I have a brother and sister in chemistry class. Both are what teachers would traditionally call “A Students”. One is a critical thinker - very good at using what has been learned to figure out something new. The other is a creative thinker - very good at grasping the overall application of a…
When we had parent conference, the first and main topic was the state test. Thank you for this uplifting reminder of why we are in the education field.
The past 2 days I was substituting the same 2nd grade class. Both days were also state test days for the upper levels. This means both days I was in the same classroom with 27 students the whole school day. No recess. No PE.
I’ve never yelled so much in my life. These 2nd graders were a handful. Every 2 hours I wanted to curl in a ball and hide. I missed my 5th graders terribly. Attitude and all.
At one point another teacher in the hallway had to walk in and quiet down my class after my failed attempts for the past 3 minutes. It was embarrassing.
In the mornings we did worksheets/read together. In the afternoon, movies. They were a bit anxy in the morning because routines were either eliminated or pushed back for two days.
What’s worse then unmanageable noise level? Students crying all day! “Someone won’t share”, “so and so called me a name”, “he said I was at a grade 1 reading level. “
I have only subbed middle and high school before so this was definitely something new. This makes me question how I will handle kinders who know very little English in Korea.
I might have said yes and signed a contract too soon with Yongin. Another interview was offered that’s a little bit more in pay and a better location, near the shore.
I mean, I really like the support for teachers and foreign teachers at the signed contract school. The only thing that gets me is that Yongin is SO up north. This Texan is going to be soooooo cold. I feel like I should have waited for another interview offer that was south like the one just offered.
As the news is on at work, reports come on about the Hunger Games release. Quite a few customers questioned why this story/movie was so big? Some even reported that “there’s already another story like this.” Well duh, new stories are just spin offs, extensions, revisions of previous ones. That’s the art of storytelling.
It took every inch of me to not yell at the customers that the Hunger Games is not another Harry Potter/Twilight fad.
Read the following article post below on this Hunger Games phenomenon seen in the new generation.
2 of my students made a behavior log full of misbehavior marks for me and my CT! Here’s why:
In one of my classes I have two boys who work well individually, but when they’re together its double trouble.
Everyday I have to pull their behavior log after multiple verbal warnings. Most of the time its bad behaviour marks for misbehavior such as off task, not following directions and disrespectful. Rarely its “good” behavior marks for accepting consequences or helping teacher.
Both parents are aware of students behavior so this isn’t something new.
Well, when I thought students were being productive in class for a brief 15 minutes, they were actually making behavior logs for me and my CT!
Our folder had marks such as:
giving mean looks
grabbing folders and papers from student when not done
having phone at school -giving write ups fo no reason
constantly watching students
All of this is from their point of view, of course. My CT laughed at this and assured me that I was/am doing nothing wrong as a teacher. She explained that expectations are known and students continually try to test her, and especially me.
I didn’t take the “marks” too seriously, except for the “giving mean looks” mark. I feel like I give “stern” looks but I guess sometimes I come off so irritated and frustrated that it comes off as “mean.”
Although these behavior logs were uncalled for, I’m glad I caught my students perspectives of me.
I really do like my students. Its just that sometimes my CT’s constant negative attitude rubs off onto me.
I have a job offer for the private school in Yongin! My interview went well! ….except they would want me to leave to Korea as early as May 15th and no later than the end of the month. Wellllll, I graduate May 10th sooooo that’s exciting, yet scary to think of! OMO!
I’m still waiting to hear from yesterday’s second school interview from Ulsan. The location sounds great, but during the interview the teacher I was talking to suggested looking at my other recruitment options like EPIK. Is it just me or does that sound sketchy?
Ekkkkkk! I haven’t made a decision officially but I have a feeling that leaving right after graduation is too much pressure for me…. but on the other hand, I did say that I wanted to leave right after graduation….
I’m holding my breathe on the 2nd school interview report back and possibly other job offers ^^
Over a year ago, two years?, I was reading a book for my education class called the Hunger Games trilogy. We even made lesson plans incorporating the text for various subject areas. Little did I know, a movie was being made of the first book!
Ekkkkk! This is exicting! Tonight’s the premiere!
This student teacher is going to the premiere!!!!
Students, you have been forwarned— you’re teacher will be giggly and tired tomorrow at school.
It wasn’t that bad. It surprisingly went well. Questions were on classroom management, lesson planning, creativity and familiarity with Korea.
Yongin is about an hr or 2 at most away from Seoul, the capital. Its a medium city with a lot of tourist areas but still close enough to the main city. I like the location because its close to Seoul, but I don’t like being so up north or that its landlocked.
The iffy part of the interview was when I found out half way through that they were referencing my old CV. Then, I was caught off guard when they asked how I would teach a lesson about birthdays.
Other than that, the school sounds amazing, and with a lot of support for English teachers and teachers in general.
Now, its a good school but they would like the teacher to arrive middle of May…. a week after I graduate. When I responded that I was anticipating arriving end of June they tone of voice immediately changed.
I should be receiving a reply soon.
Tomorrow is my second interview for the same grade level position in Ulsan. I’m excited about tomorrow’s because its a great location, down south, near the coast and other great cities.
I’ll be watching Secret Garden and listening to Big Bang for the next two days.
The sun is shining outside and we’re all back in school. I’m not sure if they cranked the a/c down or if I just forgot the feeling of being inside a building for 8 hours a day. I now have to recondition myself to be comfortable with constant a/c on and being with students all day.
The students slugged into class in the morning in a fashion that I had never seen them. All were so tired— it was like bedtime. I don’t blame the students. It was hard for me to get back in the routine again as well.
Enjoy the sunshine all you other tumblr teachers on spring break!
A new report from Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, called Primary Sources: America’s Teachers on the Teaching Profession, finally quantifies just how hard teachers work: 10 hours and 40 minutes a day on average. That’s a 53-hour work week!
These numbers are indicative of teachers’ dedication to the profession and their willingness to go above and beyond to meet students’ needs. It never was, and certainly isn’t now, a bell-to-bell job.
The 7.5 hours in the classroom are just the starting point. On average, teachers are at school an additional 90 minutes beyond the school day for mentoring, providing after-school help for students, attending staff meetings and collaborating with peers. Teachers then spend another 95 minutes at home grading, preparing classroom activities, and doing other job-related tasks. The workday is even longer for teachers who advise extracurricular clubs and coach sports —11 hours and 20 minutes, on average. As one Kentucky teacher surveyed put it, “Our work is never done. We take grading home, stay late, answer phone calls constantly, and lay awake thinking about how to change things to meet student needs.”
Since the beginning of the semester I started to get in touch with recruiters to teach in South Korea.
Emailing is all that I’ve really done. This week I barely mailed my FBI background check and emailing my resume.
I received great news from my recruiter today: there is a job position in Ulsan that might be open for me this summer. My recruiter is forwarding my resume to the school and I am waiting for news if I will get an interview.
I’m unsure if I will be qualified for the position because I do not have/don’t plan to get a TEFOL/TESOL certificate.
I am hoping that graduating as an education major who is familiar with Korean language and culture will be sufficient enough.
I just want to curl in a ball as I anxiously wait for the follow up.
Some eyebrow-raising ideas (or at least delivery) in here. I’ve included a few below:
5. The Role of Standardized Tests in College Admissions The AP Exam is on its last legs. The SAT isn’t far behind. Over the next ten years, we will see Digital Portfolios replace test scores as the #1 factor in college admissions.
6. Differentiated Instruction as the Sign of a Distinguished Teacher The 21st century is customizable. In ten years, the teacher who hasn’t yet figured out how to use tech to personalize learning will be the teacher out of a job. Differentiation won’t make you ‘distinguished’; it’ll just be a natural part of your work.
7. Fear of Wikipedia Wikipedia is the greatest democratizing force in the world right now. If you are afraid of letting your students peruse it, it’s time you get over yourself.
The research literature on the impact of socio economic status on children’s learning is sobering, and it’s easy to see why an individual teacher might feel helpless in the face of these effects. Teachers should not be alone in confronting the impact of poverty on children’s learning. One hopes that the advances in our understanding the terrible consequences of poverty for the mind and brain will spur policymakers to serious action. but still, teachers should not despair. All children can learn, whatever their backgrounds, and whatever challenges they face.
Even though I am an introvert, I love teaching. Who says all teachers have to be extroverts?
This also means that I am aware of the introverts in the classroom and work hard not to push them to be extroverts.
When starting lessons, I push for students to think on their own as much as they can before splitting into random pairing.
And when I call on students randomly, the extroverts have no problems showing how they solved a math problem on the board and explaining it. The introverts would rather bring their paper up to the overhead to show the class as the teacher explains his thinking process.
As teachers, we should be mindful of introverts, extroverts, and those who are of both styles.