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Posts Made By: PollyCarp
Board: The VENT 07-23-2019, 09:37 AM
Replies: 15
 
Posted By PollyCarp
I think it is a sign that you're feeling more...

I think it is a sign that you're feeling more confident! The same thing happened to me last year . . . I dreamt that they opened classrooms for set-up two hours before the school day started, and I...
Board: The VENT 01-07-2019, 05:28 PM
Replies: 15
 
Posted By PollyCarp
I don't miss them exactly, but I re-tell all my...

I don't miss them exactly, but I re-tell all my favorite stories about them to my family. I just can't help it. I care about them and they're special to me. But they also drive me up a wall. So...
Board: The VENT 01-03-2019, 04:36 PM
Replies: 49
 
Posted By PollyCarp
I'm lucky

The state just forced a raise, so I take home about $3000 a month. I'm single and do not have student loans (thank you, Grandma, for timing your passing so conveniently). I can't speak to the cost of...
Board: The VENT 12-29-2018, 06:10 PM
Replies: 22
 
Posted By PollyCarp
Frame it like that. Maybe don't say it would be...

Frame it like that. Maybe don't say it would be "easier and less stressful." Those are legitimate reasons to want help, but lots of admin don't think they are. Grrrr . . . and throw in something...
Board: The VENT 12-24-2018, 04:15 PM
Replies: 10
 
Posted By PollyCarp
Summer, you've officially won this thread! (Not...

Summer, you've officially won this thread! (Not that it was a competition . . .)
Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates! <!--ornament-->
Board: The VENT 12-22-2018, 10:07 AM
Replies: 10
 
Posted By PollyCarp
hiker1: seriously?! Oh my gosh! That's hilarious!

hiker1: seriously?! Oh my gosh! That's hilarious!
Board: The VENT 12-21-2018, 11:30 PM
Replies: 10
 
Posted By PollyCarp
Merry Christmas to Me! (Funny vent)

My most difficult child pranced in with a gift bag. He's been talking about how he was giving me a present for days.

Now, you have to understand, I'm pretty young and I still struggle with...
Board: The VENT 12-19-2018, 05:22 PM
Replies: 15
 
Posted By PollyCarp
round yon virgin

Coopsgrammy, I had a similar experience! I figured we were talking about the "round young virgin" which made sense because pregnant women are quite round.<!--poinsettia-->
Board: BusyBoard 12-18-2018, 05:39 PM
Replies: 2
 
Posted By PollyCarp
Holiday Card

Hi! I need some advice.
A family gave me their holiday card. Really cute pictures of the kids, this sentimental teacher will treasure it for years, etc.

I try to reciprocate things from kids as...
Board: The VENT 12-16-2018, 01:53 PM
Replies: 30
 
Posted By PollyCarp
So, it sounds like your mentor teacher was not...

So, it sounds like your mentor teacher was not giving you direct feedback. If so, that's terrible! I'm sorry that happened to you. One thing to consider, though: was she offering subtle feedback that...
Board: The VENT 12-12-2018, 04:45 PM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By PollyCarp
SAD in classroom

Hey PT!
One of my students is going through a rough patch lately. Talked to his mom and she said it's been happening at home too, and he might have SAD. I'm not sure if he has an official diagnosis....
Board: The VENT 12-11-2018, 11:27 PM
Replies: 13
 
Posted By PollyCarp
Talk to her first

Ewwwww! I'm so sorry you have to deal with this. That is really weird and disgusting.

Please don't go over her head without talking to her first.* Some people are just clueless. Even if not, she...
Board: The VENT 12-10-2018, 05:28 PM
Replies: 14
 
Posted By PollyCarp
Last May: "Good luck, Polly. I was told you're...

Last May: "Good luck, Polly. I was told you're good with the emotional ones."
December: "Guys. It was a small problem. Could everybody PLEASE stop CRYING? Whoa, OK, I guess it's hug-Ms.-Carp time."...
Board: The VENT 12-07-2018, 05:25 PM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By PollyCarp
Documentation is your friend. I know it's tough...

Documentation is your friend. I know it's tough to keep consistent. I'm still working on that. But that way you can show that he's making growth. I know as a GenEd teacher I sometimes get frustrated...
Board: The VENT 12-06-2018, 06:13 PM
Replies: 4
 
Posted By PollyCarp
Thank you, Kinder. I really appreciate your...

Thank you, Kinder. I really appreciate your perspective and look up to you for all you juggle.

For everyone, I should clarify: the collaboration is either her idea or required by admin. I'm also...
Board: The VENT 12-05-2018, 05:59 PM
Replies: 1
 
Posted By PollyCarp
This is the void. I hear you. Please treat...

This is the void. I hear you. Please treat yourself to spiked eggnog tonight or the equivalent that suits your taste and health. (hugs)
Board: The VENT 12-05-2018, 05:49 PM
Replies: 4
 
Posted By PollyCarp
Burnt-Out Coworker

A close coworker is displaying signs of burnout. It's not affecting their classroom work or day-to-day functioning, but it is affecting our collaboration. It doesn't help that collaboration is...
Board: The VENT 11-29-2018, 07:59 PM
Replies: 11
 
Posted By PollyCarp
I've had it happen but the principal at the time...

I've had it happen but the principal at the time wouldn't let it happen. I appreciated her hardline approach because parents were less likely to pull things over her, but then I had to deal with that...
Board: The VENT 11-29-2018, 06:23 PM
Replies: 8
 
Posted By PollyCarp
I took a deep breath and said "You'll understand...

I took a deep breath and said "You'll understand when you're in college."

I think the previous poster is spot-on with the new expectations. My students are increasingly full of anxiety every year....
Board: The VENT 11-28-2018, 06:18 PM
Replies: 8
 
Posted By PollyCarp
Are you sure you're not teaching my second...

Are you sure you're not teaching my second graders? Witness the conversation I had yesterday with THE HIGHEST READER IN MY CLASS:

"Ms. Carp, am I supposed to circle them?"

". . ."

"Well?"
...
Board: The VENT 11-27-2018, 05:53 PM
Replies: 9
 
Posted By PollyCarp
Our principals have started including a line...

Our principals have started including a line about "PLEASE DO NOT SEND KINDERS AND FIRSTIES IN ONESIES" but I don't know how well it works.

I myself wore a onesie last time and after much...
Board: The VENT 11-20-2018, 11:39 PM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By PollyCarp
Patience, patience! I have one little guy who...

Patience, patience!
I have one little guy who literally has followed me around since September. I'd pointedly thank the whole class for following the expectation and sweetly help everyone but him...
Board: The VENT 11-18-2018, 07:24 AM
Replies: 6
 
Posted By PollyCarp
We use them extensively as well. I've been using...

We use them extensively as well. I've been using them for about 4 years at a 2nd grade level.

In their favor: I've found the information useful for the majority of my students: it aligns to what I...
Board: The VENT 11-12-2018, 10:45 AM
Replies: 7
 
Posted By PollyCarp
Seconding amiga13. I get the best results when I...

Seconding amiga13. I get the best results when I come down heavy (but fair) on consequences first, then ask "So how can I help you do a better job next time?" (and follow through on any action plans)...
Board: The VENT 11-09-2018, 07:01 PM
Replies: 1
 
Posted By PollyCarp
Absolutely fascinating

My first year we had a teacher whom everyone disliked, particularly admin. I agreed with them based on what little I saw and all the gossip. Then we were thrown in together with one of her trusted...



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