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Posts Made By: Singvogel
Board: The VENT 07-15-2019, 08:34 AM
Replies: 31
Posted By Singvogel
I have summer access, but

I find myself going in less and less each year. When there is no pay-off, or even appreciation, it lessens my motivation to give more for free.
Board: The VENT 07-15-2019, 08:31 AM
Replies: 23
Posted By Singvogel
Seems to be the way things go...

these days.

Software is by subscription.
Educational practice sites are by subscription. (I was really bummed when Whooo's Reading went to a prohibitive $150 a year.)

And the list goes on...
Board: BusyBoard 05-11-2019, 02:58 PM
Replies: 2
Posted By Singvogel
phonics skills for intermediate Ss

Some of my low performers, reading 2nd or 3rd grade in 5th, had success using Lexia to help them fill in phonics gaps.
Board: The VENT 05-04-2019, 03:15 PM
Replies: 12
Posted By Singvogel
PBIS, Restorative Justice, etc.

Some of the "negotiation success" is from the restorative justice movement. Principals are pressured by their higher-ups to reduce suspensions, not improve discipline. The result is that they don't...
Board: BusyBoard 04-19-2019, 08:00 PM
Replies: 24
Posted By Singvogel
Something new to add-

Yes, yes, yes to so many books on PP's lists.

Something new to consider:
Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan

I wouldn't read it with littles. It might be bewildering, but they might love the pictures...
Board: The VENT 04-19-2019, 06:01 AM
Replies: 12
Posted By Singvogel
Are the upcoming students the same?

Do you want to go out beaten down by this class? If the upcoming students are more of the same, it might be time to go.

I have a friend who had "that class" and decided to wait. The students in...
Board: BusyBoard 04-18-2019, 12:05 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By Singvogel
been there, over it

In theory, holding students to community standards is a nice thought.

In practice, it works for average kids with average misbehaviors. It is laughed off by kids with extreme behaviors. I...
Board: BusyBoard 04-16-2019, 07:16 AM
Replies: 3
Posted By Singvogel

I'll share back- Here's a resource I use with intermediate grades. It's a wonderful explanation and detailed list of poetic devices.
Board: The VENT 04-16-2019, 07:08 AM
Replies: 19
Posted By Singvogel
detailed plans, too

As with OPs, I write detailed plans, put everything in a chronological stack, and leave paper rewards that I enter into Classcraft when I return.

It irritates me when subs expect students to go on...
Board: BusyBoard 03-30-2019, 02:45 PM
Replies: 7
Posted By Singvogel
Some newer ones-

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander; told in verse
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
Board: The VENT 03-29-2019, 04:21 PM
Replies: 12
Posted By Singvogel
Do they have individual log-ins?

Our district has gone on-to-one iPads. They are now set so that students cannot erase history. It's good for situations like you described. I hope you screen-shotted and saved the proof.
Board: BusyBoard 03-29-2019, 03:58 AM
Replies: 4
Posted By Singvogel
Extrinsic is real.

Hmmm...All the adults who say that kids ought to be intrinsically motivated seem to be motivated by pay scale...

It sounds like you are focusing on the positive, so it's a good thing. Enjoy it...
Board: BusyBoard 03-28-2019, 04:35 PM
Replies: 2
Posted By Singvogel
Good for you!

Congratulations! I think YOU are wonderful. Every teacher enjoys their students' successes, and I hope you savor this one....
Board: Retired Teachers 03-24-2019, 03:11 PM
Replies: 18
Posted By Singvogel
Don't know what the rules are in your state,

but there are limits in mine on if/when you can sub.

Rather than volunteering, what about tutoring, or teaching Online? A little pocket change might be nice...
Board: The VENT 03-23-2019, 06:43 PM
Replies: 8
Posted By Singvogel
Definitely "feel ya"


The special teacher who does something "new" and "wonderful" that you did ten years ago. Or she uses some app to do what you coded for your kids to do on desktops fifteen years ago.

Board: BusyBoard 03-22-2019, 04:15 PM
Replies: 5
Posted By Singvogel
Love Overlightnes' idea

Quick Reads is great.

These days, since EVERYTHING is supposed to be "fun" and "motivating," what about "Fun Reads?"
Board: The VENT 03-13-2019, 04:20 PM
Replies: 3
Posted By Singvogel
I feel ya-

When accountability rests primarily with the teacher (not the student, not the parents, not the administrators), teachers end up feeling just like you're describing.

We do so much to make groups...
Board: BusyBoard 03-10-2019, 09:22 AM
Replies: 3
Posted By Singvogel
Same boat here-

How does it make sense to test children on a full year's standards two months before the school year ends?

Higher-ups all give lip service to "testing is only part of the picture," while we all...
Board: Fifth Grade 03-09-2019, 06:35 AM
Replies: 2
Posted By Singvogel
This is defiance.

I think that no matter if you provide the world's greatest lessons delivered by the world's greatest teacher that it will make any difference. This is a behavioral issue.

It sounds like...
Board: The VENT 02-28-2019, 04:48 AM
Replies: 6
Posted By Singvogel
So sorry

I'm so sorry that this is happening to you. Unfortunately, this is becoming less shocking as we try to deal with these behaviors in the age of trauma informed schools and restorative justice.

Board: BusyBoard 02-25-2019, 05:36 AM
Replies: 4
Posted By Singvogel
I would NEVER

have a student in my home nowadays. Try to find a neutral, public place.

When students lie about what teachers say/do in a full classroom, it's important to protect yourself.
Board: BusyBoard 02-24-2019, 09:17 AM
Replies: 8
Posted By Singvogel
We use Typing Agent.

Before the district got a program, I used Dancemat typing. It was free from the BBC resources.
Board: BusyBoard 02-23-2019, 11:14 AM
Replies: 10
Posted By Singvogel
regular paper, sheet protectors

I'd use regular paper, but then put them in sheet protectors.

If you have a laminator available, that would be another way to increase longevity. I've even done that with cheap two-pocket folders...
Board: BusyBoard 02-17-2019, 06:32 AM
Replies: 4
Posted By Singvogel
Haven't used Grammarly-

I do have my students use the free version of Paper Rater (

It gives basic editing, spelling, and vocabulary use ratings.
Board: BusyBoard 02-11-2019, 08:51 AM
Replies: 4
Posted By Singvogel
Simulation- pricey, but...

I've used simulations from Interact for years. The one on Ancient Greece includes many of the things you mentioned. My students were always highly engaged when learning this way.

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