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Friday, January 28th, 2011
10:50 am

I'm a director and a teacher at a daycare/preschool. I was wondering if anyone has an idea on where I can get a good quality CHEAP curriculum. I'm very familiar with Creative Curriculum. We are a newer center and I'm trying to get NAEYC accredited. I hope someone can help us! Thanks so much!

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Monday, August 25th, 2008
3:45 pm
Hi, I just got an ESL position which is English as a Second language.
I've never taught it and i don't know what to do on the first day. although i do have the qualification for it. i've mostly been in special education classes. and i think its easier than i think it is but i'm making it hard for myself by thinking about it.

*** I have to make up my own schedule and schedule it around the other grade 6,7, and 8 teachers. any suggestions? i know this is usually a leadership role..but i'm not quite sure how to start this year off. any suggestions for programing for esl? any suggestions for assessments for the beginning of the year? i don't even know how to use our esl program that updates students..
what should i be looking for in their osr's? ontario student records? or files? any other thoughts or ideas would be welcomed and very much appreciated.

I'm pulling my hair out. i don't know how to start the first day or what to do on the first day. or what classes i will be seeing. i have to organize all this myself. i'll be in the school this thursday but wont have any access to student information or anything b/c i'm not set up yet.
I will not be in a classroom. I will probably pull the kids out.. what do i do? do you team teach?

***my principle has asked me to make up a letter for the parents and i don't know what to write in this letter.. i don't know if its a welcome letter.. or an introductory letter about my program or what to expect as a new student to the school or the country. or if it should be about community resources..and such. any suggestions?

***my principle also asked me if i would feel comfortable presenting to the staff as it is a mix of new and old teachers and many don't know anything about teach english language learners.. ell or esl its all quite the same and quite different.. but whatever. any ideas or resources that i could refer to?
how would you create an interesting or interactive seminar for your peers? any advice for a new teacher?

i know i would probably be responsible for programing for language arts and then making modifications or accomodations for the others subjects such as science, math and social studies. any ideas or resources would be great.
Monday, October 2nd, 2006
7:12 pm
Do any of you use the new Macmillan/McGraw Hill Science book for 5th grade??

We are just starting Unit A on plant cells, animal cells, etc.

I am looking for good lessons that you use. I am a student teacher and really want to impress my co-op and have the kis enjoy learning this stuff. Any ideas?? Thanks!!!

x-posted a few places
Tuesday, September 19th, 2006
6:49 pm
Hello -

I just joined this community and thought I would introduce myself.
My pseudonym is Kai. I'm working on the last leg of my Masters in biology while teaching a lab for a course called "Organismic Biology". It's essentially botany and zoology thrown into one semester. I've been TAing for all 5 semesters I've been in graduate school, all but one semester has been in this course.

Future plans used to include a PhD in biology or some related science, but I've fallen out of love with research. On the upside, I've fallen deeper in love with teaching (I did my fair share of recitation leading in my undergrad). So I'm faced with two viable choices - earn a PhD in Education or work to get a position at a community college. At this moment, I'm liking the second option more and more, but I'm biding my time and investigating both - possibly applying for both and seeing which situation works best for me and my husband (who will be ready to persue his MA in History about the same time)

So, umm, hi. What are your backgrounds? How are you involved with teaching?

Current Mood: calm
Wednesday, September 13th, 2006
7:37 pm
I think I am going to create an interactive bulletin board when I teach (IF I teach) the unit on astronomy to my 5th graders. The main thing I want them to get out of the lessons are the names of the planets, the order of them and how the planets all stay together because of gravity and inertia.

Any good ideas about creating a really fun and interesting interactive bulletin board? I don't just want to put up different sized and colored circles and have thm put them in order.

Thanks! :)

Thursday, August 17th, 2006
12:28 pm
Hello again! I am having a issue that hopefully somebody on here has a resolution to.

Both my parents smoke and when I leave the house my clothes stink to high heavens like an ashtray. Does anyone have any secret remedies for this? Thanks!

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006
9:58 pm
Any 1st or 5th grade teachers in PA?

I am wondering what you teach during 1st and 5th grades. I student teach in the fall and would like to have some idea on which lessons I may teach.

Sunday, April 16th, 2006
11:03 am
A snicker or two
Sent to me by a non-teaching friend. Enjoy.

LITTLE KNOWN MARITIME FACTS (as presented by some school children).

A number of primary schools were doing a project on "The Sea." Kids were asked to draw pictures or write about their experiences. Teachers got together to compare the results and put together some of the 'better' ones.

1. This is a picture of an octopus. It has eight testicles.
(Kelly age 6)

2. Some fish are dangerous. Jellyfish can sting. Electric eels can give you a shock. They have to live in caves under the sea where I think they have to plug themselves to chargers.
(Christopher age 7)

3. Oysters' balls are called pearls.
(James age 6)

4. If you are surrounded by sea you are an Island . If you don't have sea all around you, you are in continent.
( Wayne age 7)

5. I think sharks are ugly and mean, and have big teeth, just like Emily Richardson. She's not my friend no more.
(Kylie age 6)

6. A dolphin breathes through an asshole on the top of it's head.
(Billy age 8)

7. My uncle goes out in his boat with pots, and comes back with crabs.
(Millie age 6)

8. When ships had sails, they used to use the trade winds to cross the ocean. Sometimes, when the wind didn't blow, the sailors would whistle to make the wind come. My brother said they would be better off eating beans.
(William age 7)

9. I like mermaids. They are beautiful, and I like their shiny tails. How do mermaids get pregnant?
(Helen age 6)

10. When you go swimming in the sea, it is very cold, and it makes my willy shrink.
(Kevin age 6)
Monday, April 10th, 2006
7:03 pm
Why Teachers Retire Early
I put my back out last week, so I took Friday off school.

I left a test to be done by both classes, only to find a note in my inbox this morning telling me that, in class A, two of my 'sweethearts' had a fist fight in class while the horrified substitute teacher was trying to organise them.

This morning, I had meetings with TWO vice-principals... and, bitch that I am, I handed out a total of 10 detentions (and I'm not done) and one kid (the swinger) has been suspended for three days.


I hate playing bitch with a sore back. My performance was certainly not up to par. The kids were back to their usual normal fidgety selves within 35 minutes. I can usually get 50 out of them when I let fly.

I deal with the CLass B tomorrow. More detentions to hand out. Kids misbehaving during a test, etc.

Shit, they KNOW better.

I expect, as does the sub, that they will try a few things, but their behaviour Friday was totally unacceptable.

This is why we have trouble getting subs to come to the school, and this is why young teachers are 'retiring' so early...like five years after they begin.
Wednesday, January 18th, 2006
6:53 pm
Ideas and suggestions
This semester I am taking a course on adult literacy.

The person that I am with to help is an "older lady" who is mentally challenged and in a wheelchair. She is not even able to recite the alphabet.

I have taken several courses on teaching reading and problems in the reading classroom, but I have never actually taught a person how to read. I am very nervous about this because I want to do good and get her to be able to read! That would be the greatest thing I could ever accomplish... teaching this older woman how to read on her own.

I just need some ideas on how to go about doing this since I have never done it.

What kinds of things should I do with her? I am meeting her for the 1st time tomorrow afternoon.

Current Mood: nervous
Thursday, December 8th, 2005
2:26 pm
Two of my bright lights (read that last sarcastically) male students, aged 14 years old, have been suspended -- with several others -- for 5 days because they were caught smoking weed inside the school. Now then, it is merely due to the fact that the last week before holidays is filled with mind-term exams that an additional three days were not added due to where they got caught. Ready for this? They were smoking up inside the girls' change room.

Like no one is going to notice 7 guys sneaking into the girls' change room? Sigh. They can't even do bad well enough not to get caught!
Monday, November 28th, 2005
2:44 pm
3/4 split
any ideas or answers would be great.

i am applying for a position for a split class that consists of grade 3 and grade 4..

what are the advantages to teaching a split grade?

what are the disadvantages?

any tips for teaching a split grade?

does the teacher teach the core subjects and hand off other subjects to other teachers for prep time?

more specifically, how does one teach two classes/grades at once?
Monday, November 14th, 2005
7:41 pm
An amusing article for you all...
Severus Snape: One teacher’s hero.

On Friday, I got called to teach a class with 2 days notice. The class consisted of three excited students and one disaffected youth. *sigh*
Monday, November 7th, 2005
11:14 pm
first day of ccasional teaching???
got on the occasional teaching list
so wednesday is my first day to teach..
but i'm nervious, anxious and totally excited..
any suggestionss???
what do i bring?
where do I go?
what do i do?
6:44 pm
lotion advice?
hey this may seem kinda weird or maybe it's been asked... but I get really dry hands while teaching..you know, flipping through papers and stuff..

Does anyone know of any good hand lotions that keep them moisturized all day? I have tried the Suave brands from wal*mart but they don't last very long... a few seconds later and my hands are dry again...

thanks so much..

x-posted to a few...
4:25 pm
In need of advice...
To all you employed educators...Collapse )

x-posted everywhere

Current Mood: anxious
Saturday, October 29th, 2005
8:56 pm
Monday, October 24th, 2005
2:08 pm
Reasons why I am still teaching when the politics of it all drive me frelling crazy!

Since school began, I have been drilling and drilling my students on sentence structure, subject/verb agreements, gender and number agreements. Oh, I teach FSL to two grade 9s.

The kids have moaned and groaned about my taking marks away because of punctuation (lack thereof), spelling (in both languages!) and capitalisation (lack thereof yet again).

Needless to say, marks have reflected the fact that I am drilling concepts that they should have learnt years ago. Lots of failures. Sad faces. A lot of corrective drill (Write 25 times: les murs blancs, les chaises blanches).

Yes, as I have always told my students, I am 'mean, cruel, heartless and rigid'!

Well, I had the extreme pleasure of correcting compositions this past weekend. Out of 65 students, only 4 did not pass, and those 4 are easily within range. Sigh.

The real pleasure came this morning when I handed back the compositions, which theme was a repeat of an earlier work. The marks went up on average about 40%. No kidding.

Their eyes brightened, they chatted like crazy, not about their activities this past weekend, but about how much better they had done.

Now then, I wonder how long this enthusiasm for paying attention to their work will last, but this morning was a real high, for them and for me.
Sunday, October 23rd, 2005
8:16 pm
unit plan help
Hi guys. I am doing a unit plan on The Underground Railroad and Harriet Tubman, etc. I also need to tie in a lesson on Language Arts, Reading, Math & Science into my unit. I have some ideas but am looking to find some others. I am having trouble coming up with lessons dealing with slavery, etc. with Math & Science especially. For the Reading lesson, my CT gave me an idea to have the student's do sort of biographies of slaves. I am still trying to decide if that will work.

Here are the things that they will be learning in my 3 week placement there:

1. Math: bar graphs, pie graphs, multiplication tables
2. Language ASrts: Nouns, etc. My CT said they have a lot of trouble with singular and posessive nouns, so maybe I can find a way to tie that in.

And I'm not really sure about Science. They're Reading consists of the story of the week, which I don't have to use in my lesson. Instead I was thinking of finding novels for them to read about slavery, or maybe some historical fiction books they can read. I am trying to decide what I want to get out of that if I do it.

Any help here would be GREATLY appreciated.

Oh, BTW, this is for a 4th grade class. (title 1 math)

x-posted to several teaching communities.
Tuesday, October 18th, 2005
2:11 pm
Getting Personal

One of my students likes to make smart comments about my weight.  "You should buy low fat chocolate" or "Maybe you should skip lunch" or "It's good that you're drinking diet soda." 

Obviously I can't retort, but simply ignoring the behavior is not working (nor satisfying).  His behavior hasn't gotten to the point that I would write a referral, but I would like to hear other educators' ideas about how they would handle this.  Suggestions welcome!


x-posted to  urban_teachers , teacher_oasis , teaching , educators
[This if my first time posting to multiple communities, so if I didn't observe the proper protocol, just let me know.]

Current Mood: annoyed
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