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Posts Made By: mrteacherguy
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 09-02-2021, 07:54 AM
Replies: 4
Posted By mrteacherguy
Rocks and Minerals Unit without materials

I will be teaching a rocks and minerals unit in a couple of weeks, however, I don't have any actual rocks and minerals kits to work with.

There will be at least a little bit of interactivity...
Board: Classroom Management 08-14-2021, 11:13 AM
Replies: 2
Posted By mrteacherguy
Quiet zone

As part of our schoolwide PBIS initiative this year, each teacher is required to have a spot set aside in their room as a “quiet zone” with a comfy chair or rug.

The purpose behind this is to give...
Board: BusyBoard 07-28-2021, 04:00 AM
Replies: 7
Posted By mrteacherguy
Starting Over - Where do I find supplies/materials?

My family moved across the country this summer, and due to lack of storage space and uncertainty with what I would be doing when I got here (Columbus, OH area), I got rid of 99% of my teaching...
Board: The Job Search 06-06-2021, 01:30 PM
Replies: 1
Posted By mrteacherguy
Looking in Ohio

Any advice/suggestions for getting middle school teaching positions (math and/or science) in Ohio?

We will be moving to the Columbus area, where my wife is originally from, later this month. I...
Board: Career Decisions 04-11-2021, 03:30 AM
Replies: 3
Posted By mrteacherguy
Leaving the Profession

For the second time in two years, I am facing the realization that continuing my career as a teacher probably isn't the best thing for myself or my family.

This is my eighth year, and at least...
Board: The VENT 04-09-2021, 05:34 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By mrteacherguy
Always blame the teacher

I'll be the first to admit that there are things I can - and should - be doing that I'm not as a teacher, and there are a plethora of things that I could be doing better.

I'll also say that in...
Board: Career Decisions 03-15-2021, 01:51 PM
Replies: 1
Posted By mrteacherguy
Old Evals and Certificates

This isn't so much a career decision question as it is one concerning all of those papers we collect during our career.

I am in my 8th year of teaching, and between the two districts and three...
Board: The VENT 11-15-2020, 07:53 PM
Replies: 4
Posted By mrteacherguy

Does anyone else not feel like the teacher they want to be?

I know that there is a world of difference between the picture of education they try to paint in undergrad programs and the real...
Board: The Job Search 08-17-2020, 05:46 PM
Replies: 5
Posted By mrteacherguy
There aren't really any positions

I'm not even to the point of interviewing yet, but my family has been looking to move near Columbus, OH, and there is almost nothing out there.

As another person said, I kept hearing about all...
Board: Classroom Management 08-14-2020, 01:06 PM
Replies: 4
Posted By mrteacherguy
Class Dojo during distance learning

I've never really used Class Dojo, but my fifth graders seem really excited about it (apparently some of their prior teachers have used it).

I'm trying to get ideas as to what + and - points I...
Board: The VENT 06-22-2020, 12:59 PM
Replies: 11
Posted By mrteacherguy
Masks in the classroom

As districts are planning and preparing for the 2020-2021 school year, I'm seeing that a lot of them will be requiring students and/or teachers to wear face masks.

If there's anyone from a...
Board: The VENT 05-21-2020, 05:05 PM
Replies: 31
Posted By mrteacherguy
Do You Ever Regret Becoming a Teacher?

Do you ever regret becoming a teacher?

When I'm able to do my job and actually teach my students, and have those times when they are interested and invested in what we're doing, I enjoy being...
Board: The VENT 05-06-2020, 12:29 PM
Replies: 10
Posted By mrteacherguy
Always copying the principal

Does anyone else hate it when parents routinely attach admin to every communication they send you?

I have some parents that are teachers at another school, and every single time they send me an...
Board: Fifth Grade 05-06-2020, 03:58 AM
Replies: 1
Posted By mrteacherguy
Moving from middle school to fifth

Hey all!

This coming school year, 2020-2021, I will be moving from teaching middle school to teaching fifth grade.

For the last seven years I've been teaching 6th, 7th, or 8th grade, either...
Board: The Job Search 04-23-2020, 07:28 PM
Replies: 4
Posted By mrteacherguy
In my response I just said that ideally there...

In my response I just said that ideally there shouldn't be any students that fail, but that in reality there will probably be a few that end up failing.

In hindsight, I think the biggest problem...
Board: The Job Search 04-23-2020, 05:43 PM
Replies: 4
Posted By mrteacherguy
Interview Question

I recently had an interview that I thought went well, but was not selected for the position (even though the principal admitted they were still looking at other candidates).

I asked the...
Board: Classroom Management 04-07-2020, 08:16 PM
Replies: 5
Posted By mrteacherguy
4th/5th vs middle school

This question is less about the discipline side of classroom management and more about the relationships.

During my 7 years as a teacher, I have always been at the middle school level; 6th and...
Board: Career Decisions 03-26-2020, 09:47 AM
Replies: 0
Posted By mrteacherguy
Unsure what to do

I a while back I posted about giving up on my teaching career, at least for now, due in large part to the extremely difficult year I've been having in terms of student behavior and lack of admin...
Board: The VENT 03-01-2020, 06:41 PM
Replies: 7
Posted By mrteacherguy
Another hole in the wall

On Friday, as one of my classes was coming in during transitions, a student ran to the back of the room and kicked a big hole in the wall. I didn't see who it was, as I was at the door reminding...
Board: Career Decisions 02-19-2020, 03:57 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By mrteacherguy
Throwing in the towel

I had to leave my class today, have admin cover for me. This is the fourth time this year it has happened. In my prior six years it never happened once.

After practically breaking down into tears,...
Board: The VENT 01-28-2020, 02:42 PM
Replies: 8
Posted By mrteacherguy
At my breaking point

This is my 7th year teaching middle school, but lately I've been feeling as out of my depth as a first year teacher. I am at a different school/district than I was in during my first six years.

Board: The VENT 12-28-2019, 03:36 PM
Replies: 5
Posted By mrteacherguy
Lack of foundational skills/behaviors

I've started the process of looking for jobs/careers outside of teaching. Even though I love learning and went into teaching with the hopes of passing that on to my students, there are too many...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 12-02-2019, 07:47 AM
Replies: 2
Posted By mrteacherguy
Christmas cards, yes or no?

I have taught middle school (6th, 7th, and now 8th), for the last 7 years. Out of that, I think 4 or 5 times I have take the time to handwrite brief notes on Christmas cards and stick a mini candy...
Board: Classroom Management 10-22-2019, 05:10 PM
Replies: 5
Posted By mrteacherguy
I can't teach my classes

The last two years have been a huge struggle for me in terms of classroom management.

It seems like there are a couple of class periods, not always the same one everyday, where I can't get through...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 10-20-2019, 04:22 PM
Replies: 2
Posted By mrteacherguy
Students not completing work

Students not completing (or even starting) their work is a problem that I know a lot teachers face, and despite being in my seventh year of teaching at the middle school level, I still haven't...

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