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Posts Made By: MaineSub
Board: BusyBoard 09-18-2019, 02:23 AM
Replies: 4
 
Posted By MaineSub
You might want to google "symptoms of dyslexia"...

You might want to google "symptoms of dyslexia" -- I'll try to post a link to the WebMD site--it lists them by age/grade level. I'm not suggesting that you try to diagnose, certainly. If she exhibits...
Board: BusyBoard 09-13-2019, 02:21 AM
Replies: 4
 
Posted By MaineSub
Might be weird...

I tend to get weird with puzzles like this... a few random thoughts. At the risk of confusing them (don't know the age) is there a comparison between what state we live in? I also wonder if we could...
Board: Substitute Teachers 09-13-2019, 02:07 AM
Replies: 11
 
Posted By MaineSub
Wow... I'm almost speechless. For one thing,...

Wow... I'm almost speechless. For one thing, punishment rarely works well at changing behavior. (Some kids will actually enjoy walking like a duck and calling attention to themselves.) But more...
Board: Substitute Teachers 09-12-2019, 02:25 AM
Replies: 10
 
Posted By MaineSub
What are jeans?

One of the issues with dress codes is what the words mean--it could be argued yours doesn't ban jeans, but it tries to clarify that ragged ones with holes aren't appropriate. There are probably some...
Board: BusyBoard 09-11-2019, 01:57 AM
Replies: 2
 
Posted By MaineSub
What do YOU like?

I am the unofficial photographer for our school and also work with the media at school events. From a "documentation" point of view, it's generally accepted that the kids should not look at the...
Board: Substitute Teachers 09-09-2019, 02:37 AM
Replies: 7
 
Posted By MaineSub
Remembering you're not the teacher...

I've worked with and talked with a number of teachers who, for various reasons, have switched to subbing--often after retirement. For some, the hardest part has been remembering it's not their...
Board: BusyBoard 09-06-2019, 01:28 AM
Replies: 4
 
Posted By MaineSub
This is a tough situation... we had seven parent...

This is a tough situation... we had seven parent deaths at our school several years ago. As a small rural school, we all pulled together and worked our way through. We sorta followed the children's...
Board: BusyBoard 09-06-2019, 01:12 AM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By MaineSub
Sometimes I think we try too hard to explain and...

Sometimes I think we try too hard to explain and reason with kids whose logic is very different than ours. I sincerely doubt this is him finding out who he is--it's equally likely he's just trying to...
Board: Substitute Teachers 09-05-2019, 12:57 AM
Replies: 12
 
Posted By MaineSub
Mostly yes...

I walked by a classroom with a sub and the kids were almost literally bouncing off the walls, screaming, running, jumping... the sub had a whipped look. Believe me when I say I was very tempted to...
Board: BusyBoard 09-04-2019, 07:43 AM
Replies: 4
 
Posted By MaineSub
Wish I'd thought of this...

A few years ago I accidentally did something that accomplished more than I planned. I had to keep track of who had finished what before they could move on to the next (and for most, more enjoyable)...
Board: BusyBoard 09-04-2019, 07:11 AM
Replies: 21
 
Posted By MaineSub
Lots to consider...

I can't resist weighing in... it's an interesting world that we live in. (It might be time to read "Lord of the Flies" again.)

One important consideration is that drug test and cell phone...
Board: Substitute Teachers 09-03-2019, 01:34 AM
Replies: 6
 
Posted By MaineSub
As for trying to find out what happened... that's...

As for trying to find out what happened... that's really up to you. It may be very difficult to get an "official" answer... districts know that they create liability for themselves if they explain...
Board: Substitute Teachers 09-03-2019, 01:22 AM
Replies: 6
 
Posted By MaineSub
It depends...

Agreed it depends on the district and the system... we are not automated and the sub coordinators can't waste time calling people who consistently say "no." It's not so much that you are "dropped" as...
Board: BusyBoard 09-01-2019, 02:11 AM
Replies: 1
 
Posted By MaineSub
No simple answers...

Interesting article, for sure... but it also leaves out at least two important considerations.

First, local taxpayers ultimately determine or at least dramatically influence how much teachers are...
Board: BusyBoard 08-30-2019, 05:35 AM
Replies: 2
 
Posted By MaineSub
For what it's worth... I also teach adults and...

For what it's worth... I also teach adults and have had this with test-taking. I remember one student in particular who, if I stood next to her, she would focus and "whisper read" the questions and...
Board: Substitute Teachers 08-30-2019, 05:20 AM
Replies: 7
 
Posted By MaineSub
c6g is correct... and if my math is close, we're...

c6g is correct... and if my math is close, we're now down to four days. One suggestion I might make comes from a story a parent told me yesterday. Her son told the group that was "bullying" him,...
Board: BusyBoard 08-26-2019, 04:52 AM
Replies: 7
 
Posted By MaineSub
Self-care...

I would be cautious about self-diagnosis... I think we are sometimes too quick to label conditions.

Having said that, I think I understand the anxiety. Some "self-care" may well be in order to...
Board: BusyBoard 08-23-2019, 03:01 AM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By MaineSub
Hmmm... Personally, I would probably leave it...

Hmmm... Personally, I would probably leave it alone, at least in terms of the counselor/teacher but it's really a tough call. (I am a sub myself, rural area, small district and run into situations...
Board: Substitute Teachers 08-19-2019, 06:35 AM
Replies: 35
 
Posted By MaineSub
What doesn't work...

I'm not sure who this is addressed to... but it helps make my point. Background checks and fingerprinting are not a guarantee of competence and qualification any more than certification guarantees...
Board: BusyBoard 08-18-2019, 06:57 AM
Replies: 11
 
Posted By MaineSub
Meanwhile...

While I would concur some analysis is in order, in the meantime, I'd try some "out of the box" things. The first thing that pops into my head is art. If your art teacher is available and interested,...
Board: BusyBoard 08-18-2019, 06:42 AM
Replies: 11
 
Posted By MaineSub
Let's make lists!

One technique I've seen (I sub) involves the kids writing lists of math facts, ideally from memory, as a starter activity in the morning. The perhaps obvious challenge is getting them to think as...
Board: Substitute Teachers 08-18-2019, 06:32 AM
Replies: 12
 
Posted By MaineSub
Can you come back if you never left?

Feeling playful this morning, I guess.

Starting my eleventh year... and still looking forward to being at school with the kids. I see at lot of them throughout the summer, always ask about summer...
Board: Substitute Teachers 08-18-2019, 05:35 AM
Replies: 35
 
Posted By MaineSub
Raise the bar!

While I fully support the idea of raising the bar for subs, I do not support "state certification." One of my biases behind that is that most state requirements prove only how incapable the...
Board: Substitute Teachers 08-04-2019, 03:50 AM
Replies: 26
 
Posted By MaineSub
Being realistic...

I'm not sure I see some of these issues as disrespect. The high school environment is very different than the lower grades... and I do believe our roles change some as does the definition of...
Board: BusyBoard 07-12-2019, 03:39 AM
Replies: 7
 
Posted By MaineSub
Ditto

What they said... What I am hearing is that learning doesn't have to be drudgery.



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