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Posts Made By: Mshope
Board: The VENT 03-12-2019, 02:03 PM
Replies: 22
Posted By Mshope
I think...

I think you have to put it in writing that you want to move somewhere. Then, the building principals meet with you. IF another position opens up, the principals can switch people three months before...
Board: The VENT 03-12-2019, 01:59 PM
Replies: 4
Posted By Mshope

Maybe they should move him onto an "admin cart" since he doesn't have classes. Honestly, this sounds awful. I taught in other rooms for exactly one year. I found it really stressful and I had to be...
Board: The VENT 03-12-2019, 01:55 PM
Replies: 20
Posted By Mshope
To Zia

If I was smart, I probably would.I think by now everyone has our P's cell number. However, if it is not a dire emergency, I just like to follow the procedure and go through the proper channels.
Board: Classroom Management 03-09-2019, 08:29 AM
Replies: 4
Posted By Mshope
Wong/L and L

I follow Wong's First Day of School procedures. I also use a lot of Teaching with Love and Logic to avoid power struggles.

I have a procedure that is written down, taught, and posted for...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 03-09-2019, 08:10 AM
Replies: 3
Posted By Mshope
They Don't Care

At my school, we've been having more and more students seem to not care at all if they do anything. I teach 7th grade ELA and here is what I do:

-no homework (this is a school policy)

-When I...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 03-09-2019, 08:02 AM
Replies: 2
Posted By Mshope
I don't teach math...

however, ours in ms have it pretty rough. Students do not know their basic skills so every day is a struggle. I really don't know how they do it day after day. I hear constant complaining about how...
Board: The VENT 03-09-2019, 07:55 AM
Replies: 20
Posted By Mshope

Our "in crowd" is just obnoxious. I wish it was just one but it is legion.

The principal has been friends with these people for life or they go out and drink with him and the VP. They call and...
Board: The VENT 03-09-2019, 07:44 AM
Replies: 12
Posted By Mshope

We have had problem teachers and I don't think any of them got fired. Weirdly, we have had administrators fired and moved for political reasons. Several of them sued and won!

With teachers, it is...
Board: The VENT 03-09-2019, 07:36 AM
Replies: 4
Posted By Mshope

I think 90 minutes is way too long for middle school. We do have that in some grades, but not others. (Which I think is bizarre...)

Anyway, I know what you mean when you feel like one class is...
Board: The VENT 01-16-2019, 04:28 PM
Replies: 20
Posted By Mshope

In my district and area, jobs are very hard to get. I don't see too many people quitting unless they are going to a higher paying district. It is discouraging to read about all the things going on....
Board: The VENT 12-15-2018, 01:28 PM
Replies: 30
Posted By Mshope

I was lucky to have had three very good student teachers. I also had excellent cooperating teachers so I was able to learn from them how to give constructive criticism. I have to admit that we are...
Board: The VENT 12-12-2018, 05:05 PM
Replies: 5
Posted By Mshope
Happy Light

It's weird but someone was just telling me about having SAD today. I like winter and actually do better in the cold/dark for some reason. Ironically, I did get one of those Happy type lights for...
Board: The VENT 10-14-2018, 02:02 PM
Replies: 7
Posted By Mshope
Agree with Other Poster: Chaos

I had one Emotional kid last who just did whatever she wanted. I had previously had her sister and brother who were also pretty disruptive but not "diagnosed." Knowing the family (or lack of)...
Board: The VENT 10-14-2018, 01:50 PM
Replies: 21
Posted By Mshope
It Can Be Learned

I really believe that classroom management can be learned. I feel like I have read every book on the subject. I probably like Michael Linton's Smart Classroom Management website and the Wongs'...
Board: Classroom Management 10-04-2018, 01:48 PM
Replies: 3
Posted By Mshope
The Norm

This hard has been particularly grueling so far. We are just getting bombarded with time consuming things to all of a sudden need to do. I handle it the way I always have. I come in EARLY. No one...
Board: Classroom Management 10-04-2018, 01:41 PM
Replies: 3
Posted By Mshope
It Happened

This actually happened in our emotional behavior room. They called the police. The student was removed and never came back to the school. Now of course this was after THREE years of incidents.

Board: The VENT 10-03-2018, 03:47 PM
Replies: 15
Posted By Mshope

I also prefer email. When there is no email, I will call during school hours. I end up using my cell phone because we have no phones. Ugh. I don't even block the calls much because then the parents...
Board: The VENT 10-03-2018, 03:37 PM
Replies: 11
Posted By Mshope

We are just getting slammed on every front. Our schedules and class numbers are just bizarre. For example, I have two small classes and three gigantic ones. If you run out of desks you are on your...
Board: The VENT 09-17-2018, 11:55 AM
Replies: 13
Posted By Mshope

I have had a few courses that I've had to develop from scratch with no resources. One thing that I found helpful is to order samples of textbooks. Get the paper copies or digital and use parts of...
Board: The VENT 09-17-2018, 11:47 AM
Replies: 6
Posted By Mshope
Every Year

My school does not have air conditioning. It is still hot here and you can imagine what middle schoolers smell like. However, most seem to spray on tons of the Axe spray after gym and use a lot of...
Board: The VENT 09-16-2018, 07:49 AM
Replies: 13
Posted By Mshope
It Adds Up

We have a type of sunshine committee also. What is nice though is that we don't have to pay every year. It seems like they use the money until it runs out, whenever that is. I do contribute to that....
Board: The VENT 09-16-2018, 07:36 AM
Replies: 23
Posted By Mshope
Rarely Sick Now

I feel like after the first few years I adjusted to the germs. I probably did come in sick because I was new, constantly evaluated, and couldn't get decent plans together fast enough.

Now though,...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 09-09-2018, 06:25 AM
Replies: 8
Posted By Mshope

My next door math teacher already had a training. Like you, they didn't even start the curriculum yet. She left a pretty basic review packet for them. The packet was from what they should have...
Board: The VENT 09-09-2018, 06:20 AM
Replies: 12
Posted By Mshope
They didn't even tell you?

That might be going a little far! Someone should have at least emailed you or told you personally about this class. However, since they didn't, I would have emailed the principal or dept. head and...
Board: The VENT 09-09-2018, 06:11 AM
Replies: 13
Posted By Mshope
Locking Doors/Parent Contact

Just one thought: we are supposed to teach with the doors locked at all times. Technically, this doesn't happen because our rooms are so small that we often have kids working in the hall/common...

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