Suzie (and other Teachers!)

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Mon, 09-14-2009 - 9:06pm

So Suzie and I were totally hijacking the PG pic thread to talk about teacher stuff, so I figured I would start a separate thread and invite others to jump in and talk about school!

Here is the last thing Suzie said:

"That sounds great! Its always nice to have a more peaceful start!

I have great kids this year! My Spanish classes have a great students and good mixes of those students. I have a student teacher, so I started off feeling like everything was taking forever because I had to explain so much to him. Now, we're in a groove and things are flowing smoothly. I (already!) did my first set of grades tonight. We do interims every three weeks- I couldn't believe that we're already that far in. It feels like we started a week ago!

My only complaint is that I'm teaching a 6th grade reading class for kids reading 3 or more grades below grade level. I have them last block of the day and they are exhausted and these are the kids who often act out. I'm not supposed to be doing my own planning; they are using me more as a resource teacher and I'm supposed to help them to complete work they don't finish in language arts. Its very frustrating because I'm not used to teaching someone else's stuff, especially when its not in my specialty area. The crazy thing is that there is a 6th grade Spanish class that the SPED teacher is teaching during that time! Oh well, we're only a few weeks in so I'm sure things will get better. "

Suzie,

That is crazy that you are teaching resource last period and the Sped teacher is teaching Spanish! WTF? Do you think your school just didn't realize they could switch you? I work in a charter school and we have a lot of say over what we do, so if I were in your position I would just talk to the Sped teacher and see if she wanted to switch classes with you . . . and if she did, you could maybe approach your principal (or vice, idk who you would go to) and ask if it was okay with them. I just feel like that is the weirdest thing.

But regardless, I totally relate to how exhausted the kids are at the end of the day. I almost always have classes at the end of the day--though, thankfully, I have different groups of kids each day and then have them earlier in the day throughout the week, so I see them at least some of the time when it's not last period.

Anyway, we have open house tomorrow and I am really nervous. I have to make up something to hand out to the parents and plan out what I will say. It is only 8 minutes for each group of parents but last year it was 8 mins and I had like a three page packet about the class and I finished after 5 mins, and no one had questions and I was like WTF, and was so nervous and scared. This year it will hopefully be better since it's not my first year but I am still TOTALLY FREAKED OUT. Luckily tomorrow is my super easy day, I only have two classes, so I have plenty of time to plan before and hang up posters and stuff. Sigh.

Anyway, if there are any other teachers out there (and I know there are!), you guys should chime in and chat with us about school! ;-)


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Mon, 09-14-2009 - 9:40pm

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Fri, 09-18-2009 - 7:55am

Hi teachers!! you really are a mojority in this board!


I'm still not one of you, but hopefully I will someday sooner than later. So I have a question... It's about discipline.


What do you think is the most important thing in you attitude to make your students respect you?


(Once I start teaching, it will probably be in an age range between 12yo and 17yo.)


I'm asking you this because I've seen and heard of enough horror stories about teenagers in schools, and although I don't want to be one of those "nazi teachers" everyone is scared of, I also want them to respect me.

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Sat, 09-19-2009 - 6:56pm

Julie,

Sorry it took me so long to respond, this week was insane for me! That is really nice you are only working two or three days a week--even last year when I was .5, I was still there daily because they couldn't work my schedule to be there some days and home some days. :-P I would LOVE that when I have LOs!

Open House went fine, I realized I knew more of the parents than I thought because of older siblings and having the 8th graders last year, so it wasn't that nerve-wracking.

The rest of the week was so exhausting I can't even get into it--but I might post about it after a few more days of recovery, LOL.


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Sat, 09-19-2009 - 7:02pm

What do you think is the most important thing in you attitude to make your students respect you?

Not unlike parenting, consistency and mutual respect. Set meaningful consequences and follow through every time.

Most importantly, build relationships with them. Once they know that you love and care about them, they will do anything for you (or at least try hard). If they think that you don't like them, or if they can tell they annoy you, then you lose them.

I also think it is important to be honest with them and let yourself be a little vulnerable. I am open with them about my weaknesses and understanding of theirs, while also pushing them to improve and focus on what is important.

No matter how much advice you get, though, the first year is EXTREMELY difficult. I constantly thank my lucky stars that I was half time for my first year--it seems like I have less work this year and I am .8 . . .

During your first year, don't let yourself feel like a failure if you see yourself making mistakes and your classroom management leaves something to be desired. Just focus on learning and getting better, and try not to take it out on the kids when you are frustrated.


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Sat, 09-19-2009 - 7:52pm

What do you think is the most important thing in you attitude to make your students respect you?


I agree with all of what Adrienne said... being a good teacher is so very similar to good parenting.

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Sat, 09-19-2009 - 9:23pm

Julie,


I was wondering how the job sharing was going for you!!

-Suzie :)

 

 

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Sat, 09-19-2009 - 9:32pm

Adrienne,


I'm glad BTSN went well for you!

-Suzie :)

 

 

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Sat, 09-19-2009 - 9:46pm

What do you think is the most important thing in your attitude to make your students respect you?


The other ladies gave great responses here!

-Suzie :)

 

 

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Sun, 09-20-2009 - 4:44pm

Suzie-

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Mon, 09-21-2009 - 3:53pm
Thanks girls!
Your advice makes a lot of sense! I've actually been in front of a classroom before... in my church's youth groups, and now that I think, I instinctively did all that you suggested. It's just that a high school mandatory class is not the same as a church's purely elective activity... But I guess like you said, it's all a matter of attitude, and as my mom used to say "kids smell fear". ;)
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