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I know every single teacher can relate to this on so many levels.

I know every single teacher can relate to this on so many levels.

APUSH Question?

I teach AP U.S. History and am at a crossroads for grading exams.

In the past I’ve graded tests two ways.

  • On a curve to reflect how the CollegeBoard curves multiple choice questions.
  • No curve but I’ve allowed students to make up missed test questions (write down the correct answer, page number from book, and justification of the correct answer on a separate sheet of paper) for 1/2 credit.

I lean toward no curve and allowing for test corrections. Is this too much of a crutch though? I’m more concerned with them learning the information in the long run. Other suggestions?

Husband and I just put together a VERY aggressive three year plan to pay off all our student loan debt.

Husband and I just put together a VERY aggressive three year plan to pay off all our student loan debt.

(Source: postsecretworld)

rightsided:

This is exactly what happened.


This makes me laugh but it also makes me cringe since Madison was the “father of the constitution.” Jefferson was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence.

rightsided:

This is exactly what happened.

This makes me laugh but it also makes me cringe since Madison was the “father of the constitution.” Jefferson was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence.

(Source: thenewhotness, via girlcanteach)

Tags: education

teachingfeelslike:

When the kids tell me they like my class.

teachingfeelslike:

When the kids tell me they like my class.

(via wincherella)

I think

This just may be my final year in the classroom… I am so unhappy.

Tags: education

Feeling a bit blah today and pics of babyjib always cheer me up.
In case your day is blah too, here’s one from last weekend. Babyjib = bad ass.

Feeling a bit blah today and pics of babyjib always cheer me up.

In case your day is blah too, here’s one from last weekend. Babyjib = bad ass.

Tags: babyjib

Feeling like a nag

I’m starting to feel like a nag with my homeroom class. It’s a group of 8th graders who I truly love, but they’re 8th graders! Some of the more recent and less desirable behaviors they’ve exhibited include:

  • Indifference
  • Non-compliance (completing homework, paying attention to classmates, etc.)
  • Typical 13 year old nonsense

It’s all par for the course really, but I’m needing a little love and inspiration from the #Education community. Do you have key words or phrases that help re-direct student behavior/address misbehavior/emphasize positive behavior?

Blue Slushie Puke

I experienced another first in teaching yesterday. A 6th grade student, C, told me he was having the best day ever. He spent all his money (and then some he found on the floor) on blue slushies at lunch. He consumed not one, not two, but five! He poured each slushie into his camel back and consumed every drop within 20 minutes.

Over the course of a half an hour his sugar high faded into an intense stomach ache, which then transformed into blue slushie puke all over my classroom. So yeah, that happened.

Local JeffCo School Board is looking into censoring AP U.S. History via a committee who would focus on promoting “citizenship, patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free enterprise system, respect for authority and respect for individual rights.”

The memo goes on to say that “materials should not encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law. Instructional materials should present positive aspects of the United States and its heritage.”

Seriously? That version of AP U.S. history would be so disjointed, white-washed, and fundamentally flawed it would take a week to teach. A parting question: how does one teach the American Revolution and respect for authority while avoiding civil disorder, social strife, or disregard of the law?

Historical Narratives + High Schoolers = Hilarity

I assigned my sophomores homework last week. Their task was to write a historical narrative about life in the English colonies. Here are two of my favorite (i.e. ridiculous) excerpts:

"… It was rather easy finding a man considering there are a hella lot of men in the New World."

"After dinner, we crawled into our uncomfortable bed with thin sheets and huddled together to try and stay warm. What we didn’t know was that this lifestyle would be the end of us. About a month later, we all contracted smallpox and dropped dead not much later. THE END"

teachingfeelslike:

Me when students tell me they don’t like the subjects I teach.

teachingfeelslike:

Me when students tell me they don’t like the subjects I teach.

hisnamewasbeanni:

Pamphlet = “pamp-let”Sean = “seen”Nauseous = “nor-see-us”

hisnamewasbeanni:

Pamphlet = “pamp-let”
Sean = “seen”
Nauseous = “nor-see-us”

(Source: sarahseeandersen)

mrsjdr:

TeachThought is doing a reflective teaching blog challenge for the month of September. I thought of my edupeeps here on tumblr and encourage you to jump in anytime and participate as much or as little as you like. If you, tag your post #reflectiveteaching

I also encourage those of you who are not classroom teachers to also participate, and to morph the questions as needed to join in. I know I sometimes have a hard time engaging in these kinds of things now that I’m out of the classroom, which causes me to feel a bit disconnected from my previous identity and the communities I once thrived on, but I’m getting better at breaking the rules to make things less exclusionary when I need to ;)

I think I might try to answer the ones that speak to me, and will do a mix of micro-blog, blog, and vlog posts depending on my mood and which will serve my purpose at the time.

Day 1
Write your goals for the school year. Be as specific or abstract as you’d like to be!

Day 2
Write about one piece of technology that you would like to try this year, and why. You might also write about what you’re hoping to see out of this edtech integration.

Day 3
Discuss one “observation” area that you would like to improve on for your teacher evaluation.

Day 4
Respond: What do you love the most about teaching?

Day 5
Post a picture of your classroom, and describe what you see–and what you don’t see that you’d like to.

Day 6
Explain: What does a good mentor “do”?

Day 7
Who was or is your most inspirational colleague, and why?

Day 8
What’s in your desk drawer, and what can you infer from those contents?

Day 9
Write about one of your biggest accomplishments in your teaching that no one knows about (or may not care).

Day 10
Share five random facts about yourself.
Share four things from your bucket list.
Share three things that you hope for this year, as a “person” or an educator.
Share two things that have made you laugh or cry as an educator.
Share one thing you wish more people knew about you.

Day 11
What is your favorite part of the school day and why?

Day 12
How do you envision your teaching changing over the next five years?

Day 13
Name the top edtech tools that you use on a consistent basis in the classroom, and rank them in terms of their perceived (by you) effectiveness.

Day 14
What is feedback for learning, and how well do you give it to students?

Day 15
Name three strengths you have as an educator.

Day 16
If you could have one superpower to use in the classroom, what would it be and how would it help?

Day 17
What do you think is the most challenging issue in education today?

Day 18
Create a metaphor/simile/analogy that describes your teaching philosophy. For example, a “teacher is a ________…”

Day 19
Name three powerful students can reflect on their learning, then discuss closely the one you use most often.

Day 20
How do you curate student work–or help them do it themselves?

Day 21
Do you have other hobbies/interests that you bring into your classroom teaching? Explain.

Day 22
What does your PLN look like, and what does it to for your teaching?

Day 23
Write about one way that you “meaningfully” involve the community in the learning in your classroom. If you don’t yet do so, discuss one way you could get started.

Day 24
Which learning trend captures your attention the most, and why? (Mobile learning, project-based learning, game-based learning, etc.)

Day 25
The ideal collaboration between students–what would it look like?

Day 26
What are your three favorite go-to sites for help/tips/resources in your teaching?

Day 27
What role do weekends and holidays play in your teaching?

Day 28
Respond: Should technology drive curriculum, or vice versa?

Day 29
How have you changed as an educator since you first started?

Day 30
What would you do (as a teacher) if you weren’t afraid?