Post college day
So I subbed my 5th graders the day after college day at their school. As a warm up I had them write at least 3 sentences of what they are doing after high school. Most of them put that college was too expensive or that they wanted to go to college to get a good job and good money. Very few students said they wanted to study art or a certain topic, not get money. But, its 5th grade. When I was in...
5 Tips to Avoid Teacher Burnout →
revolutionizeed: 1) Push Out Content in Different Ways You know what’s exhausting? Preparing PowerPoints, presentations and other lectures! Guess what? You don’t have to do this all the time. Yes, there is a time and a place for a lecture or direct instruction, but there is also a place for a variety of strategies to have students take ownership of content learning. Use jigsaw techniques, games...
Being a waitress as an education major
Is just torture. And I’m not talking about the fancy restaurants that you go on dates or they serve wine. I’m taking about a small country restaurant where farmers, truck drivers and ranchers still pay 5% tip and 10% if they’re really happy. I worked this job every weekend student teaching and will be working for the next few months until my new teaching job contract...
I am graduating tomorrow!!!
Clean yo' Facebook page, dang
That awkward moment when you find a teacher’s Facebook page full of inappropriate pictures of her social life. Privacy that or something. I would not work at this school because of the leniency of faculty information on Facebook.
5th grade science reports
My students were working on science reports of famous scientists when was subbing for them this week. They turned in a page of their report and proclaimed “done!” to me when I handed back drafts that the teacher left. I told the “done” students to go over their work again and see if there is anything they would like to add, edit, or delete. Two minutes later they run to the...
For what it’s worth: It’s never too late to be whoever you want to...– F. Scott Fitzgerald
Being a substitute again and Creativity
Being a Substitute again I was a sub for another 5th grade class, not my homeroom, for half a day today. My homeroom class was kind of jealous. The class I was subbing for was happy when they saw me, they called me the “cool sub.” At the end of the day I realized that cool sub meant “we can do whatever we want because she was a student teacher and doesn’t really know our...
Why I Write
I write because I feel that my story is worth telling. I’m writing this honors thesis on student teaching because my student teaching portfolio full of perfect lesson plans wasn’t good enough for me. I write because I know there are a lot of student teachers out there who were baffled just as much as me during their experience. I write to all the underclassmen who can’t decide...
I didn't like being a sub today
I substituted my students a week after student teaching. It was horrible. I mean, I missed them buuuuuut, I didn’t feel like it at the end of the day. Here’s the story. My teacher needed to leave after lunch, but didnt tell the students. So, students see me when I pick them up after lunch and they are happy to see me. Students are jumping, hugging me, smiling. Immediately we go to...
Teaching is. . .
allisonunsupervised: finding what would have been the ideal resource/lesson/supplement/activity the hour/day/week/month after you already did it.
"Life's too short for the wrong job"
Tmrw I get to sub my students for the first time after student teaching! I’m sure I’ll be like this when I walk in the room: It’s only been a week, but I miss them.
soak it in: Praise! →
lhuddles: In researching how to talk to kids for a recent project, I came across some information on how to praise students. Short backstory: Kids can have (and do have) either a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. Fixed mindset: Kids believe intelligence is fixed, and they are either smart (in a… EXACTLY!
The Hardest Job Everyone Thinks They Can Do →
buntsfromaleftcoastgirl: This piece was inspired by a heated discussion I had with a man who believes that teachers have an easy job. Please feel free to share it with others if you agree with the message. I used to be a molecular biologist. I spent my days culturing viruses….
incognerdo: Good gracious, guys. This paper just hit 60 pages and I’m nowhere near done. Tomorrow is the handbell festival. I have to have the paper done by midnight Monday night. I have to cook a dish AND attend our grad party Monday afternoon. Not to mention Monday is the day to give our finals to the seniors and I haven’t made it up yet. Can I clone myself yet? Please? My thesis...
A Course Redesign that Contributed to Student... →
world-shaker: They outline six principles they believe will help improve introductory courses that a big chunk of students struggle with. Here are two: Principle 3: Reward students for their efforts. The new course design lets students retry a homework problem as many times as they like. Instructors have found that when given that option, many students will work as long as it takes to get the...
Nine dangerous things you were taught in school →
1. The people in charge have all the answers. That’s why they are so wealthy and happy and healthy and powerful—ask any teacher. 2. Learning ends when you leave the classroom. Your fort building, trail forging, frog catching, friend making, game playing, and drawing won’t earn you any extra credit. Just watch TV. 3. The best and brightest follow the rules. You will be rewarded for your...
when the whole class is talking but the teacher...
iamkhadija: your like and the teachers sits there like true
How I’m feeling: and but then I’m like: I can do this!
Tweeting For Schools →
gjmueller: These are good suggestions for your administration, but can apply to your own career as a representative of your educational institution. Thinking about Twitter but not sure how to get started - try this list: School (or classroom) announcements Celebrations of success Sharing classroom/school info Answering questions and connecting with students/parents/stakeholders Sharing...
Is fashion important for the education field?
As I’m writing my thesis, I’m trying to figure out if I should include how throughout my student teaching there was a constant strive to not to fall into the typical teacher wardrobe of black slacks, neutral top and black sweater. I feel like I really have something. Clothes reflect how you feel when you put them on and clothes let your students know how you feel. Is this topic...
I have realized that I hate rereading and editing...
ambedu: I just want to type it and forget about it. I’m not sure why this is. I love editing other peoples papers, but when it comes it my own work I am too self conscious and lazy to edit it. Anyone want to be my editor? this will be me in a few hours. I FEEL YOU. Lets trade! :p
I am rocking this honors thesis right now.
A student blows up at a teacher, drops the F-bomb. The usual approach at Lincoln...– Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA, tries new approach to school discipline — suspensions drop 85% (via mchotdog) One of my greatest challenges in teaching right now is finding a way to provide this level of care to each of my students. At the after school program, every single child has had to...