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Posts Made By: Fenwick
Board: Substitute Teachers 09-11-2022, 01:44 PM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By Fenwick
Fact she didn’t introduce you then gave you...

Fact she didn’t introduce you then gave you clerical work to complete says a lot about her attitude towards guest teachers, the teaching profession and her interpersonal skills. In effect she...
Board: Substitute Teachers 09-06-2022, 11:29 PM
Replies: 2
 
Posted By Fenwick
It’s doubtful administrators wake up in the...

It’s doubtful administrators wake up in the morning thinking, “How can I make life miserable for subs today?” It is more likely they are doing the best they can with the skills they bring to the job....
Board: Substitute Teachers 09-04-2022, 07:19 PM
Replies: 4
 
Posted By Fenwick
Ah, the old candy projectile trick. Although...

Ah, the old candy projectile trick. Although difficult to do, if you can finesse your way out of it without getting upset it will signal to students they are dealing with no rookie. Perhaps pick up...
Board: The VENT 08-26-2022, 03:12 PM
Replies: 15
 
Posted By Fenwick
The principal should be meeting with staff to...

The principal should be meeting with staff to discuss and exploit experts - the teachers - regarding skills to consider when teaching this or that procedure. I can’t recall a single teacher training...
Board: Substitute Teachers 08-25-2022, 02:46 PM
Replies: 11
 
Posted By Fenwick
Many people (administrators are people?) lack...

Many people (administrators are people?) lack empathy - the ability to imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling. They often have good intentions but are unable or untrained in the art...
Board: The VENT 08-17-2022, 11:18 PM
Replies: 14
 
Posted By Fenwick
This points out the need for solutions generated...

This points out the need for solutions generated from those that the solutions will impact the greatest. No one knows more about a classroom of students than their teacher. Yet rarely, if ever, are...
Board: The VENT 08-12-2022, 02:47 PM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By Fenwick
Principal’s intention may be in the right place,...

Principal’s intention may be in the right place, but the way to go about it needs repair. A way to injure morale and relationship is to not allow those effected to be part of the decision making...
Board: The VENT 08-04-2022, 12:31 PM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By Fenwick
No one knows more about their students than the...

No one knows more about their students than the classroom teacher. When I began teaching during the Jurassic Period, mantra at the time was meet the needs of students. Teachers were actually hired...
Board: BusyBoard 07-28-2022, 09:20 AM
Replies: 4
 
Posted By Fenwick
People Search

Ice Breaker

1) People Search

In this activity students get out of their seats and find classmates based on descriptors (like a scavenger hunt). Students carry a signature sheet, made in advance...
Board: The VENT 06-04-2022, 12:09 AM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By Fenwick
Consider definition of bullying: Bullying is an...

Consider definition of bullying: Bullying is an ongoing and deliberate misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behavior that intends to cause physical, social...
Board: The VENT 05-31-2022, 08:50 PM
Replies: 10
 
Posted By Fenwick
In order to find out what they can get away with...

In order to find out what they can get away with students test boundaries. Since nothing happens as a result of chronic tardies students know there is no boundary; do as you please. Generally,...
Board: BusyBoard 05-28-2022, 06:36 PM
Replies: 3
 
Posted By Fenwick
Students need a reason or incentive to answer...

Students need a reason or incentive to answer their question, “Why should I?” With best intentions, a teacher can provide an incentive for not working. If I know I can stare out the window during the...
Board: The VENT 04-14-2022, 02:20 PM
Replies: 11
 
Posted By Fenwick
Egregious as this sounds it is never a good plan...

Egregious as this sounds it is never a good plan to act on second-hand information. The para may be exactly correct, but you will never know for sure until you talk directly with the teacher/para...
Board: The VENT 04-09-2022, 03:21 PM
Replies: 28
 
Posted By Fenwick
"You do not lead by hitting people over the head...

"You do not lead by hitting people over the head — that's assault, not leadership."— Dwight D. Eisenhower
Board: Substitute Teachers 03-15-2022, 08:13 PM
Replies: 10
 
Posted By Fenwick
What are the “contracted hours” for subs in your...

What are the “contracted hours” for subs in your district? Most districts contract subs to stay 15 minutes passed dismissal or until the day’s notes are finished for the regular teacher, whichever...
Board: The VENT 03-13-2022, 01:25 PM
Replies: 10
 
Posted By Fenwick
Beware. Half the human race is below average....

Beware. Half the human race is below average. This includes parents at your school. For every squeaky wheel that shows up at your office there is a set of Michelins that don’t. These are the parents...
Board: The VENT 03-03-2022, 12:17 PM
Replies: 8
 
Posted By Fenwick
Out of Sight - Out of Mind

This is why administrators should be required to teach in classrooms during the school year. At one school I taught at the principal took over your class and taught a lesson once each semester. She...
Board: The VENT 02-26-2022, 08:28 PM
Replies: 11
 
Posted By Fenwick
It’s tough to deal with behavior when you don’t...

It’s tough to deal with behavior when you don’t know about it. The idea students would try something in spite of one’s physical presence is not a big problem unless it becomes chronic. A rare event,...
Board: Substitute Teachers 11-20-2021, 02:43 PM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By Fenwick
Your effectiveness as a disciplinarian will be...

Your effectiveness as a disciplinarian will be determined by whatever you allow. This means any rule or procedure you announce, go over, teach review or practice is not reality as far as students...
Board: The VENT 11-16-2021, 10:58 PM
Replies: 13
 
Posted By Fenwick
Anyone can miss a meeting start time on a rare...

Anyone can miss a meeting start time on a rare occasion, but when it becomes chronic (“consistently”) it should fall in the lap of the person charged with meeting implementation, i.e., the principal....
Board: The VENT 10-27-2021, 08:29 PM
Replies: 22
 
Posted By Fenwick
Preventing this type of thing form happening (as...

Preventing this type of thing form happening (as opposed to reacting) I agree with crucian regarding not grading hw due to the fact a teacher never knows for sure who did the hw - student, parent,...
Board: The VENT 10-26-2021, 07:54 PM
Replies: 22
 
Posted By Fenwick
Can you explain more about “… her mother’s...

Can you explain more about “… her mother’s attempts to regrade her assignment.” ?
Board: The VENT 10-09-2021, 08:29 PM
Replies: 7
 
Posted By Fenwick
Take a look at Fred Jones’ Turning Problem...

Take a look at Fred Jones’ Turning Problem Students Around in his work, Tools For Teaching. Jones lays out the foundation for PAT (Preferred Activity Time) and discusses it’s strengths and misuse....
Board: The VENT 09-23-2021, 12:03 PM
Replies: 11
 
Posted By Fenwick
Too bad he seems overly concerned with the...

Too bad he seems overly concerned with the content of instruction versus the process of instruction. A trained Ad’ looks for teaching skills. An untrained Ad’ doesn’t know what to look for or is too...
Board: BusyBoard 09-23-2021, 11:52 AM
Replies: 3
 
Posted By Fenwick
A colleague used an “aquarium” theme. He hung...

A colleague used an “aquarium” theme. He hung fish, crustaceans, kelp and other ocean stuff which kids made as projects. Entering the room, one had the feeling you were inside an aquarium looking up...



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