things looked a lot different in my classroom -
and in our school.
Here is the next item on a short list that comes to mind.
Oops. I may have perpetuated my least favorite holiday of all time by inviting my "college roommate" to substitute for me. The most any teacher at Cecil Floyd teacher dressed up in the nineties was to don a Cat-in-the-Hat hat. Eddie Gweedle seems to have set a new standard in costuming at our school.
However, there is still a huge difference in Mr. Gweedle and the costumes of other teachers. Mr. Gweedle is more than a chance to dress up for Halloween. In fact, he has often shown up on different, off-holiday occasions. And he is truly a character. He has his own voice, his own mannerisms, and his own backstory. He interacts with students and adults alike, and he is quite the opposite of me.
Once, he even showed up at McDonald's on McTeacher night. He greeted strangers when they came into the restaurant, and like most, they didn't quite know how to take him.
At any rate, not that teachers wouldn't have ultimately gotten the idea to dress up, I was the first to go all-in. If I wasn't, I certainly was the first that I noticed. It was a lot more fun when I was in the minority.