We don’t believe a word about all that supposed extra time teachers say they put in. No one in the real world can imagine having 3-4 months a year off from their job. Teachers have this little habit of saying what their ANNUAL salary is, but not wanting to note that they only work about 8 months for that pay. A little more honesty from teachers would go a LONG WAY.
Also, I doubt this district exists:
What makes you think teacher’s salaries are substantially less? Locally we have many teachers making over $90k a year, not counting any summer classes they teach and/or coaching they might do. Now add to this that it’s only for 180 days a year and that each day includes less then 5 hours of actual teaching I have to wonder why more people aren’t disgusted by this?
I just…don’t have words right now. Some people might tell me to “get used” to these types of comments and views towards teachers. But I refuse to ignore them or “get used” to them. I will always be bothered when someone attacks the career I am passionate about and spent tens of thousands of dollars preparing for.
I am completely appalled. I don’t even… there are no words for the anger and frustration I feel right now.
3-4 months off? These people do not know how calendars work. Even if I actually had every day of the summer completely off and did zero school work, it would still be only just over two months. And of course it’s a working vacation.
How do people have so little understanding of what teaching actually entails?
Dares: You may put requests in people’s asks. For example, I dare Pablo to build a fort with his wife in their new house. You have the right to not do a dare without any peer pressure. For example, I will not post a picture of how messy my room is right now.
“None but those who have experienced them can conceive of the enticements of science. In other studies, you go as far as others have gone before you, and there is nothing more to know; but in a scientific pursuit there is continual food for discovery and wonder.”—
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
For all you wonderful science teachers out there. :)
Let’s talk about how much I want to teach Frankenstein.
This dinner is taking considerably more time and effort than I intended to invest, so it had better damn well be delicious.
Also makes me wish I had someone to cook for. One of my biggest frustrations about being single is how rarely I get to share my cooking adventures with someone.
Edit: The thing about being single and liking to cook does not have a lot to do with quantity. Buying produce is a little tricky but that’s not what bothers me. I really enjoy cooking, and I specifically enjoy cooking for other people. I love making dishes to share with friends or family. I really love hosting people and cooking with/for my guests. When I cook at home by myself, I am saddened by how little opportunity I have to share it with loved ones. If I had a boyfriend, I’d have a built-in person to share meals with.
Ugh, I just don’t even know where to begin with the pile of nonsense that is my office.
So far I have made a “trash” pile and a “print teaching resources” pile.
And I have decided on where the twin bed will go and where I will move the bookshelf.
And I noticed, sadly, that my beautiful Middle Earth map looks like it is starting to get moldy :( Replacing it will be difficult, as it came out of my hardcover copy of Fellowship and does not look like the map from the films. And it’s 15” x 18”.
What was your most favorite thing about moving to a completely new city as a first year teacher? What was the scariest thing?
My favorite thing was the overwhelming sense of freedom and possibility. There’s really nothing like a fresh start in a new city, and it’s an experience everyone should have at least once. The super great thing about doing that as a first year teacher was how it forced me to immerse myself in my classroom and reach out to colleagues—I had nothing else.
The scary part was the loneliness. Not just the being by myself part, but knowing that if I needed help with something, the closest person was 90ish miles away. The complete lack of support system was so overwhelming.
Tell us about the trip to Stonehenge that's in your icon photo.
I spent a semester doing study abroad in London. Our program did a day trip out to Stonehenge & Bath. It was a blustery January day, and as a helicopter flew over Stonehenge I marveled at the scope of human history. Stonehenge is a staggering, humbling, and evocative site.
My class song was “Don’t Stop Believin’.” At senior prom, when the DJ put it on, all the seniors formed a giant circle on the dance floor and belted it out together. Super cheesy, but it brought tears to my eyes and genuinely made me feel connected to all of those eager and optimistic young adults. I remember thinking that we were about to take the world by storm, and that only amazing things were waiting for us.
My summer travels are officially complete, and I’ll be home now until school starts.
1) CLEAN OFFICE. I need the office to be a functional and clutter-free workspace so that I can actually accomplish work at my desk. And I need to rearrange it a bit because when I get my new bed, my old twin bed needs to go in there as a guest space. This is my goal for tomorrow and Wednesday.
2) New curtains for the office and my bedroom.
3) Wall art of some sort for my bedroom. I think I want to try something creative with maps.
4) License plates on Wed! Finally.
5) Doctor on Thursday for my foot. It’s nothing too serious—I had an ingrown nail that got infected. So it’s fine, just sore and needs continual cleaning and monitoring.
6) Try out some new vegetarian recipes.
7) Map out first quarter for ecology.
I’ve enjoyed every minute of my summer adventures (well, except for the painful bits of the ER), but it feels good to settle back into home and get organized for August.
In my four years of teaching, I have been in three different school districts in two different states. This, my fifth year, will put me in school district number 4. As the eternal “new guy,” I have experienced all types of administration and their various ideas of helping out us new people. Some…
“A woman’s worst nightmare? That’s pretty easy. Novelist Margaret Atwood writes that when she asked a male friend why men feel threatened by women, he answered, “They are afraid women will laugh at them.” When she asked a group of women why they feel threatened by men, they said, “We’re afraid of being killed.”—
This reminds me of a discussion we had in school, and one girl was talking about living in fear of her safety because she is a girl, and this guy chimed in and was all “It’s hard for guys too! I’m so awkward around girls! It’s embarrassing!” Yeah, not the same thing, exactly?
This reminds me of an article about online (heterosexual) dating that I read a while ago. It listed men’s and women’s worst fears about meeting someone from online. The highest ranked fear that men had was that their date would be fat, whereas the highest ranked fear that women had was that their date would turn out to be violent and kill them.
I have heard this phrase uttered by my students too many times. I will hear it after fifteen to twenty minutes of breaking down a writing prompt as a class, using their prior knowledge of previous assignments to create an outline for them to follow. Or, sometimes it’s a journal entry asking their opinion on a controversial topic (read: The Super Bowl is being changed into a poetry writing contest; how do you convince the NFL Board this is a terrible mistake?) or offering a quirky scenario that will elicit a creative response (read: You are caller #1 on 99.5FM; how do you convince the DJ you deserve tickets to your favorite artist’s concert?). And yet still, I hear: “I don’t know what you want me to write.”
“When gays get so angry about a chicken sandwich, it is because Chick-fil-A has given around $5 million to fight to discriminate against us. When we praise brave Eagle Scouts who give up their badges in protest of the Boy Scouts of America’s prejudice, it’s not about scoring political points; it’s because there are kids in dens who are being taught to believe that they are less than equal. When we rant about the pastor who preaches that gays should be thrown into a concentration camp, we scream out of fear. And our fears are justified — in the last seven days, a lesbian in Nebraska was carved with a knife, a gay man in Oklahoma was firebombed, and a girl in Kentucky was kicked and beaten — her jaw broken and her teeth knocked out — while her assailants allegedly hurled anti-gay slurs at her.”—
Here’s some good news: among the best practices for teaching content to English Language Leaners are strategies and techniques that classroom teachers already use. The main components of sheltering instruction - using cooperative groups, multiple intelligences, authentic assessment— are nothing…
More than thirty years ago, Stephen Krashen hypothesized that language is acquired when learners receive input that is just above their own level. If the gap between what a student can produce and what she hears or reads is too great, more language won’t be acquired. That’s an easily accepted…
“Call me a converted skeptic. Three years ago I identified problems in previous climate studies that, in my mind, threw doubt on the very existence of global warming. Last year, following an intensive research effort involving a dozen scientists, I concluded that global warming was real and that the prior estimates of the rate of warming were correct. I’m now going a step further: Humans are almost entirely the cause.”—
“True gender equality is actually perceived as inequality. A group that is made up of 50% women is perceived as being mostly women. A situation that is perfectly equal between men and women is perceived as being biased in favor of women.
And if you don’t believe me, you’ve never been a married woman who kept her family name. I have had students hold that up as proof of my “sexism.”
My own brother told me that he could never marry a woman who kept her name because “everyone would know who ruled that relationship.” Perfect equality – my husband keeps his name and I keep mine – is held as a statement of superiority on my part.”—
What do you think are the biggest thing’s that we can do to improve education in public schools?
Vote for improving schools every chance you get. If you’re a parent, get as involved in your kids’ education as you can…without troubling the teachers ;-). The longest journey begins with a single step. In my view, we have to support schools, which might be written $upport $chool$$$. That takes taxes, and that takes a majority of us believing in public education.
I’m so flattered. I actually have a lot of thoughts about PD (shocking, right?) and plan to blog a bit about it before the end of the summer. Tolerance and equity are always hovering around the edges of what I do and are not made explicit often enough. I am not yet officially a mentor myself to anyone, but it’s another topic I have strong thoughts on given how much strong mentoring has shaped me as a teacher. So we’ll see what I get to!
I just got my copy of the They Might Be Giants album, Here Comes Science! in the mail, and I would like to start out by saying it is AWESOME. I love They Might Be Giants anyway, but to take some scientific concepts (Scientific Method, The Solar System, The Elements, The…
In the vast majority of states, the teaching of evolution is not only protected but REQUIRED by state standards. It is much, much less of a widespread issue than the public thinks it is.
(Granted, it exists an issue in some places and it certainly shouldn’t, but you’re much more likely to find that everyone is OK about evolution than that the teacher is colluded for teaching it.)
let me remind my followers that there is a #studentteaching tag and to follow it on their dash. Many past student teachers are now some of the best #education tumblrs out there to follow so keep your eyes peeled, ladies and gents.
Other important tags:
Anything I’m missing?
*The student teaching tag I follow has a space in-between student and teaching, like so, #student teaching
My favorite experiment to talk about is the Hershey-Chase experiment. This was done in the 1950s by Alfred Hershey and Martha Chase. They ingeniously used bacteriophages to demonstrate that DNA, not protein, was responsible for the inheritance of traits. I like it because it is elegant and requires very little background knowledge to appreciate. Students like it because they get it, but they also limit because bacteriophages look like spaceships. It’s a great anecdote for reinforcing nature of science, and using it to intro DNA allows students to draw the conclusion that DNA transmits traits for themselves using the same data as Hershey and Chase.
My favorite experiment to do with kids is the calorimeter lab. They set food on fire and then calculate the amount of calories in the different food samples based on temperature change. It’s memorable and allows for productive conversations about energy content in different types of foods and molecules. I like that it dramatically visualizes chemical energy.
“England [sic] is just a small island. Its roads and houses are small. With few exceptions, it doesn’t make things that people in the rest of the world want to buy. And if it hadn’t been separated from the continent by water, it almost certainly would have been lost to Hitler’s ambitions.”—
“I want all these young people to be getting a higher education, and I don’t want them loaded up with tens of thousands of dollars of debt just to get an education. That’s how we make America great.
Of course, that means all of you all have got to hit the books. I’m just saying. Don’t cheer and then you didn’t do your homework.
Because that’s part of the bargain, that’s part of the bargain—America says we will give you opportunity, but you’ve got to earn your success.
You’re competing against young people in Beijing and Bangalore. They’re not hanging out. They’re not playing video games. They’re not watching “Real Housewives.” I’m just saying. It’s a two-way street. You’ve got to earn success.
That wasn’t in my prepared remarks. But I’m just saying.”—President Obama today, keeping it real (via barackobama)