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strangenewclassrooms:

hisnamewasbeanni:

Pamphlet = “pamp-let”Sean = “seen”Nauseous = “nor-see-us”

True story, in 6th grade I first met my classmate Sean. I called him “Seen”

I mispronounced vaguely while reading The Outsiders out loud in grade 8.  Everyone laughed, I turned bright red and I have not mispronounced it since.
When my students read aloud, I am hyper aware of difficult words that may be coming in the text and squash any students’ reaction to mispronunciation instantly.

strangenewclassrooms:

hisnamewasbeanni:

Pamphlet = “pamp-let”
Sean = “seen”
Nauseous = “nor-see-us”

True story, in 6th grade I first met my classmate Sean. I called him “Seen”

I mispronounced vaguely while reading The Outsiders out loud in grade 8.  Everyone laughed, I turned bright red and I have not mispronounced it since.

When my students read aloud, I am hyper aware of difficult words that may be coming in the text and squash any students’ reaction to mispronunciation instantly.

(Source: sarahseeandersen)

End of First Full Week Exhaustion

It is 8:30pm on a Friday night.  I’m already in my pyjamas and I’m just waiting for the dishwasher to finish so I can get a clean mug and make a mug brownie to eat while I watch Stardust.  Two very long days do not make a very good start to the weekend.  Hoping that chocolate and De Niro in a dress help me to make it to what resembles a normal bedtime for an adult.

Reflective Teaching Questions: A Challenge For Teachers

mrsjdr:

TeachThought is doing a reflective teaching blog challenge for the month of September. I thought of my edupeeps here on tumblr and encourage you to jump in anytime and participate as much or as little as you like. If you, tag your post #reflectiveteaching

I also encourage those of you who are not classroom teachers to also participate, and to morph the questions as needed to join in. I know I sometimes have a hard time engaging in these kinds of things now that I’m out of the classroom, which causes me to feel a bit disconnected from my previous identity and the communities I once thrived on, but I’m getting better at breaking the rules to make things less exclusionary when I need to ;)

I think I might try to answer the ones that speak to me, and will do a mix of micro-blog, blog, and vlog posts depending on my mood and which will serve my purpose at the time.

Day 1
Write your goals for the school year. Be as specific or abstract as you’d like to be!

Day 2
Write about one piece of technology that you would like to try this year, and why. You might also write about what you’re hoping to see out of this edtech integration.

Day 3
Discuss one “observation” area that you would like to improve on for your teacher evaluation.

Day 4
Respond: What do you love the most about teaching?

Day 5
Post a picture of your classroom, and describe what you see–and what you don’t see that you’d like to.

Day 6
Explain: What does a good mentor “do”?

Day 7
Who was or is your most inspirational colleague, and why?

Day 8
What’s in your desk drawer, and what can you infer from those contents?

Day 9
Write about one of your biggest accomplishments in your teaching that no one knows about (or may not care).

Day 10
Share five random facts about yourself.
Share four things from your bucket list.
Share three things that you hope for this year, as a “person” or an educator.
Share two things that have made you laugh or cry as an educator.
Share one thing you wish more people knew about you.

Day 11
What is your favorite part of the school day and why?

Day 12
How do you envision your teaching changing over the next five years?

Day 13
Name the top edtech tools that you use on a consistent basis in the classroom, and rank them in terms of their perceived (by you) effectiveness.

Day 14
What is feedback for learning, and how well do you give it to students?

Day 15
Name three strengths you have as an educator.

Day 16
If you could have one superpower to use in the classroom, what would it be and how would it help?

Day 17
What do you think is the most challenging issue in education today?

Day 18
Create a metaphor/simile/analogy that describes your teaching philosophy. For example, a “teacher is a ________…”

Day 19
Name three powerful students can reflect on their learning, then discuss closely the one you use most often.

Day 20
How do you curate student work–or help them do it themselves?

Day 21
Do you have other hobbies/interests that you bring into your classroom teaching? Explain.

Day 22
What does your PLN look like, and what does it to for your teaching?

Day 23
Write about one way that you “meaningfully” involve the community in the learning in your classroom. If you don’t yet do so, discuss one way you could get started.

Day 24
Which learning trend captures your attention the most, and why? (Mobile learning, project-based learning, game-based learning, etc.)

Day 25
The ideal collaboration between students–what would it look like?

Day 26
What are your three favorite go-to sites for help/tips/resources in your teaching?

Day 27
What role do weekends and holidays play in your teaching?

Day 28
Respond: Should technology drive curriculum, or vice versa?

Day 29
How have you changed as an educator since you first started?

Day 30
What would you do (as a teacher) if you weren’t afraid?

I’m going to try to participate in this, but my days may be out of order.

Looking for a Quotation

Hey tumblr teachers!  I’m looking for a quotation about how reading is an act of empathy.  I know it exists because I’ve seen it on tumblr before (I think someone even used it on their course outline for this year).  Thought I had saved it or reblogged it, but no dice.  I’ve been searching all for it all weekend.  Does anyone know the quotation that I’m talking about?

My first week at the new job is done.  I think I’m going to love teaching at this school.  The staff is incredibly friendly and helpful and I love my classes too. 

My grade 7s are so timid and obedient right now, but I know that’s going to change once they adjust to the “huge” new school they’re at now.  My 3 grade 8 classes are all over the map.  One is a huge Honors class (34 students! Oy vey!) which is incredibly chatty, but friendly and enthusiastic about learning.  I have another grade 8 class that is very low ability, but I found out that I have an EA to work with for that class.  The last grade 8 class is right in the middle; a couple of lower ability and the rest seem pretty average.  The third class is actually the French Immersion group.

My Social Studies 8 class is going to be a bit of a challenge, but I’m excited about the content of the course. 

I think I love my grade 10s already!  None of them said they were scared of reading Shakespeare when I asked on the first day.  That never happens!  There are always a few that seem terrified.  I also don’t think I’ll have to re-teach any of the basic short story terminology.  We breezed through Plot, Setting, and Conflict yesterday.  They knew all of the terminology!  I’ve had to re-teach some of the basics to grade 11 and 12 students in the past.  I get to spend all year with this group, which is incredibly unusual for high school, but they are in band and the two classes alternate days.

The week was exhausting (and I was sick for all of it), but I’m really excited about this year!

teganandsara:

I want you close, Edmonton.

I’m in that crowd!! I was right at the front stage left.

Yesterday afternoon at Sonic Boom was one of my favourite days this summer. Dear Rouge, July Talk (I have so many amazing pictures of their performance), MSMR, Cage the Elephant, Serena Ryder and Tegan & Sara. It was awesome! I will definitely be sharing some of my own pictures after today is over!

Another Interview!

springyhair:

I have another interview tomorrow! Same district, different school, different assignment. The job is Grade 7, 8 and 10 English at a school I know fairly well because I’ve subbed there in the past. It’s not quite full time, but it would get my foot in the door.

Wish me luck!

I GOT THE JOB!!!  I go in tomorrow to meet with the Department Head and make up my course outlines and then students start on Tuesday!

Another Interview!

  • I have another interview tomorrow! Same district, different school, different assignment. The job is Grade 7, 8 and 10 English at a school I know fairly well because I've subbed there in the past. It's not quite full time, but it would get my foot in the door.
  • Wish me luck!

So Close…

I had a job interview today.  It was for a job that would have been perfect for me.  Grade 7-12 English and Drama at a small school in a district I love; a district that I want a permanent position in.  It was even a probationary contract which would have meant not having to leave after a semester or a year.  I didn’t get it.  It came down to me and one other candidate; they even called my references.  The principal told me that everyone had wonderful things to say about me, but I still didn’t get the job.  When I talked to him tonight, he even said that he was sure our paths would cross again.  I was so close…

A difficult thing, with helping professions...

shapefutures:

Mental health, for example. Your job at work is to help others with their challenges, to connect them to services, to support them in identifying and communicating and processing their feelings, but often it’s just to listen. Teaching — you plan, you guide, you grade, you pay…

I’ve felt this drain so many times and never been able to express it. This puts my feelings into words so well.

(via probabilitiesofcircumstance)