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)