June 2006 Archives

Katie from Tiny Nose. Big Heart. revels in her decision to leave teaching. But, much as she is enjoying her new life, teaching apparently hasn't entirely left her. I miss having the identity and moment-to-moment thought processes of being a teacher. I find myself reading while at the gym and thinking, "Oh, I ought to share this passage with my students. It offers a perfect illlustration of literary allusion," or "Wow, this song contains great examples of well chosen adverbs." I definitely get a little bummed out when I think that I'll never get to share these tiny wonders with ...


High school graduation is a meaningful milestone. There are the beaming students, dressed smartly in their caps and gowns, and their proud parents and family members, clicking away with the cameras and waving from the audience. Excitement and anticipation fill the air. Except for the teachers. As Erica Jacobs of Teacher Talk points out, graduation loses some of its luster when you sit through it every single year: The speeches, always cliché-ridden, are rarely memorable. This year, on a scale of one to ten, I’d rate them a four. Usually the speeches are about a two, so this was ...


It's summertime, and that means the teachers—especially the younger ones—are back in school. Graduate school, that is. And Epiphany In Baltimore recommends it highly: I spent today marching along the brick paths of Towson University, a backpack slung over my shoulder and a college freshmen look of confusion on my face. How I loved it. College campuses have this energy to them that I miss in my everyday life; it's so cool to be part of whole little community all focused on education. And it's nice to get away from the institutional demands and paperwork of your average...


Fred the Fish over at Are We Doing Anything Today? reflects on the anonymity of teacher bloggers and commenters: I don't know that you need to know who I am to consider my teaching reflections. ...the anonymity of the blogosphere allows me to reflect publicly. It also enables people to vilify others, using language that I wonder ... would you say that to a person's face? A complete stranger? Are teachers more likely to blog incognito than, say, any other sector of worker bees? What with colleagues, superiors, and students as potential readers, it seems as though teachers may indeed have ...


Sometimes it feels really good to be right. Hobo Teacher had one of those moments when he ran into a former student who had been part of a class that often complained about the rigor of his assignments, telling him "This isn't college." His standard response was, "You're right." They were right, because college would chew them up and spit them out. That in college you don't get 10 absences for each class, each semester, let alone 21 tardies. You lose points is what you get. You don't get make-up time in college. You get zeros. You don't have me, ...


Every teacher has likely been saved, at one time or another, by lesson plans that come from somewhere other than his or her own head —the Internet, a teachers' guide, another teacher. But when the source is a close colleague, things can get dicey. Junior High School Teacher recently blogged about the frustration she felt when another teacher—who had been a student teacher in her own classroom a few years ago—commandeered key parts of a beloved poetry unit (right down to the same poems as examples) to use in her class. Then, when the 7th grade students...


Reflecting on the testing period gone by, Waterfall of A Sort of Notebook offers a bit of practical classroom wisdom that new teachers in particular may benefit from: Never drink two liters of water in the morning when you have to give a 2.5-hour exam in the afternoon. ... Words of wisdom from someone who learned the hard way. Thanks for sharing, Waterfall. (No pun intended. That's really her nom de blog.)...


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