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Hey teacher buddies
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Wed, 09-22-2004 - 5:10pm
Hi teacher buddies:

I've been without a computer for a week...gee I didn't realize how much I rely on it. Also, with this hurricane stuff things are out of sorts for us, but we're managing to get back into the swing of things. Hopefully there will be no more hurricanes for us on the horizon. I almost have to say I miss my snow storms from up north, but NO I do not.

Anyway, the year is into full swing and I have a great group of kids. I have really settled into them visa versa. Biggest problem is apathy. Even for an honors group of kids. I assign homework last Friday with anticipation of doing it on Monday, but we got backed up etc. and we didn't start til today with it. The exercise was cut out an editorial article in the newspaper. We're going to practice writing an editorial for a contest. Anyway, don't you know that six of them were unprepared and didn't have their articles. Luckily several other students had extra, which was good because they could not do the in class exercise without the article. For the most part I'm not crazy with homework, but this was just sheer laziness and I wanted to pull my hair out and scream ugh! So, I had this discussion about apathy and how if you are unprepared for school...you'll be unprepared for life blah blah blah - I'm sure that's what they heard. Okay, well...if anyone has any great pill or advice to give them to reduce their apathy - love to hear it.

Well, hope all are well!!!

D

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Wed, 09-22-2004 - 7:56pm
Hi there foxi:

First of all, noone has a cure for apathy. It totally depends on how much the parent gets on the students about homework. Now, there are tons of things that I do. First, I send notes home in a newsletters when homework is given and that it will be counted towards their grade. Also, the students lose certain priviledges if homework is not turned in. Also, I give "surprise, on the spot rewards" to students who do bring it in. Also, I put homework as a seperate category on their report cards and if they get a low grade in homework, they are not on the Honor Roll. Yes, I cleared this with my principal. I mean it isn't too much for these children to do a little extra at home. They want to be embarrassed or upset when they can't grasp things like other kids, but DO NOTHING ACADEMIC OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL. Also, this is a parent issue. If the parent doesn't keep on their child, it won't get done. Anywhoo, take care and I am glad you have made it through all the storms. Good luck this year. Keep us posted.

GT33

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Wed, 09-22-2004 - 11:54pm

I have a magic wand and some fairy dust. Just wave and sprinkle!


Seriously, motivation has to come from within.

Sherry

 

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Thu, 09-23-2004 - 7:02am
Excellent point...actually, I gave them the freedom to choose. I agree with you, if they find it relevant than they'll put more effort into it. That's what's frustrating...they didn't even try. One kid found a great article about Howard Stern and the first ammendment. It was great and interesting AND he liked reading it - very cool stuff. It's funny sometimes I feel like a stand up comic - entertainer at the front of the room doing my song and dance to get them interested and excited - I don't mind because it's in my nature to be a ham. Does anyone else feel this way too?

D

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Thu, 09-23-2004 - 4:24pm
First of all Sherry, the angry icon is not for you, I REPEAT THE ANGRY ICON IS NOT FOR YOU. What the angry icon is for are the students who have to do things that interest them and can never step out of the box and learn something new. Personally....

Relating experiences to prior knowledge and backgrounds is starting to get a little old for me. Although, I still do it. You can't teach every based on the students interest and background knowledge. These kids are so limited in their thinking and experiences that if I did teach to their interests, I would be teaching RAP MUSIC AND SPORTS ALL DAY LONG. Not trying to be a jerk about this at all (oh by the by to the lurkers reading this, I am black) See....

It just gets my goat. All foxinsox told them was to bring in an article. Anything. Heck get a newspaper, find an article, read it once to say you looked over it and bring it in. It was a simple assignment. It just bugs the crap out of me that they are like that. For example....

There are tons of things I like to watch on t.v and different types of magazines I like to read. Sure, I tend to gravitate towards things that interest me too, but every now and then, I think out of the box and watch something or read something new. Finally.....

To me the difference in a brilliant person and a person of average intelligence is experiences. They have had a large extended wealth of experiences and are avid readers. I would personally like for these students (my students too) too step it up a TASTE and do something that they AREN'T FAMILIAR WITH.

GT33

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Thu, 09-23-2004 - 5:44pm

I get what you're saying and agree. I offered that tidbit of wisdom because she was looking for an idea

Sherry

 

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Sat, 09-25-2004 - 6:24pm
Yes, I did read her post, I was just making a statement in general. I get so sick of being blamed for the students APATHY. They aren't learning cause they don't want to learn in some instances, but then the teacher gets blamed for NOT TEACHING, when really the students weren't LISTENING. UGH!!! Take care and you know I love you!!

GT33