Take a moment and just reflect on the good things on what being a teacher means to you. Even if you're not a teacher, you can still think about your former teachers and how they have meant to you.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
This is a cool little flick about the life of new teacher and all the drama that goes along with it. Ofcourse there are a few things that are a bit over dramatic (the love scene and the whole race issue) but there are also some things that are dead on. (Like the gossip in the teachers lounge, the boring faculty meetings)
Anyways inspite of all that, this is an enjoyable little movie that is a good attempt to show what life is like for teachers. What changes would you like to see in this movie, or did you think it was dead on?
Here's the info on the clip:
*Winner: 2008 - People's Choice Award*
His whole life Tim Donnely has had one dream: to become a teacher. Fresh out of college, Tim is ready to realize that dream and revolutionize education. However, hes in for a rude awakening when he butts heads with jaded educators and a professional teacher-coach sent to retool the faculty. Throw in a celebrity music teacher and a search for a new principal, and youve got the first episode of Teachers. Everyone has been to school; everyone has had teachers. We are now proud to lift the veil and reveal the true colors of American academia from the teachers perspective.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
With the new year coming I thought this clip might help get the teaching juices flowing for the coming year. Watching teachers like this, really makes me enjoy want I do for living. I really don't think I would enjoy doing anything else.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Maybe it's just me, but I always enjoy looking at what other people bring for lunch. I might even ask for a small portion if it really looks good. Nothing wrong in that right....hmmmm nothing unless ofcourse you're Alvin I.S.D.
A student from Manvel High School had shared a pizza with his friends during lunch while auditors from the health agency where at that school. Since this offense has already been stated in the guidlines, the state of Texas will with hold funds of $1,800 for Manvel High School. That's a hefty fine for something like this, but then again Texas is rated 6 in childhood obesity.
Here's the story.
Cynthia Dunbar has been strongly advocating more Christianity in the public schools. Her new book, One Nation Under God, argues that the country's founding fathers created "an emphatically Christian government" and believed that government should be guided by a "biblical litmus test."
Ok right about now you're probably thinking..."so what, just another crazy extremist in our society. WRONG!!!! Cynthia Dunbar is a member of the State Board of Education in Texas.
I'm surprised that this has not been on many other people's radars....but this is a huge story. Imagine hiring a waiter at your steak restaurant who turns out later to be an extreme member of PETA. It's almost as a crazy, only the scary thing, is that Cynthis doesn't seem to be concered with how others feel about her stance.
"The fact that the Texas Freedom Network is diametrically opposed to my positions is not anything that is shocking to me, nor is it upsetting to me," she said.
I'm pretty much scared and nervous right now. If something is not done soon, she might start implimenting some of her beliefs into the public education. Hopefully more people will soon find out about this and try to do something about it. I hope sooner than later.
You can read more about her in this article from the houston chronicle.
Can you imagine working for a school district where one of your top administrators shares her same belief?
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Ok so the first time I posted this story the video wasn't working too well. Here's for round 2. Here are 2 high school teachers who are trying to make a point in that if you had to live on just $30 a month for food, you find that it's really hard to eat healthy nutritious food. However in their blog they have been able to not only do this but also provide reciepes as well as updates on their upcoming book project.
The point being is that some of our students are also living on tight budgets and might not be abel to afford to eat healthy food. It's no wonder obseity is at a rapid rate now in school age kids. Parents are simply finding it difficult to afford foods that are not only affordable but also full of proper nutrients.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
1. Share three things that you believe about all students.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Today I had the most awkward situation that I have experienced yet as a teacher. I was working with a student with his reading when the school sectratary came in and asked if I had called this student's mom. When I told her no and she left, the student said "I want to slap that woman in the face". I was shocked and had him go and apologize to the sectratary. As I was walking him to the office to write an office referral as I see his mom sitting up in the front already. She was waiting to speak to the principal so I just simply explained what happened and I went in to finish my report. When I came out the mom asked me to explain to her again what happened. Then she asked if he went ahead and did hit her. When I told her that it was him just simply using words, she got upset and mad At ME....for "making a big deal out of nothing". She went on to say that students should be allowed to say what they need to say, as long as they don't go ahead and follow through with it. (I know....I was shocked too).
Really at this point, there was nothing I could say that would make any sense to her. Clearly she was stuck on her point, and made it clear that teachers are wasting their time with these little issues. Now what really made me a little upset, was during this whole speech, her son was right there listening to the whole thing. It's no wonder these kids are where they are today.
Let me just go ahead and whip out my magic wand from my back pocket and fix all of these problems in a single wave. I'm sure that would make everything allright. Well...seeing as how i don't have one of those handy...i do however have a clip that i found off of youtube of a parent yelling at what seems like a pta conference. The picture quality is not that great, but you get the jest of what's going on. Enjoy.
Monday, December 1, 2008