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A Swinger of Birches

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Teachers:

I’m in a rut. I’m in a school with a negative atmosphere, and it’s getting to me. I need some encouragement, because I’m starting to feel helpless and defeated. What do you do to boost yourself back up when you start buying into the negative crap?

— 4 months ago
#education  #help  #teaching  #teachers  #positive thoughts needed 
I HAVE A JOB.

So I haven’t been public about this, because I was not in a good place. I didn’t want to advertise my struggle and the terrible freak outs I had over it. BUT- at the end of last school year, my department was cut from 6 science teachers to 5. I was last hired, so I was let go. This was strictly budgetary, and I had a very reassuring talk with my wonderful former principal about her helping me any way she could.

This summer was AWFUL. I was panicked, sick to my stomach, couldn’t sleep scared about not having a job. I own my home, so I couldn’t just pick up and leave at a moment’s notice, nor do I want to. I went on several interviews that turned out to be courtesy interviews, as the principals already hired from within the building. I applied out of county, but didn’t want to leave because I am one year away from establishing tenure here. On Monday, I was offered a job in Louisville. While it meant losing my tenure, it was a good job at a good school, and I was relieved.

Today, I was offered a position in my county. Teaching Social Studies! I AM SO EXCITED. I’ve wanted to teach Soc. Stu. FOREVER. I am so happy to spend the rest of my summer getting ready for this new and exciting adventure, and to receiving my tenure at the end of this year so that it doesn’t happen again.

Tonight, I’m sending good vibes out to everyone who is in the same position I’ve been in the last two months. It’s awful, and we all deserve some peace.

— 9 months ago with 5 notes
#education  #teaching  #teachers  #tenure  #job hunting 
Life Reflected: girlwithalessonplan: playpretending: I can’t forget what I saw today;... →

girlwithalessonplan:

playpretending:

I can’t forget what I saw today; so many teachers punish their students for their own shortcomings. It is their own fault when they can’t manage their classrooms, and then they take away privileges and talk down to their students. Great teachers…

(Source: thisdelicatereprieve)

— 12 months ago with 244 notes
#education  #teaching  #teachers  #classroom management  #discipline 
Teachers! Help!

I am at a loss with one of my classes. As a whole, they refuse to follow procedures and expectations. I have tried everything I know to try- reteaching procedures, explaining the reasoning behind them, practicing them repeatedly, calling and conferencing with more parents than I have in the rest of my career combined, calling team meetings to discuss expectations, positive incentives and rewards, revoking privileges, different styles of teaching and activities- nothing seems to last longer than the immediate class period. The next day I’m starting all over again. On top of that, this class fights. Constantly. I hear “shut up” and “no, you shut up” and “get off my stuff” and “give that back” and “she hit me” constantly. I can’t seem to get through to them about compassion. Or the difference between tattling and important information.

My other classes are fine. I can’t keep going the way I’ve been going with this one. I don’t know what to do. What are your thoughts and ideas, Tumblr education?

I can’t figure out how to let EVERYONE reply to that with the new format. So send any and all suggestions to my ask box please. Thanks :)

— 1 year ago with 1 note
#education  #rough class  #discipline issues  #help  #teachers  #teaching 
Students are people, too!

My students had a comparison activity today that required them to make their own analogies. It was so much fun to talk about their answers!

I enjoy how creative they are when given the chance. They came up with perfect analogies that I would never have thought of. They could (for the most part) articulately explain their reasoning. I was so impressed and proud because they clearly mastered what I was trying to teach.

On top of that, I enjoyed learning about them. Everyone made different analogies based on their own personal experiences. I was able to learn something personal about most of my students when they explained why they chose a specific comparison. It’s so easy to see my students as a single unit that I have to teach. It’s more challenging, but so much more rewarding, to have a lesson like today’s in which I get to see them as individual people. And I think they enjoy being heard.

A good day :)

— 1 year ago with 1 note
#education  #teaching  #teachers  #students 
mrsjdr:

oscarlearnoscarteach:

Tupperware hierarchies are great for teaching novels!

This is excellent! I’ve been trying to stress this idea with my kiddos because they don’t understand the difference between country, state, county, city when they come to me. The World - North America - United States - Individual State - County - City.  
If I wanted to really send it home I could have stations and sugar cookies. One option is each group has to cut the dough by tracing templates and put them in the right box, then label the box. I could take them home, bake them, and bring them back the next day for decorating. They’d have to then label each cookie with the proper name (North America / Continent, State / Colorado, etc.) Or I could skip the cutting and just do the latter. Another option would be each student has to make and label their templates for each, then cut their cookies and sort them (could be a race, too). So many fun options! 

Hey teachers- this is cool. And totally adaptable to any content!

mrsjdr:

oscarlearnoscarteach:

Tupperware hierarchies are great for teaching novels!

This is excellent! I’ve been trying to stress this idea with my kiddos because they don’t understand the difference between country, state, county, city when they come to me. The World - North America - United States - Individual State - County - City.  

If I wanted to really send it home I could have stations and sugar cookies. One option is each group has to cut the dough by tracing templates and put them in the right box, then label the box. I could take them home, bake them, and bring them back the next day for decorating. They’d have to then label each cookie with the proper name (North America / Continent, State / Colorado, etc.) Or I could skip the cutting and just do the latter. Another option would be each student has to make and label their templates for each, then cut their cookies and sort them (could be a race, too). So many fun options! 

Hey teachers- this is cool. And totally adaptable to any content!

— 1 year ago with 23 notes
#education  #teaching  #teachers  #cool idea  #lessonplanning 
World-Shaker: For friends who aren't teachers or don't know teachers or don't realize how things work in these emergency situations. →

jekoh:

The staff at Sandy Hook today, the teachers but anyone involved with the students, they are heroes, and they are heroes in a way that is part of their job and not expected but always planned for.

When you become part of a school you learn lockdown procedures. When you’re with a class…

This.

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— 1 year ago with 819 notes
#education  #teaching  #teachers  #connecticut  #newton connecticut  #hero