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Confessions of a Former School Teacher

Posted 08-14-2012 at 01:19 AM by OK4NOW

I think this is the 1st year I actually don't miss teaching. I witnessed so many teacher friends retire, resign, or transfer this past year. It is amazing. I was a "girl" who just wanted one marriage, one house, and one job my entire life. I am subsituting so I still get to see "parts" of teaching but not the whole. Thanks for reading my blog post, "Confessions of a Former School Teacher".

Something's Missing

Posted 07-28-2012 at 10:31 AM by sweetp422

It's been over a year since I've posted anything on this blog. It has been a wish of mine for a while to become the media specialist. My wish came true this summer. I am excited and nervous about this new position. I am anxious to start working with the students, but I am nervous about all the behind the scene workings of the media center.

If I had an assistant I wouldn't be so nervous. After the previous assistant retired, the assistant position was eliminated. I would tease the previous assistant, and tell her that she would have to come back, to volunteer and hold my hand. She passed away this year. I was heart-broken. She was such a blessing to everyone around her. Although we purchased some books in her memory, I would like to do more.

As I was going through the library, I came across old library pockets that had been stamped with the school name on them. I begin thinking about all the other things that she has probably touched in that library....

Dexter Season 7

Posted 05-23-2012 at 06:10 PM by Speced9

Every couple of years or so, a school will get a student whose name EVERYONE knows, and it's not because the kid's a genius by any means. As the years have gone on, I've also noticed that issues with these children become more and more disruptive, aggressive and pussy-footed around by administrators.

Unfortunately for my beloved school, we hit the Psycho Child Lottery this year. We literally have six new students, all in the same grade level, enrolled at our school this year. It is the craziest thing I've ever seen in my quarter century in the business.

Let me give you the low-down on each of these children. Please note that I am not using their real names. I must also point out that all of them can be very sweet children under certain circumstances, but as you will see in the descriptions below, it's kind of hard to keep that loving feeling (now it's gone….gone…gone…whoa…). Here's the lowdown on our unusual suspects.



Posted 03-24-2012 at 06:57 PM by nzkiwi

I firmly believe in reading and writing workshops, but there are some days when I feel like I'm the only one who does, so it's awesome when days like today come around. I spent today at the Northern Virginia Writing Project (NVWP) Conference, and oh, was it was fabulous!

I spend each day in my classroom committed to teaching through workshops, but teaching in a building where almost none of my coworkers share my beliefs (or at least no one is willing to fully jump in and try implementing them). I teach along side some wonderful language arts teachers, but in our content planning sessions I often feel like a outsider. But that was completely different today. I went into the conference not fully knowing what to expect and left with a great feeling of re-validation for how I teach.

The day started out with this great session presented by Mary Tedrow on reflective writing. I walked out with some great ways to build upon several of the things I already do...
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more nonsense

Posted 01-28-2012 at 02:50 AM by Mr Sensai

Well I am off in a few hour to rock it out and sing karaoke. I HAD a date lined up tonight (before late night karaoke) but as expected she postponed and as going out with another guy.

Yes the excuse was her daughter got sick and then I was told a few hours ago that she is taking her to the doctors so don't call her till she gets back.

I admit I was a bit of an ass when she was trying to reschedule but I am not going to be wimpy and say let's meet tomorrow or during the week. I also plan to send her a pic of karaoke via phone email with another woman very close to me. Yes I detest such games but sadly such is life.

Other than that looks like I am stuck here in Japan longer than I wanted as no decent jobs are opening up. Though I said barring something great occurring here I am leaving when the visa expires.

My date on Sunday well the one that also canceled last weekend has yet to get back to me so I figure as usual...

The Return of My Weird Neighbor, Gary

Posted 12-29-2011 at 04:03 PM by Speced9

Truthfully, I haven't seen ol' Gary in quite a while. I'm not sure if it's because we keep different hours, or if I'm just that good at avoiding him. Wouldn't it be crazy if he was avoiding me? Nah. Impossible. Anyway, I got a call from my weird neighbor today that I thought worthy of posting about.

The call came smack dab in the middle of supervising my daughter's driving. She has the dreaded driver's permit now and we have about 50 hours of drive time to get through. I personally want to thank the state legislators for that one. Now driving with a fifteen year old is stressful enough, but when you get a call from your weird neighbor Gary in the midst of it, it's enough to send you over the edge.

Me: Hello?
MWNG: Yeah, I'm going to be out of town for a couple of days, would you watch my house?
Me: Watch your house?
MWNG: Yeah, just make sure that nothing funny goes on around there while I'm away.
Me (thinking):...

I am lazy

Posted 12-13-2011 at 06:19 AM by Mr Sensai

Wow I don't post much despite having some dates. I got tired of posting overall. Oh my last date broke down in tears as it was quite clear she was not over her ex.

Hmmm I should write about something witty but I am just cooking ramen with pork. Not witty and not interesting.

I did see two old men (late 60's) fighting outside the train station. Now this is usually rare to see in the morning. I see it often at night on the last train home (when they are drunk) or when the train is packed and they shout about who bumped into who.

I detest the packed trains but when it is the last train home you see people in a panic and there is always room for one more to be shoved in by the man with the white gloves. Hell of a job getting paid to push people into a train.

Ok my ramen is about done so I guess this blog post is over.

More, RON!

Posted 12-09-2011 at 07:34 PM by Speced9

Back in the day, even before the R-Word was used, people with mental disabilities were labeled with terrible names like "imbecile", "cretin" and "idiot". Now while I absolutely agree with the notion that people with mental disabilities should be treated with love and respect, I'm not so sure that some of those terms don't perfectly describe THE POWERS THAT BE in my special education department.

Case in point:

We've been using SRA Reading Mastery for quite a few years in our self-contained classes. It's worked fantastically. A couple of years ago, we also began using the program as an intervention with our resource teachers. So far, so good, right?

This year, the entire district began using SRA Imagine It! for phonics instruction. I like this program a lot because it expands on the Reading Mastery aspects that made it so successful. There's one problem though. Things are done a little differently....

The Good of the Job

Posted 11-20-2011 at 06:25 AM by nzkiwi

I received an email this morning that included a section with several teachers responses to the question, "Why do you love to teach?"

It seemed to come at a very opportune time. During the past couple weeks I've been asked several times about why I stay in a job that I seem to complain so much about. And honestly their questions have made me do a lot of thinking about teaching....because, yes, there are many days where I do vent....but, at the same time, there are so many rewards too.

So why do I love to teach?

• Every day is different. There's no boring routine to my job! Every day there's new things happening, new topics being explored, and there are new challenges to face. In fact, in ten years of teaching, I doubt there's ever been two days exactly the same.

• I have the opportunity to watch kids grow. There's nothing better than seeing a student suddenly make a connection, grasp a new concept, or learn...


Posted 11-19-2011 at 09:23 AM by hazeleyesinnc

I'm new to blogging, but would love to see more people come my way.

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