-0 on the corner of Amy and Arquilla. All three of my sons went to schools were they were less than 10% minorites, but were some of the most popular kids in the joint.

Debbie1957  (Level: 45.7 - Posts: 402)
Sat, 26th Jul '08 10:11 AM

I enjoyed your puzzle, had fun doing it. I wasn't sure about ISS until this post told me.


Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Sat, 26th Jul '08 10:22 AM

Debbie wake up the cat !!

Suzannec  (Level: 259.0 - Posts: 616)
Sat, 26th Jul '08 11:59 AM

Very entertaining. I loved it. Thanks!

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Sat, 26th Jul '08 12:26 PM

I think Marsha's teaching experience will prepare her well for the sploofus hooligans she is about to meet on the death float.

Spacecat  (Level: 164.7 - Posts: 673)
Sat, 26th Jul '08 1:46 PM

Without checking this post, I thought International Space Station. However in school suspension can get be out of this world. Great WP.

Quackinator  (Level: 175.6 - Posts: 151)
Sat, 26th Jul '08 1:53 PM

LOVED the puzzle. Couldn't wait to do it from the first time I saw that it was coming,as I work with behaviorally disordered kids and can relate. I loved the one about why the kid hit the other kid. So true!!!!

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Sat, 26th Jul '08 6:52 PM

Before I took early retirement, I had the luxury of servicing the palacial housing projects all throughout the Chicago area and I also took care of senior citizens homes. The words that were used by that boy made sense compared to what I used to hear from "adults" and the security guards that watched these unfortunate people. I cannot say more, the puzzle is still live

Virtus  (Level: 169.8 - Posts: 2489)
Sat, 26th Jul '08 7:03 PM

How true!! I spent 30 years in secondary education. That is how is really is

Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4415)
Sat, 26th Jul '08 7:12 PM

I thoroughly enjoyed it, Marsha, thanks!

-- Geri

Marynuala  (Level: 140.2 - Posts: 996)
Sat, 26th Jul '08 7:13 PM

Very enjoyable WP (and written by an obvious teaching professional).

Ladyvol  (Level: 212.4 - Posts: 5651)
Sat, 26th Jul '08 7:17 PM

This puzzle was awesome and boy could I relate...having had to sub for the ISS teacher on numerous occasions...Bless you Marsha...

Donleigh  (Level: 155.5 - Posts: 5414)
Sat, 26th Jul '08 8:05 PM

Good puzzle - brought back fond memories.

Oldcougar  (Level: 228.6 - Posts: 1935)
Sun, 27th Jul '08 3:31 AM

Great WP Marsha I recalled a few from chat talk but poor proof reading knocked me out again. I believe you suffer from the same affliction. Maybe we can work on it while floating & tipping

Davidf  (Level: 102.1 - Posts: 746)
Sun, 27th Jul '08 8:19 AM

Fun puzzle

Suzannec  (Level: 259.0 - Posts: 616)
Sun, 27th Jul '08 8:54 AM

I'm still not sure what ISS stands for. Could you please fill me in and post all your phrases? Thanks!

Chiknmac  (Level: 18.3 - Posts: 3)
Sun, 27th Jul '08 8:59 AM

ISS = Internal School Suspension

Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Sun, 27th Jul '08 10:45 AM

In school suspension is when a kid gets in trouble and their punishment is to NOT GO TO CLASS. But instead of making them stay home (regular 'suspension') they have to sit in a classroom and be quiet for a certain number of hours, with all the other minor offenders.

Kaufman  (Level: 268.0 - Posts: 3941)
Sun, 27th Jul '08 11:38 AM

So the non-learners are kept from going to where they can learn? In the words of Mr. Nimoy, I find this highly illogical.

1mks  (Level: 219.5 - Posts: 5925)
Mon, 28th Jul '08 7:55 AM

Ken, it is a very regimented classroom. Life skills and making better decisions are stressed and taught...they are also working on their assignments sent by their teachers. They are NOT just sitting there occupying space. I also have various resources that I can pull up on the computer for them to watch and answer questions. It IS punishment but it is also an endeavor to get them to learn to make better decisions and to be responsible for their actions. My take on it is much different from just being a "study hall" where you just sit and vegetate.

Zeedee  (Level: 234.4 - Posts: 1088)
Mon, 28th Jul '08 8:31 AM

And remember that if the child who has been disrupting the class is getting individual attention in ISS, the regular classroom teacher is able to devote her time and attention to those students actually willing to learn something.

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2011)
Tue, 29th Jul '08 11:15 PM


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