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Posts Made By: ElizabethJoy
Board: The VENT 11-19-2019, 04:39 PM
Replies: 14
Posted By ElizabethJoy

I tell my kinders all the time 'I forgive you, but you still need a consequence. Consequences help you learn.'

P is <!--eyebrow-->
Board: Kindergarten 11-19-2019, 01:46 PM
Replies: 2
Posted By ElizabethJoy
Play doh

Ooh I'd forgotten about peppermint scented play dough. Thanks!
Board: The VENT 11-19-2019, 01:46 PM
Replies: 3
Posted By ElizabethJoy
Interview time

Do it! If it alleviates your anxiety it is worth it.
Board: The VENT 11-18-2019, 08:26 PM
Replies: 18
Posted By ElizabethJoy

I love my school. My first year was tough, with over-the-top observations and such. But my boss trusts me pretty well now, and I am confident enough in my ability to just do what I think is best for...
Board: Kindergarten 11-18-2019, 04:05 PM
Replies: 2
Posted By ElizabethJoy
Kinders and Christmas

For those who celebrate Christmas with their Kinders, what are some of your traditions? I'm looking for new ideas. So far, we

*Put up a small Christmas tree and make decorations- last year we did...
Board: Kindergarten 11-17-2019, 08:22 PM
Replies: 5
Posted By ElizabethJoy

We do this one with little finger actions, but often i just do a verse or two, however long it takes for them to be settled. We only rarely say the whole thing:

"Once upon a time in a nursery...
Board: The VENT 11-14-2019, 07:36 PM
Replies: 7
Posted By ElizabethJoy

Three hours is insane! And talking badly of you in front of students is harassment. Can you report this? In my opinion, your admin is a bully and so is her friend.

Also, the quality of your...
Board: The VENT 11-12-2019, 04:54 PM
Replies: 7
Posted By ElizabethJoy

Your P is clueless. There is no point moving on to harder content when there are gaps that need to be filled!
Board: The VENT 11-11-2019, 01:36 PM
Replies: 10
Posted By ElizabethJoy
Mental health days

Yay! I love a good mental health day! I have only taken them a couple of times when I was under severe stress, and they helped. Enjoy :)
Board: The VENT 11-07-2019, 08:42 PM
Replies: 22
Posted By ElizabethJoy
Single parents

As the child of a single parent who STILL has never met their father, I can assure you I was always a compliant, well-mannered student. Not sure what single parenting has to do with this topic. I'm...
Board: The VENT 11-07-2019, 12:39 AM
Replies: 8
Posted By ElizabethJoy
Tough Kinder class

I LOVE Happygal's post, because I think there is never an easy or quick fix with a tricky class.

Kinder is a challenging year because the kids are learning social skills and how to be a student,...
Board: The VENT 11-05-2019, 08:55 PM
Replies: 12
Posted By ElizabethJoy
ignorant comments

LOL When people say things like this to me I'm just like, "yeah, you know what, the holidays are AWESOME. I get to work in my pajamas! Jealous? You should totally study teaching. You would LOVE it!"...
Board: Kindergarten 11-05-2019, 06:46 PM
Replies: 2
Posted By ElizabethJoy
Carpet time.

Yep, 20 mins would be about the limit for me. In the first half of the year it's more like 10 minutes.
Board: Kindergarten 11-03-2019, 04:20 PM
Replies: 8
Posted By ElizabethJoy
Ipads for K

I'm a bit old school and tend to limit tech in my classroom. I realise I'm antiquated :o In my defence, I did incorporate computers and Ipads a lot more when I taught older kids, I'm just not a fan...
Board: The VENT 10-31-2019, 06:36 PM
Replies: 8
Posted By ElizabethJoy

How frustrating. I'd be annoyed too. I've never been in a classroom that wasn't carpeted :confused:

Sounds a bit like the custodian just did not get around the organising it for you.

I am also...
Board: The VENT 10-30-2019, 04:39 PM
Replies: 16
Posted By ElizabethJoy

No reason at all why you should be humiliated. He needs a consequence, every time. Your response should be quick and without emotion. Little jerks grow into big jerks unless something changes. Sorry...
Board: Kindergarten 10-24-2019, 08:32 PM
Replies: 5
Posted By ElizabethJoy

I feel like every year I have to adjust the way I do literacy rotations to fit the needs of my students. This year I have a very capable, independent group that get bored fairly easily, so what works...
Board: Kindergarten 10-24-2019, 03:30 PM
Replies: 4
Posted By ElizabethJoy

Nope. We do have a book parade in August where kids dress up as their favourite storybook character and we run a lot of fun activities based around stories and reading. I prefer it, but I also grew...
Board: The VENT 10-22-2019, 04:54 PM
Replies: 5
Posted By ElizabethJoy

Ughh. I HATE when teachers are expected to all do the same. I LOVE teaching writing to Kinders. There are so many fun and effective ways to do it. I'm sorry you're not being respected more.

To be...
Board: Kindergarten 10-21-2019, 08:39 PM
Replies: 4
Posted By ElizabethJoy

It's the worst. I hate that the data doesn't reflect what all of my students are capable of.

I actually liked DIBELS when I taught 3/4, but it has been a total headache for K. I may as well be...
Board: Kindergarten 10-21-2019, 06:47 PM
Replies: 4
Posted By ElizabethJoy
Timed testing and kinders

It's nearly the end of the school year here in Aus, which means end of year DIBELS testing. The joys!

My ASD kiddo simply does not 'get' timed testing. Our letter name fluency test today went like...
Board: The VENT 10-21-2019, 04:46 PM
Replies: 7
Posted By ElizabethJoy
I second this. Normally I think challenging...

I second this. Normally I think challenging kiddos should be shared equally between classes, but pregnancy is different. I would not be teaching a potentially violent student if I were pregnant-...
Board: The VENT 10-15-2019, 04:40 PM
Replies: 12
Posted By ElizabethJoy

That is shocking and completely immoral. And can't be helping with behaviour <!--grumpy-->

My school doesn't do meals at all, but when I worked at a school with a breakfast club it was peanut...
Board: The VENT 10-14-2019, 08:42 PM
Replies: 9
Posted By ElizabethJoy

Benchmarks are kinda silly. I care about the progress my students are making, not their raw scores. At the end of last year, I had one kid (in kindergarten) still reading at a level 1. And sure, that...
Board: The VENT 09-26-2019, 09:40 PM
Replies: 13
Posted By ElizabethJoy
If it's yours and you want it, then of course you...

If it's yours and you want it, then of course you should take it. Admin created the problem, so admin needs to fix it. I actually think it will be a good visual reminder for them.

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