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Posts Made By: SOTRainbow
Board: Fourth Grade 11-04-2012, 06:59 PM
Replies: 10
Posted By SOTRainbow
Hold a class meeting!

Have it soon, perhaps right after lunch. Most likely you'll have a comment you can share or refer to that is inappropriate.

This is what I would say:
"Several students have reported to me that...
Board: Social Studies 06-04-2012, 12:43 PM
Replies: 23
Posted By SOTRainbow
Caesar murder investigation

Would love to see yours. I did the same type of lesson based on a play, however, it was long and took up too much class time.
Board: The VENT 05-26-2012, 05:07 PM
Replies: 15
Posted By SOTRainbow
No choice

Nope. Elementary, especially, gets moved around a lot. With it being your first year there, it's probably going to be you. Last one in, first one out. It stinks.

Usually the principals...
Board: The VENT 05-19-2012, 06:44 AM
Replies: 6
Posted By SOTRainbow
Let go

You are beating yourself up, but there are many factors that are not in your control.

#1. Many of your students came in with gaps from last year, as some will every year. You did your best to...
Board: Second Grade 05-13-2012, 06:53 AM
Replies: 2
Posted By SOTRainbow
Writing suggestions

An "Idea Pad" is a small notepad she can carry with her to write ideas and a few details about anything happening in her life - from a trip to the mall, to a funny conversation in the lunch line or...
Board: Second Grade 05-13-2012, 06:06 AM
Replies: 16
Posted By SOTRainbow

They do tend to migrate some, but train the kids to line the desk legs with floor tiles. You could even put dots or a strip of colored tape on the floor a guidelines. Give a weekly "desk fairy" a...
Board: The VENT 04-21-2012, 04:48 AM
Replies: 7
Posted By SOTRainbow
Do you have a "Kudos" file?

Print your post and put it in there! It's an excellent reminder that you do what you need to do to help kids grow. I have a file of uplifting cards, emails, letters, pictures, etc. that have been...
Board: The VENT 04-07-2012, 06:52 AM
Replies: 28
Posted By SOTRainbow
"free" is always an expense for someone else

With the exception of this year, when we tried our community supply disaster, I have always told my students, " It's my job to buy school supplies for my own children, it's your parents job to buy...
Board: The VENT 04-05-2012, 07:49 PM
Replies: 28
Posted By SOTRainbow
Community supplies

We tried community supplies this year and I will stand on top of the table and scream if we do that again next year.

In the past we've always had students keep their own supplies. Yes, every...
Board: The VENT 04-04-2012, 08:06 PM
Replies: 15
Posted By SOTRainbow

You had me in stitches LOL Thanks for your wonderful, funny, realistic post!

Board: The VENT 04-01-2012, 08:12 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By SOTRainbow
Are kids seeing too many movies or something?

What is wrong with some of them? I had a student last year who lied, stirred up trouble, wouldn't do work, made up bizarre stories, was defiant about simple rules, etc. Loved attention - even...
Board: The VENT 04-01-2012, 07:09 AM
Replies: 11
Posted By SOTRainbow

I have a sign in my room that says "No Whining." I point to it and say, "Talk to me without whining and I will help you."

Usually the student hasn't read the directions, so I'll say "Read me the...
Board: The VENT 04-01-2012, 06:40 AM
Replies: 13
Posted By SOTRainbow

I call students into the hallway one at a time. I usually start with the accuser because they are ones who tell me first. I get his/her side of the story and the names of other students who saw the...
Board: The VENT 03-31-2012, 11:58 AM
Replies: 7
Posted By SOTRainbow
I have a similar nightmare group

except it's three boys who seem to make it their mission in life to corrupt the classes they are in. It's not just me, however I'm the teacher who gets to have all three of them in the same class.
Board: The VENT 03-30-2012, 09:16 PM
Replies: 7
Posted By SOTRainbow
Sounds like some of my students...

"so evil, disrespectful, chronic liars, lazy, and never take responsibility"

It's hard to take after a while. I wish we could fire them.
Board: The VENT 03-30-2012, 08:55 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By SOTRainbow
I lost it today, too

I get really get upset with myself if I lose it. I've just had it with three boys, though. They constantly disrupt my class and have done so since day one of this year. If it's not one, it's the...
Board: Sixth Grade 03-27-2012, 07:15 PM
Replies: 4
Posted By SOTRainbow

The Devil's Arithmetic is really good...a little long, but worth it.
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 03-18-2012, 10:10 AM
Replies: 2
Posted By SOTRainbow
100 - Wow! Clear and focused, interesting and...

100 - Wow! Clear and focused, interesting and well-organized, shows insight, great supporting details, very little revision/editing needed

95 - Strong - effective, well-organized, strengths...
Board: Fifth Grade 03-17-2012, 04:45 PM
Replies: 14
Posted By SOTRainbow

Usually the only homework my students have is the work that wasn't finished in class. I'm not a big fan of homework because only about 1/2 complete it. If I give it at all, it's during the week,...
Board: Social Studies 03-15-2012, 08:58 PM
Replies: 29
Posted By SOTRainbow
A song of hope and liberty...

... there's nothing wrong with that. No one is saying it should be forgotten. It's a lovely song, but it's not America's national anthem and it shouldn't be called that. We don't have separate...
Board: The VENT 03-14-2012, 07:26 AM
Replies: 7
Posted By SOTRainbow
lack of boundaries

This parent sounds like she has control issues and no boundaries. There are few things you can do:

Remind her when your conference time is and tell her she needs to make appointments with you if...
Board: Social Studies 03-13-2012, 06:15 AM
Replies: 29
Posted By SOTRainbow
Black National Anthem

I didn't know there was a black national anthem either. How very separate.

Our nation is the United States of America and as Americans of whatever race (data from our 2010 census indicates that...
Board: The VENT 02-28-2012, 07:43 PM
Replies: 8
Posted By SOTRainbow
Send her to the guidance counselor

Sometimes this kind of behavior can indicate sexual abuse. Hopefully not, but it should be investigated. At the very least he/she can explain to the little girl that the behavior is not something...
Board: The VENT 02-24-2012, 07:43 PM
Replies: 8
Posted By SOTRainbow
Tired of disrespectful kids, too.

It seems some have no respect for anything - even positive rewards. Yep, it's about that time of year. I have one class I barely interact with anymore. It's such a bad mix and I have done everything...
Board: Social Studies 02-11-2012, 05:10 AM
Replies: 1
Posted By SOTRainbow
Maybe for next year...

You have probably taught your lessons by now, but maybe you have money to order these for next year. We use the Library Video Company's Understanding World Religions series. We show the 3 videos...

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