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Posts Made By: teacherwriter
Board: BusyBoard 08-12-2022, 01:54 AM
Replies: 3
 
Posted By teacherwriter
Suggestions for book studies?

I'm moving into a multigrade reading position, grades 2-5. I've taken a speedy look at the book selection, and it's extremely dated--nothing new has been bought for years. So I'm collecting ideas to...
Board: The VENT 07-27-2022, 03:59 AM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By teacherwriter
Not very helpful in the moment, but I can say...

Not very helpful in the moment, but I can say that I found a new job. My assistant clearly was trying to undermine me by ratting/complaining/whatevering to admin, who was her relative. She also did...
Board: BusyBoard 07-26-2022, 03:37 PM
Replies: 4
 
Posted By teacherwriter
Moisture problem (the room, not me!)

I'm moving to a new classroom again this year. The building is old, and it clearly has a moisture problem. The built-in closets are unusable; one is moldy, and all are damp. The AC works well, and...
Board: The VENT 07-02-2022, 10:34 AM
Replies: 35
 
Posted By teacherwriter
I can't speak for independent schools, but I've...

I can't speak for independent schools, but I've worked in parochial schools for several years now. No, mine don't contribute to state retirement. But they do contribute to Social Security. Also, I...
Board: The VENT 06-11-2022, 08:09 AM
Replies: 18
 
Posted By teacherwriter
Oh yeah, safety issues

This year, my school had exactly one lockdown drill, back in September. We had one fire drill between January and April. Neither of those meet state regulations, and I was curious how they were going...
Board: The VENT 05-13-2022, 01:37 AM
Replies: 11
 
Posted By teacherwriter
15 days left. The kids are at each others'...

15 days left. The kids are at each others' throats, both literally and figuratively. Two boys were fighting on the playground yesterday. Later, two girls got into a shoving match. ("I'm holding the...
Board: BusyBoard 05-08-2022, 06:25 AM
Replies: 8
 
Posted By teacherwriter
I'm in first. I used Into Reading for the first...

I'm in first. I used Into Reading for the first time this year. (I found it still in its shipping boxes; last year's teacher never opened them.) The Start Right readers are phonics-based. I used them...
Board: The VENT 05-08-2022, 06:07 AM
Replies: 28
 
Posted By teacherwriter
Ours was last week. On Monday, we got a bouquet...

Ours was last week. On Monday, we got a bouquet of flowers. The stems were enclosed in a baggie filled with water that leaked all over the place. I'm sure the assumption was that teachers had vases...
Board: The VENT 04-30-2022, 09:28 AM
Replies: 17
 
Posted By teacherwriter
This. Uh, no. I think your principal...

This.



Uh, no. I think your principal just hung you out to dry. This isn't supporting; this is placating or attempting to placate the parent by making you say you did something wrong when you...
Board: The VENT 04-30-2022, 09:21 AM
Replies: 17
 
Posted By teacherwriter
I'm wrapping up my first and only year in first...

I'm wrapping up my first and only year in first grade (retiring from full-time teaching). If I were to choose between first and second, I'd go with second, knowing what I know now. First requires a...
Board: The VENT 04-14-2022, 04:01 AM
Replies: 28
 
Posted By teacherwriter
Having read through Angelo's original post and...

Having read through Angelo's original post and all the comments, I can only say: I. Can't. Even.

Re Sweden, I can't say. But read Timothy Walker's book "Teach Like Finland." He's an American...
Board: The VENT 03-31-2022, 04:38 PM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By teacherwriter
Missamberlori, I could have written your post,...

Missamberlori, I could have written your post, except I've taught for only 11 years. We are having real behavior issues at school. Some is willful misbehavior--screaming across the classroom, lots of...
Board: The VENT 03-20-2022, 04:03 AM
Replies: 7
 
Posted By teacherwriter
Please tell me it's OK to dread going to work

I have 18 days until spring break, 47 until the end of the year. I'm hanging on by a thread.

* I have three students who regularly see the counselor for behaviors and issues.
* I also have three...
Board: The VENT 02-27-2022, 01:59 PM
Replies: 17
 
Posted By teacherwriter
Yes. My P got me with that one earlier this year....

Yes. My P got me with that one earlier this year. She hadn't been in my classroom once this year, but then she got a couple of parent calls she decided she had to address. (The parents didn't talk to...
Board: The VENT 02-21-2022, 09:19 AM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By teacherwriter
DH just asked me if I'll make it through the year

I'm trying. I had a long talk with myself last night. I've decided to stop trying quite so hard on the lesson planning and activities, since nobody seems to appreciate them, not even the students....
Board: The VENT 02-21-2022, 09:13 AM
Replies: 11
 
Posted By teacherwriter
Bravo, Angelo! (Where's that applause smilie when...

Bravo, Angelo! (Where's that applause smilie when you need it?)
Board: The VENT 02-21-2022, 04:01 AM
Replies: 11
 
Posted By teacherwriter
I could have written chunks of your post, OP. PPs...

I could have written chunks of your post, OP. PPs are right--get out of there. If you can hang on till the end of the year, start laying the groundwork for a new job/school next year. If you can't...
Board: The VENT 02-12-2022, 12:17 PM
Replies: 11
 
Posted By teacherwriter
I'm glad to know I'm not the only one dealing...

I'm glad to know I'm not the only one dealing with stuff like this. This week I had the usual incessant talking, failure to follow directions, backtalk ("We already knew that" and "Yeah, that was...
Board: The VENT 01-30-2022, 05:46 AM
Replies: 8
 
Posted By teacherwriter
It's been a while... my sorry saga

I haven't posted on PT for probably a year and a half. So much has happened. Last year, 2020-2021, I landed in the hospital for three months--nearly died several times, but made it out. Was on...
Board: BusyBoard 11-07-2021, 02:38 AM
Replies: 2
 
Posted By teacherwriter
Sound field amplification (speaker) system

I have students who would benefit from sound field amplification, and I'm looking around for a system to buy. I'll probably have to pay for it. Does anybody use a system they would recommend (or not...
Board: Teachers' Lounge 10-25-2019, 01:06 AM
Replies: 42
 
Posted By teacherwriter
I have a different perspective. I LIKE to work....

I have a different perspective. I LIKE to work. I'm in my late 60s, and I just became a teacher in my late 50s after another career. I love teaching! On a more practical note, I still have a DK in...
Board: BusyBoard 10-23-2019, 02:32 AM
Replies: 3
 
Posted By teacherwriter
https://ed.sc.gov/instruction/early-learning-and-l...

https://ed.sc.gov/instruction/early-learning-and-literacy/read-to-succeed1/

https://ed.sc.gov/educators/certification/certification-resources/read-to-succeed-requirements-for-educators/
Board: BusyBoard 10-23-2019, 01:09 AM
Replies: 3
 
Posted By teacherwriter
Words that middle schoolers can't decode

I'm building a list of decodable words that middle schoolers stumble over. I'll use them in a couple of activities for a new reading class I'll be teaching this fall. If you've heard any...
Board: BusyBoard 10-22-2019, 01:13 AM
Replies: 6
 
Posted By teacherwriter
The PPs got it. Oral conversation/fluency develop...

The PPs got it. Oral conversation/fluency develop much more quickly than comprehension. In fact, research shows that academic English--the kind you need to succeed in school--takes up to 10 years to...
Board: Teachers' Lounge 10-20-2019, 01:45 PM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By teacherwriter
Tree quotes

We have a tree that needs to be taken down. DH has gotten quotes from three companies so far. The quotes are crazy divergent--everywhere from $1,500 to $6,000. :confused: He has one more company...



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