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Posts Made By: AX Pendergast
Board: The VENT 01-21-2017, 09:32 AM
Replies: 6
Posted By AX Pendergast
Go Ahead and Move Her...Sally Forth!

(Here's parts 1-3:

Ah, administrative logic. There's nothing like it in the world.

We had our formal meeting...
Board: The VENT 01-12-2017, 07:06 PM
Replies: 7
Posted By AX Pendergast
Go Ahead and Move her...Part the Third

Ok...go here first...
(that's part 1 and part 2)

This morning I submitted my rebuttal to the principal regarding the parent...
Board: The VENT 01-12-2017, 06:34 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By AX Pendergast
did my prince have my back?

Oh God no.

Mr P has been on an insane power trip all this year. No support for teachers, micro-managing our meetings, giving all the parents the shirt off his back AND a matching tie, and...
Board: The VENT 01-11-2017, 01:09 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By AX Pendergast
Go Ahead and Move Her...Part Duex

Update to this thread:

I was treated to an email from the principal this morning regarding this issue. Seems the parent is 'so...
Board: The VENT 01-09-2017, 08:54 PM
Replies: 9
Posted By AX Pendergast
Go Ahead and Move Her...

...she'll still be required to follow instructions, be responsible for her work, and expected to be respectful.

I'm so flipping tired of parents bypassing polite discussion with the classroom...
Board: Teachers' Lounge 01-07-2017, 10:17 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By AX Pendergast
Blackfish was pure propaganda

(Warning: rant ahead)

If the only thing you know about Sea World and their animal programs is what you learned from Blackfish, then - IMHO - you are greatly misinformed.

Sea World hasn't...
Board: The VENT 10-17-2016, 08:50 PM
Replies: 16
Posted By AX Pendergast
No consequences my a$$

IEP or not - if a kid misbehaves in my room, there is a consequence. If they refuse to follow my instructions, there is a consequence. If they are defiant, disruptive, or dastardly, there is a...
Board: The VENT 10-12-2016, 06:29 PM
Replies: 7
Posted By AX Pendergast
Report Update

Tuesday was the 1/2 mark on our four week project. At the time it was assigned, I discussed at length the optimum plan: read your book and take notes for the first two weeks, then work on the...
Board: The VENT 10-05-2016, 09:14 PM
Replies: 20
Posted By AX Pendergast

I have a series of sub plan templates that I can rewrite on a moment's notice, especially for my planned absences. I find that mine are never longer than two pages, and often only 1. I try to leave...
Board: The VENT 10-05-2016, 09:08 PM
Replies: 7
Posted By AX Pendergast

I'm pleasantly surprised to see another 6th grade teacher who assigns 4-week book reports. For those of them on top of things, it gives them time to read, take notes, and really do a nice job on the...
Board: The VENT 09-22-2016, 08:28 PM
Replies: 4
Posted By AX Pendergast
Another item on our plate

I'm curious to know if any other PT-ers have heard of or are currently working with a program called "Lesson Study." What are your the process.

Did you find that it took...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 09-22-2016, 08:13 PM
Replies: 28
Posted By AX Pendergast
favorite lessons

6th Grade ELA: I do a class reading with Number the Stars. We look at the historical aspects of the story, discuss similarities with Anne Frank, and do several art activities. We read the book...
Board: The VENT 09-19-2016, 12:17 PM
Replies: 97
Posted By AX Pendergast
Two versions...

...depending on the day.

From Max Ehrmann's "Desiderata:"

From the National Lampoon's Parody of same, called "Deteriarata:"
Board: Teachers' Lounge 09-18-2016, 10:07 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By AX Pendergast

Monday September 19th is National Talk Like a Pirate Day! Dress up, grab an eye patch, and break out the pirate jokes.

And remember - If you have a Krispy Kreme in your neck of the woods, you'll...
Board: The VENT 09-16-2016, 08:47 PM
Replies: 9
Posted By AX Pendergast
Union Rep's Represent!

Any other site union rep's out there? Sure hope your first few weeks have been better than mine...

Principal has gone on a power trip. For the past three weeks he's been violating our union...
Board: The VENT 09-12-2016, 09:54 PM
Replies: 10
Posted By AX Pendergast
TurkeyRun is right

You are who you are. Don't try to change your personality just because some parent is worried that their special Snowflake is "scared" of you.

You did what I do - I inform the class right up...
Board: The VENT 09-12-2016, 09:50 PM
Replies: 4
Posted By AX Pendergast
Pop Quiz, Hotshot!

I post most of my quizzes on my website, and all homework assignments. However, I have informed all of my students that there may be pop quizzes at any time, so they can prove to me they have...
Board: Teachers' Lounge 09-04-2016, 10:52 PM
Replies: 42
Posted By AX Pendergast
Kids do dictate the sleepwear

Tank and boxers for me, year round unless it's really really cold. I do less, depending on who else is home. As ICrazyTeach says, if the kids weren't roaming the house...
Board: Teachers' Lounge 09-04-2016, 10:49 PM
Replies: 29
Posted By AX Pendergast
back to prose

well...a little bit at least.

Just started the Sandman Slim series by Richard Kadrey. Recommended by a friend who knew I have been enjoying the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. day...
Board: The VENT 08-28-2016, 05:13 PM
Replies: 16
Posted By AX Pendergast
annalilbit -

it was just me typing random characters to create an unknown curse word. I suppose you could insert your favorite one there.
Board: The VENT 08-27-2016, 08:09 PM
Replies: 28
Posted By AX Pendergast
Inquiring minds want to know...

so please don't keep us in suspense.

How did things go today? Did you say no? Did you go in? And how do you feel about your decision?

Hugs and support, as always.
Board: The VENT 08-27-2016, 08:05 PM
Replies: 16
Posted By AX Pendergast
What do you mean, no?

Absolutely. If you don't want to share, then don't. It's your work. You put in the time to create it. There is no law that says you must share all of your ideas with your colleagues. (Oh, boy...I...
Board: Teachers' Lounge 08-25-2016, 09:54 PM
Replies: 16
Posted By AX Pendergast
Bragging Post

Just bragging here.

My son just passed his Eagle Scout review board. That's three brothers (sons) who have earned Eagle. One more to go, and he's got 2.5 years to finish.
Board: The VENT 08-25-2016, 09:53 PM
Replies: 15
Posted By AX Pendergast
32! What a luxury

I have two classes of 35 this year (6th ELA). 6 IEPs in one, with one aide for five and a 1-1 for the 6th. The other class has 2 IEP and 8 504 plan kids.
Then I have two sessions of 6th drama,...
Board: The VENT 08-25-2016, 09:49 PM
Replies: 8
Posted By AX Pendergast
seems like 7 days/week is the norm

Even though I've been teaching 15 years, I still have a weekend job to help put gas in the car and food on the table. I know at least a dozen other teachers at my site with side jobs.

Hang in...

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