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Posts Made By: mrteacherguy
Board: Career Decisions 09-29-2019, 05:40 PM
Replies: 2
 
Posted By mrteacherguy
I can't afford to stay in teaching

I'm in my seventh year as a teacher, and I'm strongly considering about applying for jobs outside of teaching.


Partly because in the short time that I've been a teacher, I've been on the...
Board: The VENT 09-01-2019, 05:47 PM
Replies: 6
 
Posted By mrteacherguy
Grading Frustations

Anyone feel like they have an almost constant combination of perplexed/frustrated expression whenever they do grading?


Year after year, assignment after assignment, I have students that...
Board: Career Decisions 08-19-2019, 05:30 PM
Replies: 6
 
Posted By mrteacherguy
The 8th grade group that I have now is a...

The 8th grade group that I have now is a different one from the one I had in 6th and 7th the last two years; I'm in a different school/district now.
Board: Career Decisions 08-18-2019, 04:06 PM
Replies: 6
 
Posted By mrteacherguy
Should I stay with teaching?

My first six years as a teacher, I was in a Title 1 school with a very high transient population. This year, I started in a district much closer to home, and while the school I am at is still Title...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 05-17-2019, 06:54 AM
Replies: 4
 
Posted By mrteacherguy
Thankfully no, I would not be working with them...

Thankfully no, I would not be working with them again (one year with them was enough, two years was too many).

If I had stayed, I would still be teaching 7th grade, and they would be moving on to...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 05-15-2019, 11:56 AM
Replies: 4
 
Posted By mrteacherguy
How should I tell them?

I will be leaving my position for one in a different district at the end of the school year (next week!).

There is a lot of movement happening with positions at this school, and the students are...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 04-30-2019, 08:00 PM
Replies: 4
 
Posted By mrteacherguy
Vindictive Students

I am the 7th grade math teacher at my school, however the 7th grade science teacher that I work with has two math intervention classes, and so has opportunity to talk with the students about the...
Board: Career Decisions 04-13-2019, 07:58 PM
Replies: 3
 
Posted By mrteacherguy
Letter of Resignation

I'm looking for tips/pointers on how I should write my letter of resignation.


I just signed my contract for the 2019-2020 school year last week, so hopefully they won't give me any problems with...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 04-11-2019, 06:47 PM
Replies: 2
 
Posted By mrteacherguy
FOSS vs SEPUP

I was a science teacher at my school for four years, and at the sixth grade level we used both FOSS and SEPUP. Our Weather and Water unit and our Diversity of Life unit were both FOSS, and our Human...
Board: The VENT 04-06-2019, 05:15 AM
Replies: 17
 
Posted By mrteacherguy
Example

An example from a lesson earlier this week:


We have already covered how to find the area of a circle the previous day, and I reviewed it with the class at the beginning of the next day's lesson....
Board: The VENT 04-05-2019, 08:28 PM
Replies: 17
 
Posted By mrteacherguy
They've told me that I need to have the students...

They've told me that I need to have the students do more of the work and not just following along as I and a few students participate. However, I've tried different ways/formats of "we do" or having...
Board: The VENT 04-05-2019, 06:41 PM
Replies: 17
 
Posted By mrteacherguy
Improvement Plan

I am in my sixth year of teaching with my district (and my sixth year overall). I made the mistake of moving up with the students that I had last year from 6th to 7th grade, because it meant I could...
Board: The Job Search 04-05-2019, 09:15 AM
Replies: 3
 
Posted By mrteacherguy
6th year

Iím in my sixth year of teaching.
Board: The Job Search 04-03-2019, 11:52 AM
Replies: 3
 
Posted By mrteacherguy
Vague/Generic reasons for "no"

I have been applying for teaching positions in another state (Ohio, to be specific), and I recently received an email from the HR department of one of the school districts that said I would not be...
Board: Career Decisions 03-10-2019, 12:07 PM
Replies: 7
 
Posted By mrteacherguy
I've been there

Mae Mavros,




I really feel for you; I was in the exact same position in my first year of teaching, and it's a tough spot to be in.


I would second Munchkins and suggest that you continue...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 02-05-2019, 05:31 PM
Replies: 3
 
Posted By mrteacherguy
Students not doing any work

I have been having an ongoing struggle with my 7th grade students not doing work.


I teach math at an inner city low income school, and while I am already well aware of the tendency of these...
Board: The VENT 11-29-2018, 08:27 PM
Replies: 4
 
Posted By mrteacherguy
Wishing I could quit

A few years ago, after a rough time as a first year teacher, I had an amazing year as a second year teacher; it was one of those years that embodies the whole reason I became a teacher. I had an...
Board: The VENT 10-30-2018, 06:28 PM
Replies: 7
 
Posted By mrteacherguy
Students hate/dislike me

I know that as teachers we are there to teach, not be their friends, but would be lying if I said that it didn't bother me that a fair number of my students tell me that they hate or don't like me....
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 10-23-2018, 01:52 PM
Replies: 2
 
Posted By mrteacherguy
Complete and utter apathy

I realize that apathy in general is part and parcel with teaching middle school, and that it being a poverty population compounds that, but the 7th grade group we currently have takes it to a whole...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 10-17-2018, 12:14 PM
Replies: 3
 
Posted By mrteacherguy
Grade weights

During the first quarter of the year, I had class participation as 50%, assessments (quizzes and tests) as 35%, and homework as 15%.

After looking back at the first quarter grades and the way Iím...
Board: The VENT 08-26-2018, 05:01 PM
Replies: 17
 
Posted By mrteacherguy
Regrets from first year

For my first year of teaching, I was offered a job at the end of a phone interview, for a job out of state (where I had little to no support system). I was not mature enough / ready to have my own...
Board: Classroom Management 08-16-2018, 12:26 PM
Replies: 6
 
Posted By mrteacherguy
Classical music in the classroom

Has anyone here used classical music during quiet individual/partner work time in their classroom? I teach 7th grade math, and having looped with my students, I want to change things up from last...
Board: Teachers' Lounge 07-27-2018, 02:46 PM
Replies: 10
 
Posted By mrteacherguy
Clothing/style question

At my school, the principal has set a dress code for male teachers that requires us to wear collared button down shirts or polo shirts. Wearing of ties with button down shirts is encouraged but not...
Board: The VENT 07-27-2018, 07:53 AM
Replies: 10
 
Posted By mrteacherguy
Curriculum vs Standards

This applies to pretty much any content area, but what are your thoughts on districts requiring teachers to only teach the adopted curriculum with no room given for using other approaches or...
Board: Classroom Management 07-21-2018, 04:42 AM
Replies: 1
 
Posted By mrteacherguy
Students not following procedures

I'm looping with the students I had last year (6th last year, 7th this year), and I know that going into the new school year, I'm going to have problems with them not following basic classroom...



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