Freedom!!

Jun. 16th, 2009 05:45 pm
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Finished my report cards today.

Always pleasant to find out you have more marks for some students than you thought you had.

Only 3 failures. Two of whom haven't shown up for the vast majority of the semester, one of whom refuses to do any work. He, however, managed to eke out a passing grade for the year (51 and 53 percent respectively for the two blocks he was with me).

Also cleaned out all my stuff from the room. There wasn't much, as I tended to cart everything with me. Didn't feel comfortable leaving it in the room... was always feeling like I was cluttering up someone else's space.

So I am now free. Whoopy!

May have to go to the store to get some orange juice and drink screwdrivers tonight to celebrate.

Progress.

Apr. 30th, 2009 07:00 am
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Half way through the second period with my class yesterday, I stood back and looked around the class. They were all sitting quietly, working hard on their folders. And had been all day. And continued to do so for the rest of the period.

Even my most troublesome duo managed to stay their entire alloted time in the classroom, without causing any real disruptions.

The combination of folder work, and the choice it offers, and the incentive program I just put into place has made a huge difference.

I was so relieved. My department head is so thrilled, and so proud of me for sticking it out and succeeding.

I'm pretty proud of myself too. If this keeps up, I will not be worried at all about the rest of the year.
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I just did a round of the mall, picking up flyers for use with my Pre-Employment program (they're getting $250 theoretical dollars to spend on x-mas presents for the family... they need to budget and find presents for all members, including taxes).

What I found: Other than electronics stores, pretty much all teen-centric, high teen interest stores do not print flyers.

I have theories as to why... what are yours?
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Had another professional first today.

Was teaching in a classroom of grade 1s. Had my first encounter of a child having an "accident". *sighs* Had child go and change into spare clothes in backpack, mopped up puddle with handful of paper towel and continued teaching. Had custodian come in and disinfect after school.

Go firsts! Or something. Hehe.

So cute.

Oct. 7th, 2008 05:29 pm
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Substituted for a French Immersion grd 3 class today.

I had to give them a science test.

It was also fresh produce snack day.

The test was on Rabbits.

The produce was giant carrots.

The veggies got delivered right as I was handing out the tests.

So I had 22 kids, writing a test on rabbits, while chomping on giant carrots.

It was sickeningly cute. Sadly the secretary couldn't find the school camera until after they'd finished.

Randomness

Apr. 20th, 2008 08:50 am
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I thought that those of us who suffered through post-secondary and were subjected to too many authors with too much of a love of their own eloquence would be entertained by these - found on an animated lj-icon.

Definitions of Terms Commonly Used in Academia:

It is believed that: I think
It is generally believed that: A couple of others think so too
Correct within an order of magnitude: Wrong
According to statistical analysis: Rumor has it
It has long been known: I didn't look up the original reference
A trend is evident: These data are practically meaningless
Three of the samples were chosen for study: The other results didn't make any sense
Typical Results are shown: This is the prettiest graph
In my experience: Once
In case after case: Twice
In a series of cases: Thrice

And a poem from a teacher's wall that I saw while TOCing and was moved to write down:

Guiding Hand

I dreamt I stood in a studio
And watched two sculptors there
The clay they used was a
young child's mind
And they fashioned it with care
One was a teacher - the tool he used
Were books, music and art
The other, a parent, worked with a
guiding hand
And a gentle, loving heart
Day after day, the teacher toiled with touch
that was deft and sure
While the parent laboured by his side
And polished and smoothed it o'er
And when at last their task was done
They were proud of what they had wrought
For the things they'd molded into the child
Could neither be sold nor bought
And each agreed they would have failed
If each had worked alone
For behind the parent, stood the school
And behind the teacher, the home.

Author Unknown.
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Why is it that days in which you do nothing are the most tiring?

Except teaching kindergarten. Nothing out-tireds that.
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Of interest to Parents, Teachers, and Parents-to-be...

Why Children Lie

http://nymag.com/news/features/43893/
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This is worth watching if you've never seen it before. It will really make you think.

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