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Posts Made By: Simple Simon
Board: The VENT 06-29-2011, 11:52 PM
Replies: 8
 
Posted By Simple Simon
I love that connection between the concepts of...

I love that connection between the concepts of grace and karma. I hold no connection to any particular religion, but I am always interested in the underlying spiritual principles that underlie and...
Board: The VENT 06-29-2011, 11:40 PM
Replies: 11
 
Posted By Simple Simon
Don't ask me (or anyone else)

Clarabelle, it can be helpful to get the views of others when seeking to make a decision, but ultimately it is YOUR decision. I have no idea whether you might be religious or spiritual in any way,...
Board: Substitute Teachers 03-05-2011, 01:52 AM
Replies: 7
 
Posted By Simple Simon
Add

I'm starting to get the reassuring impression that I'm not the only one on here with ADD after all! ;)

YES!!!! :)
Board: Substitute Teachers 02-21-2011, 10:46 AM
Replies: 8
 
Posted By Simple Simon
Having read through the advice others have...

Having read through the advice others have offered here, I don't feel I have a lot to add. Most of my "strategies" have been covered already. Phaedrus offered the "seating plan" advice. That's...
Board: Classroom Management 02-18-2011, 09:41 PM
Replies: 10
 
Posted By Simple Simon
Consider the emotions...

... this kid must be experiencing.


"Anyways, lately the worst behaved is a boy going through a *separation* with his parents."

There's the guts of the issue in one, simple sentence. That kid...
Board: Math & Science 02-17-2011, 03:55 PM
Replies: 2
 
Posted By Simple Simon
Thanks for your reply.

Yeah, I was thinking around 10 or 11 up, so it's great to have that confirmed. I'm thinking of a creating a simpler version too, based around learning basic facts for the younger ones, but I'll see...
Board: The VENT 02-15-2011, 11:45 PM
Replies: 8
 
Posted By Simple Simon
" I really miss my mom . . . she was the only...

" I really miss my mom . . . she was the only person who cared for me."

Immensely sad.
Board: Substitute Teachers 02-15-2011, 08:08 PM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By Simple Simon
"...they think they're the gatekeeper or...

"...they think they're the gatekeeper or something like that!!"

In my experience, secretaries often are the gatekeepers. I make a point of getting to know them a bit and being nice to them (I make...
Board: Math & Science 02-14-2011, 10:16 PM
Replies: 2
 
Posted By Simple Simon
A Maths Game - Looking for Feedback

Hi there

I'm currently working on developing a maths game that is loosely based on the age-old game of Make 24. One of the key differences from that game is that the target number (which is why I...
Board: Classroom Management 02-12-2011, 07:01 PM
Replies: 3
 
Posted By Simple Simon
'My issue comes with the mouthy girls in my...

'My issue comes with the mouthy girls in my classes. They don't go silently, and they turn it into an emotional, arguing, angry mess. They like to mouth off and express the overused, "I don't care. I...
Board: Substitute Teachers 02-12-2011, 12:51 PM
Replies: 14
 
Posted By Simple Simon
My concern about such unfriendly and unhelpful...

My concern about such unfriendly and unhelpful teachers as one sometimes encounters is, if they are like that with other adults, what the heck are they like with the kids? I think we all know the...
Board: Substitute Teachers 02-12-2011, 12:17 PM
Replies: 15
 
Posted By Simple Simon
I have to admit that I agree with StarrShine2 to...

I have to admit that I agree with StarrShine2 to some extent here. As much as I agree that the whole "tie" thing is absurd, I find that a great many things that go on in the education system (as well...
Board: The VENT 02-11-2011, 07:55 PM
Replies: 9
 
Posted By Simple Simon
I Empathise

I entered teaching relatively late in life too, having previously worked in computers and then been a "stay at home dad" to my two daughters for many years. I had a relaxed style in bringing up my...
Board: Substitute Teachers 02-09-2011, 12:44 AM
Replies: 18
 
Posted By Simple Simon
I really feel for you!

I might not have your skin condition, but I have always have an aversion to constrictive clothing of any kind, so I can empathise, at least a little, with your situation.

The first bit of advice...
Board: Substitute Teachers 02-07-2011, 09:09 PM
Replies: 7
 
Posted By Simple Simon
I'm still impressed! :)

That's a huge amount of conceptual territory to cover in one lesson. Mind you, I'm not clear how long that lesson was.

I'm not familiar with the scheduling structures in US schools, but it almost...
Board: Substitute Teachers 02-06-2011, 08:46 PM
Replies: 7
 
Posted By Simple Simon
Are ya gonna share...

... your lesson plan wif us? Are ya? Are ya? ;)
Board: The VENT 02-05-2011, 11:26 PM
Replies: 23
 
Posted By Simple Simon
I understand what you're saying...

... and I'd personally hate to see such a prescribed approach being taken here in New Zealand, but I have to acknowledge that this kind of approach seems to have been the norm in many, if not most...
Board: Substitute Teachers 02-05-2011, 11:10 PM
Replies: 7
 
Posted By Simple Simon
Way to go!

I wish I could have sat in on that lesson; I'm sure I would have learnt something! :)
Board: Substitute Teachers 02-05-2011, 09:12 PM
Replies: 21
 
Posted By Simple Simon
Some great ideas here!

As a variation on Silent Ball, I have some plastic sausages and those squeaky plastic sausages and chickens they sell for dogs to chew on. I call it Silent Sausage and Chicken, and kids love it. It's...
Board: Substitute Teachers 02-05-2011, 01:15 PM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By Simple Simon
Very interesting!

I hadn't heard of the Hmong ethnic group before either. Interestingly, perhaps, they were apparently recruited in large numbers by the CIA back in the 60s to help wage guerilla warfare against the...
Board: Substitute Teachers 02-04-2011, 01:53 PM
Replies: 16
 
Posted By Simple Simon
I'm amazed...

... to hear that there are still schools and teachers that outlaw the classroom use of languages other than English. I would invite those who appear to believe that this is a good idea to look into...
Board: The VENT 02-02-2011, 11:33 PM
Replies: 27
 
Posted By Simple Simon
Love it!

An excellent. positive and constructive response, Risa. Thanks for that. I'm already thinking of ways I can adapt these cards for different situations.
Board: The VENT 02-02-2011, 01:05 AM
Replies: 27
 
Posted By Simple Simon
I get and I understand what you're saying...

... WestCoastTch. And I agree that it's good to encourage (and, hopefully, teach) kids to better identify and articulate exactly where they need help.

My initial response was largely prompted by...
Board: Classroom Management 02-01-2011, 11:20 AM
Replies: 3
 
Posted By Simple Simon
Recommended

Classroom Behaviour - Bill Rogers
Cracking the Hard Class
Tools for Teaching - Fred Jones

Of these three, the Fred Jones one is probably the most directly applicable to the US style of school...
Board: The VENT 02-01-2011, 12:13 AM
Replies: 27
 
Posted By Simple Simon
I'm really sorry...

...if my response came across as a bit dismissive or argumentative. I really do empathise with the frustration of kids not being able to articulate just exactly what it is that they don't...



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