Saturday, January 24, 2015

Six Word Saturday

Nothing to fear but fear itself.

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I was talking with an long term friend yesterday and the friend, as usual (unfortunately) was doing her usual litany about fear.

She has bundled her children up in long sleeves and big hats since they were little because she is afraid of skin cancer.

She proselytizes about the danger of vaccines because she is worried about vaccines causing autism.

She is constantly saying she is afraid of this or that - going into the city, driving, her children being out, her children being home, getting old, being alone, staying with the man who loved her - I have no idea how she functions.

And I wonder how often I let fear limit my own life - that I don't do something because I am afraid I will look stupid or awkward or not do it well.......

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Six word Sunday

I am in a better place.

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I am liking this year so much more than last year. Not perfect, but heaven by comparison.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Disrespecting professional judgment

Once again, Schools Matter has a thought provoking article.

Teachers can be replaced by tests they are not privy to and therefor cannot teach to.

Knowing this child has been thrown out of his house and is living with various friends, or this one is working to support his mother who lost her job - WHILE attending high school, or this one battles diabetes, or this one is doing the best she can with the hand she was dealt - know all that, the test can tell you more about what they have learned than I can?


Six Word Saturday

Learn from mistakes or be stunted.

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OK. The grade you earned was not what you wanted. Maybe it was failing, maybe just not high enough for your goals.

You have been told repeatedly that in order to change the grade, your behavior has to change. Turn work in on time. Stop talking during instruction. Put your phone up. Take notes. Practice.

My expectations are not changing.

Yours may have to.

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)