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Posts Made By: mrteacherguy
Board: The VENT 06-22-2020, 12:59 PM
Replies: 11
 
Posted By mrteacherguy
Masks in the classroom

As districts are planning and preparing for the 2020-2021 school year, I'm seeing that a lot of them will be requiring students and/or teachers to wear face masks.


If there's anyone from a...
Board: The VENT 05-21-2020, 05:05 PM
Replies: 31
 
Posted By mrteacherguy
Do You Ever Regret Becoming a Teacher?

Do you ever regret becoming a teacher?


When I'm able to do my job and actually teach my students, and have those times when they are interested and invested in what we're doing, I enjoy being...
Board: The VENT 05-06-2020, 12:29 PM
Replies: 10
 
Posted By mrteacherguy
Always copying the principal

Does anyone else hate it when parents routinely attach admin to every communication they send you?


I have some parents that are teachers at another school, and every single time they send me an...
Board: Fifth Grade 05-06-2020, 03:58 AM
Replies: 1
 
Posted By mrteacherguy
Moving from middle school to fifth

Hey all!


This coming school year, 2020-2021, I will be moving from teaching middle school to teaching fifth grade.


For the last seven years I've been teaching 6th, 7th, or 8th grade, either...
Board: The Job Search 04-23-2020, 07:28 PM
Replies: 4
 
Posted By mrteacherguy
In my response I just said that ideally there...

In my response I just said that ideally there shouldn't be any students that fail, but that in reality there will probably be a few that end up failing.


In hindsight, I think the biggest problem...
Board: The Job Search 04-23-2020, 05:43 PM
Replies: 4
 
Posted By mrteacherguy
Interview Question

I recently had an interview that I thought went well, but was not selected for the position (even though the principal admitted they were still looking at other candidates).


I asked the...
Board: Classroom Management 04-07-2020, 08:16 PM
Replies: 4
 
Posted By mrteacherguy
4th/5th vs middle school

This question is less about the discipline side of classroom management and more about the relationships.


During my 7 years as a teacher, I have always been at the middle school level; 6th and...
Board: Career Decisions 03-26-2020, 09:47 AM
Replies: 0
 
Posted By mrteacherguy
Unsure what to do

I a while back I posted about giving up on my teaching career, at least for now, due in large part to the extremely difficult year I've been having in terms of student behavior and lack of admin...
Board: The VENT 03-01-2020, 06:41 PM
Replies: 7
 
Posted By mrteacherguy
Another hole in the wall

On Friday, as one of my classes was coming in during transitions, a student ran to the back of the room and kicked a big hole in the wall. I didn't see who it was, as I was at the door reminding...
Board: Career Decisions 02-19-2020, 03:57 PM
Replies: 6
 
Posted By mrteacherguy
Throwing in the towel

I had to leave my class today, have admin cover for me. This is the fourth time this year it has happened. In my prior six years it never happened once.

After practically breaking down into tears,...
Board: The VENT 01-28-2020, 02:42 PM
Replies: 8
 
Posted By mrteacherguy
At my breaking point

This is my 7th year teaching middle school, but lately I've been feeling as out of my depth as a first year teacher. I am at a different school/district than I was in during my first six years.

To...
Board: The VENT 12-28-2019, 03:36 PM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By mrteacherguy
Lack of foundational skills/behaviors

I've started the process of looking for jobs/careers outside of teaching. Even though I love learning and went into teaching with the hopes of passing that on to my students, there are too many...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 12-02-2019, 07:47 AM
Replies: 2
 
Posted By mrteacherguy
Christmas cards, yes or no?

I have taught middle school (6th, 7th, and now 8th), for the last 7 years. Out of that, I think 4 or 5 times I have take the time to handwrite brief notes on Christmas cards and stick a mini candy...
Board: Classroom Management 10-22-2019, 05:10 PM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By mrteacherguy
I can't teach my classes

The last two years have been a huge struggle for me in terms of classroom management.

It seems like there are a couple of class periods, not always the same one everyday, where I can't get through...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 10-20-2019, 04:22 PM
Replies: 2
 
Posted By mrteacherguy
Students not completing work

Students not completing (or even starting) their work is a problem that I know a lot teachers face, and despite being in my seventh year of teaching at the middle school level, I still haven't...
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: 8
 
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: 8
 
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....



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