Posts tagged education
Posts tagged education
G/T, gifted and talented, smarter, more creative classes are typical for most grade levels in the US. Is this carried out on a global scale?
I’m asking because these GT students know they are smarter, more creative because they are told so. The rest of the students view themselves as average or lower level.
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.
Are any tumblr teachers incorporating this trilogy into their curriculum?
When students are drawn out of your school for family, housing, or personal reasons, it feels like lost sheep.
Since I’ve begun student teaching, 6 students out of 50 were withdrawn and moved. Isn’t that a lot for the 2nd semester?
When a student would leave, the class was suddenly be quieter and more focused. Sometimes, that person’s group lost their group thinker, the introvert.
Most of the time, we were able to tell the student good-bye and give s side hug or high five. Other times, all we got was thirty transfer paperwork.
I hope those lost sheep have adjusted to their new home and school.
[TED Air] I like this TED talk. Susan Cain: The power of introverts http://www.ted.com/talks/susan_cain_the_power_of_introverts.html TED Air (http://goo.gl/2Aftm)
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.
Today I made a student cry. I felt HORRIBLE.
So, after a month and a half I finally told my students my first name. I wanted to make sure they respected me as their student teacher before telling them. Well, today, they tested how much they could get away with.
I was sitting at a table with 5 students guiding them one-on-one. Student A wants to get my attention so much that she addresses me by my first name. I saw the other girls laugh, so I immediately asked for her folder and stated “I am to be addressed by my last name as an expectation, anything other than that is disrespectful.”
At the same time student B writes out my first and last name on the board to try and see if she can get away with Miss First and Last Name. I immediately ask for her folder as well. She tries to act confused and pretends that she didn’t her the conversation about respecting me.
Student A and B never get written up, except for gossiping/off task every now and then. Student A had gotten a gossiping/off task this week, so me marking another negative note would bring down her behavior grade. So, upset, she started crying. I pulled her aside in the hallway and talked to her. She was able to identify her misbehavior but was still mad at me.
At lunch, Student A and B told the other girls in class about the individualized talk I had with them about respect and my expectation of my name. So after lunch it was a girls vs. student teacher war.
Back in the classroom, a girl rudely declares, “Miss, you’re not supposed to make people cry.” I then ask her if I made her cry, She replies no, so I tell her “okay, then I don’t understand why you’re telling me this.” She then says that Student A told everyone already and wants to know why she made her cry. Again, I state that if a student has a question or concern they THEMSELVES can come and talk to me about it. Bottom line.
THEN, during free time Student A sits in MY teacher chair and starts to pretend like she’s writing a note home for my misbehavior of me calling her by her first name. Clearly, she just wanted to flip the scenerio in front of her peers.
I immediately tell her to follow me outside. I walk out and down the stairs, right infront of the principals office. The other students stand in the doorway to see where we are going.
Once, downstairs, we take a sharp turn to the teacher’s lounge where we talk. I ask what she’s feeling. She’s still mad at me and upset about the write up. I tell her I’m not mad at her, and I understand that its an accident. But, it was disrespectful and that it shouldn’t happen agian. As I’m talking her eyes water and tears flow. THEN I CRY! I immediately tell her that I don’t want her to cry and I didn’t mean to, but I do expect respect. Not only for me, but for the other teachers.
I then go on for thanking her for talking to me, as well as addressing me as Miss Last Name. Then, I explain that her good example would be written in her behavior log to cancel the negative one.
After we finish, I let her know that I will allow her to use the teacher lounge restroom to wash up her face before we go back to class.
So, we had a talk, but at the same time I wanted to let her know that I truely cared for her enough not to punish her, but to remind her of expectations.
So now? I’m just worried about parent feedback from Student A. Since Student A tells her mom everything, I feel like I might be getting a concerned email or suprise visit.
By the end of her second year at MacFarland Middle School, fifth-grade teacher Sarah Wysocki was coming into her own.
“It is a pleasure to visit a classroom in which the elements of sound teaching, motivated students and a positive learning environment are so effectively combined,” Assistant Principal Kennard Branch wrote in her May 2011 evaluation.
He urged Wysocki to share her methods with colleagues at the D.C. public school. Other observations of her classroom that year yielded good ratings.
Two months later, she was fired.Wysocki, 31, was let go because the reading and math scores of her students didn’t grow as predicted. Her undoing was “value-added,” a complex statistical tool used to measure a teacher’s direct contribution to test results.
This was also my midterm grade.
I am graded as mostly beginning competence and a few competence in the areas of my rubic.
I’m not gonna lie, it kind of hurt. The feeback that hurt the most was to work on classroom management. I mean, I knew it, I just didn’t KNOW it because it wasn’t said to me.
If you don’t have classroom management, its hard to do have a productive and flowing classroom. I know. But how does a student teacher establish classroom management when the CT does not have a firm one himself. My experience is mostly tag teaming with the CT. What works for him is a loud, booming, authoritative voice. I am a quiet and don’t like being grouchy or moody. An alternative? *sigh*
The good side of this was that my CT said that he would feel confident leaving the class in my hands tmrw if he couldn’t come in.
Student: Miss, what are you doing for spring break?
Student: So, you have two jobs?
Me: No, I only work on the weekends. I already told you, I’m a waitress.
Student: But, you work here during the week.
Me: Oh, I don’t get paid for this.
Student: You don’t get paid for student teaching??!?! But you work here everyday. You help Mr. So and So teach and everything.
Me: Well, I’m still a student. I sign up and pay for this class. My class is to teach everyday so that I can learn to be a teacher.
Student: What?! Thats crazy. You should get paid.
*other students then started to chime in and agree*
Haha. They thought I was getting paid.
Today, I accidently questioned a student, and it was probably in a rude way.
Students were glueing word problems in a blank paper booklet and working out the problem using visuals and number sentences.
A student comes up to me and asks to wash his hands while I’m helping another student. I ask why. He replies that he has dried glue all over his hands and it hard to write or do anything. I couldn’t tell him to sit at his desk and wait because he couldn’t do anything and would be a distracting to others. So I told him to try hand sanatizer.
After that epic fail, he asks me again. I try really hard to not let students go the RR because it wastes class learning time. So, me being overwhelemd,tired, and with a headache I proceded with the evil teacher responses “Why is there glue all over your hands? No one else has glue on their hands like you. You must have been doing something wrong. Were you doing something you weren’t supposed to?”
It was a teacher vs. student battle. I quickly saw that other students were being entertained and that I was going nowhere, so I stopped right away and told him he had one minute to go wash his hands and come back.
How would I have handeled it differently?
I would have told him right away to go wash his hands, and that if this happens again he will not be able to use the glue again.
Why couldn’t have just asked my CT??!!!
Students are trained in lower levels to receive a prize for their actions and behavior. By 5th grade its ingrained.
What bothers me about this is that students expect a reward after a task.
The other day a student demanded that I reward him with a dollar for his behavior. Child, please.
I’m a huge fan of stickers, cool pencils and high fives. I’m not a fan of useless and wasted objects like a toy duck or other toy gadget. I see it as adding to consumerism and waste.
Maybe I’m thinking too green.