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Posts Made By: focusschmocus
Board: The VENT 10-18-2016, 07:17 PM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By focusschmocus
I'm about to break...

I had a rough year last year. I taught middle school math. I just switched back to elementary. I really like my kids. They are great. I have some low kids for math. Very low pretest scores. ...
Board: The VENT 08-01-2016, 03:21 PM
Replies: 8
 
Posted By focusschmocus
Actually...

The principal did not mention that I reported them to the Department of Ed (actually I reported them to the Office of Civil Rights of the Federal Department of Education), but made negative comments...
Board: The VENT 08-01-2016, 03:13 PM
Replies: 8
 
Posted By focusschmocus
I have experience!

I now have five years of experience. Three of those years from the same school where I was department chair, mentored two new teachers, was the SCA faculty adviser, cross country coach, and spelling...
Board: The VENT 08-01-2016, 10:09 AM
Replies: 8
 
Posted By focusschmocus
I need your help/advice, please!

My first teaching job was rough. I resigned at the end of the year. While I wasn't the best (hey, I was new), my admins were not supportive, and my AP just plain had it in for me.

To top it...
Board: The VENT 06-29-2016, 11:55 AM
Replies: 14
 
Posted By focusschmocus
Interview...is it a conspiracy????

I have an interview tomorrow. My reason for concern is that I interviewed in the same district earlier in the spring. One of my references is a former AP. I live in the same neighborhood as this...
Board: Career Decisions 06-29-2016, 11:31 AM
Replies: 1
 
Posted By focusschmocus
The Interview...any advice?

I have an interview tomorrow. My reason for concern is that I interviewed in the same district earlier in the spring. One of my references is a former AP. I live in the same neighborhood as this...
Board: The VENT 04-07-2016, 02:38 PM
Replies: 4
 
Posted By focusschmocus
Another year...

I don't know if I can do another year. This place is so backward. No text books. No classroom budget.

Triple the migraines. Grinding my teeth so badly at night that I have cracked two teeth....
Board: The VENT 04-07-2016, 12:07 PM
Replies: 11
 
Posted By focusschmocus
Pathetic!

I keep getting dinged on evals for not having my 8th graders do group work. "The kids are supposed to talk more than you do." And they do...about everything except math. I taught 5th before, and...
Board: The VENT 04-07-2016, 12:01 PM
Replies: 4
 
Posted By focusschmocus
Concerns about me...

Decided to move from 5th grade to try my hand teaching 8th grade math. It's mostly been a disaster. It's closer to home, and I have two sons, so that is the only positive.

I was department...
Board: The VENT 10-20-2015, 04:27 PM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By focusschmocus
No Good Deed...

I'm really blowing up this feed, but here we go again...I'm an ultra-marathoner and triathlete. My principal asked me if I'd coach a running club. I said I'd love to. I assist with my two sons'...
Board: The VENT 10-19-2015, 05:49 PM
Replies: 6
Zoo
 
Posted By focusschmocus
Zoo

Started at a new school this year...closer to where I live. I'm teaching 8th grade. The kids are horribly behaved. Some of them act like a bunch of animals. It's ridiculous. They are so...
Board: The VENT 10-06-2015, 04:43 PM
Replies: 30
 
Posted By focusschmocus
Get out!!!

Sounds like we teach at the same school...actually your school sounds even worse. Your health and well-being are more important than anything else. Personally, I am looking for another job. I'll...
Board: The VENT 10-04-2015, 05:22 PM
Replies: 2
 
Posted By focusschmocus
What Should I Do?

Was observed by the math department head a week ago. I'm an 8th grade math teacher. She's a new AP, and I'm new to this school. She came in half way through my lesson. What she missed and what...
Board: The VENT 09-28-2015, 05:35 PM
Replies: 6
 
Posted By focusschmocus
I'm sick of it too!

Had my first formal observation today. All we do is test these kids. Only 9 of my 80 eighth graders passed their state test as 7th graders with any breathing room. The other 71 either failed or...
Board: The VENT 09-27-2015, 04:12 PM
Replies: 8
 
Posted By focusschmocus
I feel your pain...

I have a really defiant student this year...a narcissist who bullies other kids and think the rules don't apply to him. It seems that this might be the case because despite all of my remonstrations,...
Board: The VENT 09-26-2015, 04:59 PM
Replies: 14
 
Posted By focusschmocus
Writing Curriculum

I really don't have time to write the curriculum for my school, nor am I going to make time. I have two kids, have also been volun-told to do running club twice a week for my school, and I'm...
Board: The VENT 09-24-2015, 06:33 PM
Replies: 14
 
Posted By focusschmocus
8th Grade

The Bridges site looks great, but I have graduated from elementary to teaching 8th grade math. Most of these kids are at-risk of failing math. I have over 50% below grade level. I really need more...
Board: The VENT 09-24-2015, 04:50 PM
Replies: 14
 
Posted By focusschmocus
No textbook!!!!!!!!!

Working in a district with no math series. Not even anything electronic. It's the norm during our group planning sessions for my colleagues and I to scour the internet or buy activities from...
Board: The VENT 09-19-2015, 08:06 AM
Replies: 14
 
Posted By focusschmocus
Not singling him out

I am certainly not singling him out, and he is certainly not embarrassed. He's a narcissist. Too many people have been enabling this kid for too long, and I refuse to, and he doesn't know how to...
Board: The VENT 09-15-2015, 04:37 PM
Replies: 14
 
Posted By focusschmocus
Most Disruptive Student EVER!!!!

I have a very disruptive student. Let's call him George. Anyhow, within the first two weeks of school, George called me a Piece of Sh*t for correcting him for breaking a classroom/school rule. He...
Board: The VENT 09-07-2015, 02:50 PM
Replies: 8
 
Posted By focusschmocus
Foozball is the Devil!

I've posted earlier about my troubles moving from elementary to 8th grade. I wanted to get some feedback on this issues. Most of my behavior problems are coming from football players. Now, when...
Board: The VENT 09-02-2015, 01:35 PM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By focusschmocus
Stick a fork in me!!!!!!!!!!!

I'M DONE!!!!!!!!!

Had a kid call me a piece of sh*t yesterday and today another did a google search for porn during our computer lab time.

Never a dull moment in 8th grade!
Board: The VENT 08-26-2015, 01:07 PM
Replies: 1
 
Posted By focusschmocus
The Switch

I went from 5th to 8th grade math. I have never seen such poor behavior in my life! Acting out, calling out, questioning every direction I give...the lady next door to me is also new at this school...
Board: The VENT 08-19-2015, 01:33 PM
Replies: 18
 
Posted By focusschmocus
Dear

It happens DURING my planning time.
Board: The VENT 08-19-2015, 01:32 PM
Replies: 18
 
Posted By focusschmocus
Scolding

The admins for each grade level actually circulate and make sure that teachers are reading! I thought she was joking at first.



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