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Monday, March 31, 2008
I have already signed my contract for next year (although it was 15 minutes late so I may not have a job!). The reason I signed is because I absolutely LOVE what I do. I have always enjoyed teaching and I love kids. I get so much joy knowing that I am passing on a love of mine to young eager minds. I also love knowing my schedule and never having to worry about not getting off a particular day to spend with my family. I have more time at home then I did before and, while I still experience stress, it's not so negative that I cry everyday on the way home!
Ill resign my contract this year because I love dealing most of the kids and I get to be home with my family now than I did when I was in law enforcement.
And as far as coming back to work for a new year? I TRULY LOVE WHAT I DO. I can honestly tell people (and I do, often) that I am getting more non-monetary rewards and good vibes back from this job more than any other. Of course, I still pursue my "dream job" of working for Lucas out at Skywalker Ranch and ILM....but other than that or mixing the next Platinum whatever, I'm here to stay. Of course, as long as I feel that my knowledge and age serve these kids 100%. Once I start to become "old news," I'll get out before I'm asked to leave! My main goal while I'm a teacher is to do right by the kids and once I feel that I'm not serving them, then it's "Crockett, out."
Initially, it was said APS would not pay for the students to go to Nationals this year. Last week we were told, APS will pay for the students to attend National. This was a surprise to us but also a BLESSING for the students attending.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
On another note, I'm becoming more involved in my school. I am on the superintendent's task force for ensuring we are a healthy school and a couple of days before break, I was asked to serve on the "Better Seeker Team" for next year. This is the administrative choice for a leadership team for the school. I hope these extra opportunities will allow me to have more of a voice and to become more of a change agent in my situation. I look forward to these new opportunities and a new school year.
When I return to school on April 7, we will only have 35 more days until graduation. This may sound crazy but I need more than the 35 days to adequately cover the remaining material. I will definately have to make some adjustments to get it all in there. This is all thanks to the "extra" activities that Steve referred to in his blog.
Yes - all this from the mouth of the "class clown". Believe it or not covering my material and making sure my students grasp that material is extremely important to me. Is there not a better way to get all these "necessary" items taken care of without distrubing the real reason we are there. Is it really necessary to have both end of course tests and graduation tests?
Several people have advised to leave school at school and enjoy home and family at home. That is excellent advice. I have been guilty of neglecting my family.
One teacher told me You don't bring your laundry from home to do at school, do you? So don't bring work from school to do at home. That is good advice too.
It's been hard for me to draw the line between home and work. It all just becomes a blur sometimes.
But next year I am going to do better.....
We saw you on the screeen today! We (Tracy, Esther, and I) were at the GPS Rollout workshop in Macon. We were looking at the monitor and there you were sitting next to a lady that was asking a question.
I waved at you! Ha! Ha! :)
Spring Break is coming up.
It's been extremely busy. Lots of long days.
But the light is definitely shining at the end of the tunnel!!! This year will be over before you know it...
Thursday, March 27, 2008
When I first learnt that I had to do NTI I was told it was just for the Summer,but after the first day I realized that it will not be for only the summer but for three semesters and over $6,000.00.
After learning of the cost I was wondering how am I going to pay for it, Just graduating from CSU with a large School Loan, I did not want to add another loan to it, so I have to dip into my savings account to pay for NTI.
What I do realize is that it is hard to get help from our Career Technology Department beacuse they are not interested about career technology , their position is just another job . Since this semester my Director e-mail all those who went through NTI wanted us (me of all person) to tell him about NTI saying he will not reveil who gave the info. did he think I am a snitch? I took the opportunity of replying to the e-mail by asking if the Career Technology Department could help the other two teachers and myself from Dekalb paying for NTI not to say he did not reply, maybe because I was not a snitch
. Looking on the up-side of NTI, NTI is of great help for me although I have my wife and daughter who are both teachers for whom I can bounce any classroom questions off.
Last but not lease I am now helping one HSTE teacher to start NTI in the summer, great for her I will be able to help her. I already told her not to make any plans for the month of June.
The second bit of advice I have is to be prepared, go into your class with the expectation to make an impact on at least one child's life, because you definately will not reach them all.
This way, you won't be so dissapointed in the variety of attitudes and levels of desires not to learn, that you won't quit and walk away from the opportunity to make a difference, even if it's ONE CHILD AT A TIME.
Finally, don't take any work home (PLAN FOR THIS), or as little as possible. You have a role at home and a role at school, KEEP THEM SEPERATED, so that you don't find youself giving more to your job than you give to your family. When this happens, you will soon after find yourself unable to give to your students, because of the situation you have created with your family.
This week has been one of my worst weeks yet since the beginning of the year. I have truly been exposed to the "cream of the crop" in a negative way. Tuesday started the nightmare with 3rd period. I was in a classroom that was created for students who failed Algebra I and have been tossed in to this class. Half of them are not even interested in doing math and don't care to work. They were loud, yelling across the room to each, combing hair in class, not even trying to learn. So, next class, 5th period, is 2x worse. I have a very diverse group in both classes, but this particular period, I have a black student that wants to use racial slurs towards an Pakistanian and they begin to battle, throw paper and all, tear up the lesson. It was a mess. I just told them that if they continued, I would write them up. Well they calmed down for a bit, but started back up. Wed., I am called to be the same teacher. Now I wanted to go home sick because I dreaded 3rd and 5th period. So, my strategy was plain and simple. I gave them a lecture (about life and how important it was for them to pass the class in order to graduate and become successful....) at the beginning of the class and explained to them some rules of the classroom while Mr. Condon was out. They didn't really like it, but understood clearly that severe consequences would follow if they acted up. It went much better and I actually didn't have to write anyone up. So this morning, when I arrive, I have another math teacher who has the same types of classes. You know I was already conditioned, but the kids weren't ready for me. 3 days in a row of poor discipline and unfocused students.
The kids are just "OUT OF CONTROL" and seem to not care about learning, being respectful and trying excel.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
1) You work 60 hours a week while almost everyone else works 40, so summer kind of evens it out.
2) I have talked to more parents about their children than Dr. Phil!
3) I have tip-toed around a variety of fellow staff members like I was running for president.
4) In this job, the more you do--the more they ask you to do.
5) I don't wear a watch anymore--I have bells to tell me where I need to be.
6) Students have better cell phones than I do (and they don't have a job)!
7) I've learned NOT to forget my lunch money as schools don't have ATM's.
8) I don't care what scientists say, there is something about full moons and student behavior!
9) I never get a good night's rest because I KNOW there is something I forgot to do for tomorrow's lesson.
10) Spring is the longest part of the year--could it possibly go any slower until spring break????
p.s. I wouldn't trade it for anything--I LOVE my job!
Friday, March 21, 2008
I had an AKITA she was nearly 11 years old. She was diagnosed with cancer of the spleen last spring. The doctor only gave her a few months to live....well, a year later the cancer ran its course...and she started to show signs and symptoms. We prepared our kids a year ago, but reality hit them this morning...my daughter (8 years old) was devastated!..she cried all last night and woke up this morning crying...my son(12 years old) was a little more understanding until he had to physically lift her(my dog) into the truck...he immediately broke down..My wife has been crying for two days....sad, sad sad, time.
I've never had a pet this long and although I made my peace with the decisions a year ago I was still hurt to see my family take it soo hard.
Her name was GABANA, and she was an excellent pet!...the house will not feel the same without her!
This experience is a first for me......all my dogs ran away when I was a kid!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
"If you could give just one piece of advice (just one) to a new T&I or HSTE teacher, what would it be?"
- You're not their friend , referring to students, you' re their teacher. (It's a fine line, different for every teacher but the line needs to be there.)
- Don't get excited when a student gets excited. (If it's a discipline issue things will only escalate.)
- Teaching is a marathon not a sprint. (If you make a huge deal out of every bump in the road you encounter in teaching, you'll burn out.) This one is my favorite.
And remember summer break is never more than 2 semesters away.
Thanks, Dr. Burns for a great class on Sat....
"If you could give just one piece of advice (just one) to a new T&I or HSTE teacher, what would it be?"
Everyday is different find your GROOVE and you style and go with the flow....and make sure you follow all the rules!!!!!!!!!!!
Would someone be so kind and send me the template for the score card/rating /checklist sheet.
I lost everything when my computer crashed and Dr. Burn's was unable to locate the template....
If you have time please forward it to email@example.com.
Thank you in advance
p.s. SPELL MY NAME RIGHT STEVEN....
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Glad to know that everyone made it home safe.........TAKE CARE and REDO those test!!!!!!
God is good!
I was just (and still am) amazed at how inept I was at giving tests. This class has opened my eyes SO much this past weekend. I am now obsessing over the test I am giving on Friday to my students. This all makes so much PRACTICAL sense to me and I wonder why I didn't get it before now (well, I know, it's because I didn't have Dr. Burns!) I am in my 3rd year of teaching and finally feel like I just *might* be "getting it". There is so much more I have to learn but I'm finally feeling a little more comfortable. A lot of that has been since Saturday. It was definately an eye opening experience!
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
The storm beat our cars to death...see, I was trying to get home from this little class in Alpharetta, and the bottom dropped out at about Six Flags. I said a prayer...which I'm sure, (because of the language I was using during the storm)didn't get much higher than the ceiling of my car and also proved to be the very reason the hail got bigger and faster. I became a six year old girl with the covers over my head but finally made it home. I used the day's notes that Julia took for me as an umbrella (Can anyone send a copy of the notes to me?) and got into the house. There I met...the most beautiful woman I have ever known... Deb"zilla"! She reminded me that she told me several times to pull over and find shelter; and I reminded her, that about the time her voice volume got higher than an air raid siren, I go deaf! Anyway, we're still very much in love...I still can't sit down from a big bite out of my @#$ and things are great. Hope every one is OK and remember...If you kiss and their lips are hot...they have Malaria!
Well the first day of clinical shadowing went without any issues and the Spelling bee was a Success!!! I was amazed at the show of our administrative team!! Our principal and most of all the AP's attended! It was awesome. The students did great. By the way, 3 of the top 4 were my students! oh yeah!!! The A&P teacher and myself are going to log in the hours we worked on the spelling bee as collab work. The breathing is a bit easier at this point. Can't wait till spring break!!
For everyone who has hit the "wall"- keep digging, but don't beat yourself up. I personally do not think that there is a "doofus" teacher in this NTI class, although there are probably a few at every school. Do the very best you can with what you have, and let the rough ends drag. Do not let it drive you crazy. ( I am already there, and the view isn't very good!)
Monday, March 17, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
I am doing o.k. I suppose. Not feeling too well today and decided to force myself to go to class. At any point, I want to share some of the thoughts that came to mind as I began thinking about the whole teaching profession. While writing my opening essay for my portfolio project, thoughts about my beliefs on teaching came quicker than I could write down on paper. I was overwhelmed at the amount of information I'd read within the last 6 months, the knowledge I've learned through NTI and the experience I've gained as a Stellar substitute. Since writing is a joy for me and English was my minor in college, (way back in the 80's) I thought this project would be fairly easy. Needless to say it took me much longer than I thought because of the information I had floating around in my head.
After carefully planning and evaluating my thoughts, I came up with the following thoughts: Teaching is a joy if you don't allow the bureaucracy and politics get to you, affect you or dictate to you. The teaching profession is vital to the growth of Americas economy, therefore change is inevitable in order to stay abreast in the 21st century. Teaching requires PATIENCE, PERSISTENCE AND PERSERVERANCE... And last but not least, you will either love or hate teaching and for those who are in between, work one day at any school and you will quickly decide. I guess what it all balls down to is whether you have thick enough skin to deal with it all and not have a stroke.
Overall, I believe teaching should be fun, realistic, and rewarding. I love engaging the students with powerful set inductions, presenting new ideas and allowing them to use their creativity. As teachers, we should have fun with the kids because after they graduate (hopefully) and go on to become successful and great adults, you will be remembered and your name should go down in history as the "GREATEST teacher ever". Thanks to NTI we will prevail!
Never Give up...
Friday, March 14, 2008
with some of the more street wise students. This student was throwing up gang signs in the cafeteria and trying to be "hard' and was about to be beat down before another student intervened. After speaking to this student and his mother about his behavior and the potential for him to be hurt , the student continued his behavior. On this past Wednesday, this student was " beat down' by some students. Some of his classmates informed me of the incident, the next day. Today this student came to take his final exam. He had 2 black eyes, bruised nose and missing teeth. He attempted to hide his face from me but it was impossible . My heart went out to him and I asked him is this what he expected ( gang wise ). His answer was no. It is really sad to see this, especially when you have tried to help prevent a situation of this nature. I am really looking forward to Spring break, in a couple more week.
I am having issues that I have never had to deal with before and I'm lost. I have one student who claims she had a heart attack last week. There is NO WAY in *&$$ that she did and be able to come back to school so soon. On top of that, there is no documentation from the hospital in these regards. The past two days, she's had panic attacks. She calls these "heart attacks". So of course, I've been dealing with that drama. Her sister stirs up the pot too and gets my class all upset when she comes in and says that is what has happened (they are in the same class with me). They are out of district kids who I wish would just disappear. I don't have time for their drama.
Then, I have started a program with my students on the www.walkgeorgia.org website. It's great and fun! The only "problem" now is that the kids want to exercise the whole class period and not do their work. I'm having a hard time getting them to do their work. I want them to exercise because most of them don't outside of school, yet I have things that I have to do at the same time.
If that wasn't enough, I have a class where it is "whites" against "blacks". I clueless as to how to deal with this. I took it to my AP yesterday and told him he could handle it. I can't even teach that class for all the racial issues in there between the students. I spend more time telling them to be quiet than I do teaching. It's getting worse too. One girl tries to take over the class and I have to be extremely careful with her. I don't want to "push her buttons" so to speak and have it erupt into more than it already is. She's also trying to claim that I'm a racist. How fun.
Well, on a positive note, I look forward to class tomorrow. I think we should all start class with a big group hug. LOL
Anyways, highlights of my week................ caught a student in my first period class completely high, completely messed up my advisement, had my wife fix my advisement mistakes (now I owe her), had 1/3 of my students out of class of Graduation Test Remediation (how do I effectively teach when my students are missing), lost my wallet and of course "broke" my arm.
Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday!!!!!!!!!!
Thursday, March 13, 2008
And then I have a chat with myself and I find the positive things that happened in the day. Even if the only positive thing I can find is that the day finally ended, at least there was something positive to focus on. Overall, I do enjoy teaching. I love having a class and sharing and interacting with students. I guess I just get frustrated some days..... And some days I don't love them..... And I'm sure they don't love me either on those days....
I feel like my first day of NTI class starts this Saturday.......
I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy.....
If it wasn't for the suggestion(this summer) from our instructors to get a zip file to work with in the computer lab...I would go and SWANN DIVE off the nearest BRIDGE!!! because I have three or four things on my zip(they are useless at this stage of the game but I know I might need them next year)
THIS SUCKS PEOPLE.........with a capital "S"!
The Blog i sent out last week about 'building your foundation'...well my foundation has just been DESTROYED......This is by far the worst situation I have ever been in as a teacher....
I've lost lesson plans, documents, templates, powerpoints, forms, activities, handouts....EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!
I only have a few things save to my zip, and disc......the rest is in Computer Heaven!!!!
The smarty pants guys from IT in the County even ruined my "U Drive"......I swear to ya'll that I feel like finding another profession....
Keep in mind that I have been in the classroom for three/four years so the 'foundation' I was trying to build is NOW RUIN...I have to start back at square one...
I had to e-mail Mortissa to get the link to this BLOG....I am wiped out!!!!!....
They just returned my computer today!......the riff raff in the IT department said they would be able to put my documents, programs, etc.. on a disc to save most of the stuff........well, they area ll LIARS!!!!!!!
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
I spoke with the Work Based Learning coordinator and asked him to go and speak with the company officials because I could see the people at the company were losing interest fast. Many well meaning people say they would love to help our kids but when the "rubber meets the road" so to speak it is a big commitment to deal with special needs kids. People want the fulfillment of helping others but don't want the sacrifice and commitment. Anyway, the Work Based Learning coordinator came to the company called me into an office told me all this stuff I was doing wrong, in front of the company staff. I had to go to meetings that were documented and explain why I wasn't doing this or that at WBL. I basically got raked over the coals because I was trying to be proactive and make the Work Based Learning site a better learning environment for my students.
I realized in education sometimes there is an environment where every one is just covering their self, as was the WBL coordinator and the students needs were somewhere down on the list of priorities and I was bitter and appalled. It was the low point of my first year.
This year The coordinator told me we had a problem. Someone reported that one of my students was not using a saw safely at the work site. (not true) I welcomed the challenge. I questioned the person's qualifications who made the claim and reminded the coordinator of my own, I had lessons using the tool in question offering documentation of my students abilities to use the tools, and emailed anybody that mattered about how I had addressed the issue.
I realized after doing all this stuff that I had learned how to "play the game" that one sometimes has to do to be successful as a teacher. The scary thing is I kind of liked it. Sorry this is so long.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
I am excited and I think it will be a great success and a lot of fun.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Every teacher in the classroom should know something about the Cognitive, Psychomotor, and Affective domains of learning. The emphasis in most schools today seems to be the Cognitive domain, since they spend so much time dealing with the SAT or the HSGT. Several of our High Schools are using a multidisciplinary curricula which allows the students to develop their Psychomotor skills, such as music and drama. Not much attention is given to the Affective domain which deals with the student's attitude and values. After looking into the different domains you will realize why most students, especially those in high schools that are full of attitudes without values.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Then there's what defines "Bullying". The popular thought is that it's just a natural part of high school life; that some Senator who was pushed into the girl's restroom too many times legislated against; what should be a fun time for all. I countered left...broke right, fell ,then got up and retorted..." If you're a Bully, then you are a Tyrant to the Weak, and a Coward to the Strong!" (OK...Got that one out of some fortune cookie).
We then debated on one of the three subjects you should never argue.... that's right... Student Character. I asked..."If you heard your best friend say... "Something big is going to happen tomorrow..I wouldn't be around if I were you..." would you turn him in? The answer was in four part harmony with a little hog callin in there some where..."No!". I then asked..."if you saw this same best friend kissing your girlfriend, would you interrupt?"...again, and just as loud..."Yes!". I then asked...if you found a $20 bill on the floor of the restroom, would you bring it to me to turn in? I ducked and heard..."NO!". Just as it was beginning to be my belief that if honor and character were wrapped in a Pop-Tart" and tossed to my second period it would hit the floor for some mangy Dalmation to eat...little Dominique W. signaled a fair catch, stepped forward and caught it! Small, obviously poor, and very quietly and after everyone had left for lunch, she handed me money she had found on her way to class. Add now, a 5th time I always cry has been added ..."Waking up with a woman who really loves me!"Old Yeller", "Brian's Song", "Hoosiers" and now..."Little Dominique".
We are having an Honors night May 1st. I have submitted her as the student with the Most Outstanding Character. Kinda teary- eyed right now so I'll just leave with my nomination of JuJuan as.." Aw sucks...forget it...I can't clean it up enough... See you guys soon.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Although academics are divided, the general observation of both sexes in the classroom at the middle school level suggest that girls are quicker off the mark.
During the high school level what I observe is how boys and girls engage in different kinds of learning experiences ,and the interest they show in these activities. One important thing I do learn from this observation is that boys are more action -oriented .
Since most of us are in the high school settings, next time ,observe your class when they are required to take notes or copy something from the chalkboard, the girls are more likely to obey, because of this girls tends to pay more attention and be more focus than boys on academics therefore they tend to be better learners.
Well, what I have really come to learn in the past year, is that I have some type of 'Magic Power" within me, to make all the kids love me, even the ones that I am mean to. I can't seem to get them away from me. I must say that it has a lot to do with what O'Connor said in his post, you have to build trust with your students, to the point where they will work, just because they believe its for you not for them to graduate.
My administrators have started calling me or sending students to my office to handle their discipline issue, because these crazy kids are in the office telling the administrators that they not talking to anyone except Ms. Barnes, or send me to Ms. Barnes room and I will do my work. REMEMBER, I don't even like teenagers, why won't they leave me alone..AAAAHHHHHHH!!!! LOL
Oh yeah, one thing I learned as recently as today is that if you dont work toward your certification as you are supposed to and have plenty of time to......your contract goes POOOOF! This is not a personal issue of mine, but I seen it second hand so dont get too far behind, you might be bagging groceries for a living.
This goes out to everyone, but I think the HSTE folks might be especially interested in this news story that was featured in today's Atlanta Journal Constitution. The story is about a girl whose autism has been linked to childhood vaccines. Click here to read up on this.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
I've learned that when teachers are ineffective, they try to cover up and try to make others look bad. However, I will not hold a grudge, because she isn't worth it and life if too short.
Overall I have learned that being an effective teacher requires patience in dealing with students who will test your last drop of patience, other teachers who didn't attend NTI and think they know it all and lazy Administrators. I've learned that when others see your level of expertise, they become threatened by your professionalism and capabilities. I've learned that the Administration is vital to the success of a school and that even if they don't acknowledge your emails, never give up. I've learned that persistence overcomes resistance. I say all of that to say that it has been a real journey working as a Stellar sub in this school and I'm thankful for the experience given. I know that God has given me this position because He is preparing me for the next level in life. I've learned to toughen up and never let your feelings get in the way. At the end of the day, we still have loved ones who think the world of us....
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Now about the students, I have learned that if you treat them with respect, they will treat you with respect. If you take the time to help them, they will make an effort to complete work. If you show them that you genuinely care for them, they will do anything to make you proud.
..It's building your foundation...Let me explain.....We have learned sooo much from NTI and each other, but I am willing to bet that EXPERIENCE(itself) was the best tool we encountered...in other words...jumping into the fire, getting your feet wet,etc....I have notice that the first three to four years of teaching is the deciding factor of how you will run and finish the race(humor the sport analogy..smile)....if you have a slow(unproductive) start in those years than chances are that you will have to dig down deeper to catch up with the pack in front of you...however, you you get a fast(productive) start in those years than you may lead the pack or at least be in the race....
The first few years are to develop, build,strengthen your foundation...such as Lesson planning, activities, getting familiar with curriculum, creating yearly procedures done in the classroom, gathering useful resources,videos,slides,overheads, field trips, school activities, bus duty, hall duty, staff meetings, overall TIME MANAGEMENT!...these are some of the things that have to become...what I call a "NORMAL COURSE OF BUSINESS"...and frankly we are all still green..and our foundation is not yet complete...but we are building!!!!!!
I say this(in keeping with the original topic of the blog) that I have learn about myself this year that..."Every man has a plan until he gets hit".....~MIKE TYSON
We are still a little daze from hits of being in a REAL classroom with students, as oppose to sitting in classroom being instructed on how to deal with students...
Imagine if we didn't have NTI.........can you say first round knockout!..ha
The most important thing I have learned about my students is that they just want someone to show that they really care about them. I find myself looking after the students that have been labeled as "bad", but I seem to get through to them. They will come to class and work for me when they won't for others. This really makes me feel like I am making a difference in their lives. At our school, they seem to focus on the students who are at the top or our athletes and the students in the middle or at the bottom get left out, those are the students that I seem to reach and make sure I make extra time for them. Sometimes when our students are acting our, they are looking for attention and instead of them going somewhere getting negative attention, I want to be that positive person in their lives. So, I try to make myself available to them as much as possible.
Monday, March 3, 2008
So I have made a big effort to just RELAX. And go with the flow. Life happens and I usually end up OK, so why have I been wasting so much precious energy and time being uptight and worrying?
I have learned that most of the best teachers at my school are the ones who just go with the flow. And the students love them! And the students are more open to learning in those classrooms. I'm learning....
Well where do I begin? I had a week similar to Tracys, but not quite as bad. Last week I suffered with a bad sinus infection, went to the doctor and got meds, and still am not feeling 100% myself. I also started the "Exceptional Child" class on the same day and was totally out of it. My head hurt so bad and I couldn't breath out of my nose. I know that this all comes from lack of rest because the human body can takebut so much before it begins to break down. On top of missing a day and not feeling well, Ms. Hayden came to visit me on Friday morning. I still felt terrible but had to endure and do the best I could. All went well and Ms. Hayden was impressed with my lesson plan and presentation. She was pleasurable to work with and gave me valuable pointers for my job search. "Thanks so much Ms. Hayden"!
On another note, the "Exceptional Child" course is interesting and I now have another load on my plate. Our homework was to research websites that offered teaching strategies for students with ADD. I found ldonline.org to be very helpful and so my homework is complete. I think I might enjoy the class but it is long (4:30-9:30) and after 5PM my mind begins to shut down. The instructor will have to be interesting to keep me up. One good thing was she let us out at 8PM, hopefully this will be the norm.
The video we watched during our last NTI class was "GREAT". I truly liked the message on poker chips and how we as teachers can give or take them away. I have thought about that message when disciplining my own girls. I think that if we remember the importance of our students having poker chips, we will be better educators overall and perhaps our students will learn from our example.
The next bill considered is one that requires Body Mass Index (BMI) testing of each student at the beginning and at the end of each school year. The bill, SB 506, requires that the results be reported in aggregate to the Department of Education's Coordinator of Education. Each school is also required to provide at least the minimum instruction in physical education prescribed by the State Board of Education. Data collected (in aggregate, by school) will be included on the DOE web site, and a school that does not provide the data or does not meet the physical education instruction requirement shall be designated by the state board as an "unhealthy school zone" or similar designation.
After considerable discussion -- and a failed attempted amendment -- regarding eliminating sugar in schools, the bill received a Do-Pass as amended. the amendment requires that the BMI testing be conducted be "confidential."
Sunday, March 2, 2008
It has made me so sad. What happened that could cause a kid to do something so horrific? I guess we don't know what all was going on in this kid's life, or what kind of home situation he might have had. I hope the news will tell us the motive.
I guess this kid was completely out of Poker Chips, huh?