Positively Persistent Teach: Remember Why You Are... →
drteach: Today, in the field of education it is easy to get caught up in the hub-bub of negativity that surrounds the schools and educators within them. It appears that the profession, which should be held of the highest esteem, is constantly questioned by outsiders debating the worth of…
We are Just Getting Started...: In What Other... →
buntsfromaleftcoastgirl: August 27th, 2010 by David Reber I’m going to step out of my usual third-person writing voice for a moment. As a parent I received a letter last week from the Kansas State Board of Education, informing me that my children’s school district had been placed… Thank you.
Saturday Night Confession
I opted to not go to my husband’s band’s show tonight. Just didn’t feel up to being dressed up and social. Am sitting with my dog watching the show online feeling both guilty for not being there and happy to be cuddling with my sweet dog on the couch. The article I read in TIME Magazine today about introverts is also ringing in my ears. Hm.
Student Motivation Update
After three weeks from the start of my Partner In Education “program” and a class rewards system with my four periods of freshmen, I feel comfortable sharing some results. Though for full disclosure, I need to point out that results may also be influenced by outside factors such as last semester’s grades (many were not good, and that has motivated a lot of my students to work...
Saturday morning routine
Hubby: Supervising Saturday School Me: In jammies on couch grading and watching Bath/Room/Yard Crashers on HGTV. The GLAMOROUS life of teachers!
What teachers really want to tell parents -... →
incognerdo: Pretty neat article. Our school has notoriously low parental involvement, which sucks just as much as helicopter parents. Calling home and getting the “they’re your problem until 3 PM” is a tough cookie to swallow. We give parents the tools to be involved. We call home with absences, give them access to student grades, and they still blame us for stuff that happens between 7 am...
The hardest part of being a Journalism adviser is editing and approving opinion pieces I don’t agree with. I just read a very well-written opinion about how the California DREAM Act (our state’s version of Obama’s DREAM Act) is unfair and how illegal immigrants shouldn’t get rewards that could take away from opportunities of legal citizens. Difficult job is difficult.
Afterword: Pride in your community →
joserisms: I SHOULD be working on my Spring Band Calendar but instead I’m watching my students practice in my band room. It amazes me how far these kids have come since the first day of school. They were a rag tag band with no real direction. I laid out my vision to them, then demonstrated my goals by taking… Full of awesome.
Should the exposure of his knowledge (and lack of action taken) of child sexual abuse ruin his “legend” status?
To recap, this week Obama:
johiart: mandigray: -Made a decision that made it almost universally possible for women to get affordable birth control (Yay for women!) -Rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline (Yay for the environment!) -Denounced SOPA (Yay for the first amendment!) -Sang Al Green (Yay for everyone) Say what you want, I still believe in Hope. Yuss. Rad.
Miss B Stories: Some of my students are secretly... →
missbstories: So today, my 7th-graders had to hand in their Shakespearean sonnets. Before I collected them, I let them share. The results were remarkable. Basically, work ethic/brains and ability to write a sonnet seem to be inversely proportional. My smart kids struggled. They either didn’t share, or their… 7th graders writing amazing sonnets?! Amazing!
Both Encouraging and Depressing
Talking to an experienced teacher about the freshmen we share and knowing they are just as poorly behaved in her class as in mine. At least they’re funny.
Girl with a Lesson Plan: Today was the first day... →
none4gretchenweiners: Before we could start though, she gave us a warning. She didn’t want to see Harry Potter because “it is for purely entertainment purposes only in getting younger children to enjoy reading and has no social impact or value.” And she kept going. She was like, “I… This makes me angry. The Harry Potter series is full of literary value and explores relevant themes. I...
Dear sore throat,
I’m not sure what to do with you. Spending the day at home talking to no one but my dog has not helped. How am I supposed to teach for five periods tomorrow? How am I supposed to give a mini lecture about figurative language and explain to my students how AWESOME it is?! Be prepared to be tamed by tea, Advil, and cepacol. Bitch. Sincerely, Me
SHUT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!– Me, at the top of my lungs, to my 7th grade English class. Proof that I absolutely need to eat lunch in order to be an effective teacher. (via missbstories) No joke, if I get annoyed quickly in my class before lunch, a student will say, as nicely as possible, “Ms. G, do you need to eat...
I think the universe is improbably biased toward consciousness, that it rewards...– John Green “The Fault in Our Stars” (via nerdfighter007)