Back to School in Full Swing

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Fri, 09-07-2012 - 3:55pm

Now that school is pretty much back in full swing around the country (my kiddo started yesterday), what are some things you're aiming to do differently this year? Any special organizational ideas? Have you been scooping up ideas from pinterest? (I have a few teacher friends who I've seen pinning ideas.) Here's something I wish my kid's teacher would have done:

http://www.teachkidsart.net/tunnel-books/

My kiddo isn't a fan of art but we could have worked on this together and did some art and writing work. :smileyhappy:


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Sun, 09-09-2012 - 10:04am

I think my original question has been perceived not as I had meant. :smileyhappy: I was really asking if you were doing anything different as far as how you were handling things in the class such as organizing things (I don't expect teachers to deter from their teaching methods as I know there are specific ways to do certain things). I was hoping to get a conversation going that could give other teacher's some ideas. :smileyhappy: You know, what works for you, what hasn't, what you're going to try this year that's different, etc. Like I said, I was just tossing pinterest out there as a jumping point as I have teacher friend's who are always pinning teaching ideas/organization info. And my mother is a teacher and is always working on new ways to do things. I'm sure there are a ton of other, non-pinterest sites out there with info as well. :smileyhappy:

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Sun, 09-09-2012 - 9:51am
Sherry is right. The focus is on THE TEST and if something isn't going to raise test scores, it's hard to justify doing it. More and more states are basing evaluations and pay on the test. I don't have the luxury of risking that. In addition, we've had a curriculum director for the past several years who is very much set on everyone doing things her way. She retired, but her influence remains.

I also don't use Pinterest. Everyone talks about how wonderful it is, but I just see it as something else to be addicted to.
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Sun, 09-09-2012 - 8:47am

Hi Sherry - 

That's a shame. My child's school must be a bit different as they've always done different things and incorporated teaching in different ways and my teacher friends incorporate ideas as well (also in the disctrict). 

Pinterest isn't all about just different teaching methods, there are some ideas to help with organizational things from a teacher's standpoint (i.e., how to sort books, create an 'were you absent?' box). I don't pin them myself, but my teacher friend's pin them (which is how I see them, lol!). I was wondering if anyone spotted a new way to do something like that, etc.

Thanks for sharing. You've obviously very passionate!

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Sat, 09-08-2012 - 2:52pm
We've been back since August 10 so everyone has pretty much settled into a routine

There is now very little teachers can do to change curriculum and basic content methodology in their classroom. Teachers are pressed to get the test scores at the expense of creativity, problem solving and activities that are engaging and motivational. If they don't get the scores their pay and job are in jeopardy thanks to politicians who know nothing about real education and education "leaders" who want their 15 minutes of fame.

The teachers had a Pinterest training session last spring, but few felt they had time to search and pin content. Even if they do it is unlikely they would have time to use it if it does not directly teach a tested skill in the format used on the test. Content, methods and assessment have become very formatted and pretty inflexible thanks to the demands to get test scores over everything else.

The idea in the link is cute but it would take time away from instruction on a tested skill.

Sherry