Saturday, December 13, 2014

Six word Saturday

You think I don't see cheating.

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You copied off another paper, but you think I don't see it. And that I don't see your eyes wander constantly.

You think you are getting away with something.

What you don't realize is that you - and others - have made it too difficult to hold you accountable.

When you have been given detentions - you bat your eyes at the administrators and get out of it. Or you have your mama burn up the phone lines complaining that you are being picked on.

You have been sold a bill of goods that your looks are enough. Or that "it isn't really cheating" because the Atlanta teachers are saying that and it makes the news.

Your friends have been pulled out of a real class with a real teacher to be given on line classes so you think your education should be as easy.

It is certainly as meaningful.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Headline in the AJC - Former Atlanta teacher: No one said cheating was wrong

And the sad thing is this woman probably believes that.

Today a group of students was caught cheating and had to write confessions. They probably saw nothing wrong in the behavior either.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Six Word Saturday

She is out of your league.

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I teach several classes of all boys and the dynamics are so different than class of all girls or classes with both.

You deal with the smelly things, the anger things - but I love it when they show their tender side to each other (because of course it is not puppies and kittens but barbed wire and handgrenades - with smiles and elbows).

One boy was talking about his girlfriend and what he had bought her for Christmas because he is very proud of himself and wanted to show it off.

Another has a girlfriend at another school so he finally showed us her picture - to comments of "She is our of your league."

He showed me the picture and I asked if she had vision problems - and then we both smiled and recognized the comments for what they are - ya done good and we are proud of you.

The entire conversation would have been so different in a mixed group. (And yes, I am female but I am the teacher so it doesn't count)

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Six Word Saturday

I want a kinder, gentler nation.

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And, since it is the season, I want it to begin with me. Clean my own corner, put out my own Lamp - and shine.

Monday, November 24, 2014

I need a pencil (2)

I am still amazed that because you choose to teach EVERYONE seems to think it is ok that the teacher provides pencils, paper, tissue, and other supplies and that it is not unreasonable for the student to ask for binders, snacks, money.

The note on the previous post ("Here's a trick for the few trouble makers, crying to be heard, I'd place a container on my desk with pencils- and a not?- "use for class put back after" of course there will still be that one child that will find some other silly random excuse.") - really? What makes you think I haven't tried that, only to find the pencils thrown on the floor, at other students, or broken and thrown away.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Six word Saturday

"I need a pencil. What are YOU going to do about it?"

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OK, more than 6 words. And both sentences were from one person.

When did it become the teacher's responsibility to provide everything? Again, not a new rant, but the students this year are even more needy and rude, and the school is providing even less.

Again, why not. If I can spend less money knowing the slack will be picked up someplace else, why not save my money?

If the student can do nothing and know the pressure will be applied to the teacher and not to her. Why not?

If the parent can provide no support and know the teacher will pick it up. Why not?

If the school system can provide no books and promise paper for copying (but not deliver) - why not? We will punish the teacher if the students don't learn.

Looked into retirement this week. I can retire the end of this year. Or teach another 5. I just don't know. (and for God's sake do not waste your time telling me I should take my shitty attitude and quit. That is a pointless and obnoxious thing to do. I am very good at what I do and I enjoy 90% of it. It is this 10% that I cannot control that annoys me.)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

AJC: Teacher Evaluations

The AJC just published an article about Georgia's teacher evaluations.

First, I hate AJC's new format. The comments are placed in alphabetical (by commenter) order so you cannot follow the conversation.

Let's see. I am going to be judged in large part by how well my students do. The longer I teach I find a larger and larger group who refuses to do any work and then are appalled that they fail the test. And what am I (the teacher) going to do to fix it? That is the cry from the administration, the parents, the students, the district, the state, the federal government.

Add to that, that this year all of my classes will take the Georgia Milestones (the new name for the new test measuring the new math course for the new teacher evaluation). That would be the Georgia Milestones that will measure the student growth on which I am to be evaluated. The same Georgia Milestones that do not count for students this year because they will not be scored in time.

And of course, since they will not count for the students, the students will put forth their best effort on the test.

Wait, if they won't come back in time for the students, how will they come back in time for the teachers?

Keep them engaged - unless I can figure out how to do all my teaching in 144 character segments via twitter, I have no idea.

I teach the shrinking minority who want to learn and encourage the others to go take online classes. I mean, if you can finish all the parts of a year long course in 2 weeks, you obviously have gotten the same thing out of it that you would in a year-long course, meeting every day, and doing the course work as required.