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Posts Made By: ElizabethJoy
Board: The VENT 12-05-2019, 08:55 PM
Replies: 14
Posted By ElizabethJoy

30 minutes recess and no extra play <!--grumpy-->

Ridiculous. I'm glad you're resigning and I hope you let admin know why. That's crazy!
Board: BusyBoard 12-04-2019, 06:57 PM
Replies: 9
Posted By ElizabethJoy

Yes to the Christmas Tree - along with tinsels and wreaths around the room <!--holly-->

It's maybe a little different here because it's actually also summer holidays, so schools out! So it's fine...
Board: The VENT 12-02-2019, 08:56 PM
Replies: 11
Posted By ElizabethJoy

Sometimes you do need to bend rules to help out someone who is mentally ill. But as with any illness, there should be a medical certificate and evidence of treatment to back it up.

I mean, would...
Board: BusyBoard 12-02-2019, 06:57 PM
Replies: 11
Posted By ElizabethJoy
Christmas gifts

The last two years, my parents have organised a gift certificate and all chipped in for it. It is such a lovely thing for them to do, and I use it to buy toys or art supplies for my classroom, so it...
Board: The VENT 12-02-2019, 06:51 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By ElizabethJoy
Manipulative mom

That's really sad :( No wonder the kid doesn't give his best. Mom is the worst kind of manipulator.

I'm glad you felt vindicated though. I can relate to that!
Board: The VENT 12-02-2019, 01:47 PM
Replies: 10
Posted By ElizabethJoy

Yes, you can leave if you need to. But maybe you should just make it a temporary leave, to give you time to process + make sure it really is about the job.

So sorry you're experiencing this....
Board: The VENT 11-28-2019, 06:47 PM
Replies: 11
Posted By ElizabethJoy
That class

The silver lining is you'll REALLY like your class next year!
Board: BusyBoard 11-26-2019, 04:41 PM
Replies: 14
Posted By ElizabethJoy
Small group

I think small group teaching is of a higher quality but also means less explicit instruction over all. For my kinders, less is often more, so small group teaching is a big part of what I do. And...
Board: BusyBoard 11-25-2019, 10:04 PM
Replies: 9
Posted By ElizabethJoy

We can use whatever materials we want as long as we are teaching to the syllabus. (I think you would call that the standards in the US).

My school does have particular reading and spelling...
Board: The VENT 11-25-2019, 12:57 AM
Replies: 11
Posted By ElizabethJoy

it sucks that you're feeling that way. I'm willing to bet there's at least a couple nice people who feel similarly. Keep an eye out for them.

That colleague can't be too popular!...
Board: Kindergarten 11-24-2019, 04:46 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By ElizabethJoy

I agree with this. I've found it super helpful to give 'bossy' kids an area of special responsibility and then teach them to be a 'good' boss- kind, thoughtful etc. And then when they are bossing...
Board: The VENT 11-21-2019, 04:51 PM
Replies: 16
Posted By ElizabethJoy

If someone looks sick in my class I check their temperature. If it's high, then home they go.
Board: Teacher News & Opinion 11-20-2019, 07:21 PM
Replies: 28
Posted By ElizabethJoy

Personally, I think they should be suing the government for weak-ass gun laws. It doesn't make that much sense to me to sue the manufacturers.

Either way, I hope the outcome brings some measure...
Board: The VENT 11-20-2019, 06:37 PM
Replies: 10
Posted By ElizabethJoy
Long days

My school is in a small rural town, so many of our exciting field trips require long days. Our typical school day is only 9 to 3. Kids come early- like sunrise early- and get back late. When we do...
Board: The VENT 11-19-2019, 04:39 PM
Replies: 14
Posted By ElizabethJoy

I tell my kinders all the time 'I forgive you, but you still need a consequence. Consequences help you learn.'

P is <!--eyebrow-->
Board: Kindergarten 11-19-2019, 01:46 PM
Replies: 2
Posted By ElizabethJoy
Play doh

Ooh I'd forgotten about peppermint scented play dough. Thanks!
Board: The VENT 11-19-2019, 01:46 PM
Replies: 4
Posted By ElizabethJoy
Interview time

Do it! If it alleviates your anxiety it is worth it.
Board: The VENT 11-18-2019, 08:26 PM
Replies: 18
Posted By ElizabethJoy

I love my school. My first year was tough, with over-the-top observations and such. But my boss trusts me pretty well now, and I am confident enough in my ability to just do what I think is best for...
Board: Kindergarten 11-18-2019, 04:05 PM
Replies: 2
Posted By ElizabethJoy
Kinders and Christmas

For those who celebrate Christmas with their Kinders, what are some of your traditions? I'm looking for new ideas. So far, we

*Put up a small Christmas tree and make decorations- last year we did...
Board: Kindergarten 11-17-2019, 08:22 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By ElizabethJoy

We do this one with little finger actions, but often i just do a verse or two, however long it takes for them to be settled. We only rarely say the whole thing:

"Once upon a time in a nursery...
Board: The VENT 11-14-2019, 07:36 PM
Replies: 7
Posted By ElizabethJoy

Three hours is insane! And talking badly of you in front of students is harassment. Can you report this? In my opinion, your admin is a bully and so is her friend.

Also, the quality of your...
Board: The VENT 11-12-2019, 04:54 PM
Replies: 7
Posted By ElizabethJoy

Your P is clueless. There is no point moving on to harder content when there are gaps that need to be filled!
Board: The VENT 11-11-2019, 01:36 PM
Replies: 10
Posted By ElizabethJoy
Mental health days

Yay! I love a good mental health day! I have only taken them a couple of times when I was under severe stress, and they helped. Enjoy :)
Board: The VENT 11-07-2019, 08:42 PM
Replies: 22
Posted By ElizabethJoy
Single parents

As the child of a single parent who STILL has never met their father, I can assure you I was always a compliant, well-mannered student. Not sure what single parenting has to do with this topic. I'm...
Board: The VENT 11-07-2019, 12:39 AM
Replies: 8
Posted By ElizabethJoy
Tough Kinder class

I LOVE Happygal's post, because I think there is never an easy or quick fix with a tricky class.

Kinder is a challenging year because the kids are learning social skills and how to be a student,...

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