Updating the calendar in K on Tuesday and someone asked who MLK Jr. was. Student 1, “King Jr. Is my dad!” Student 2: “Well, Obama is MY dad.” Student 3: “Yeah, well my Mama is drama!” (while shaking hands in the air). Go team.
1st grade friend couldn’t remember my name and started to call me Mrs. Gray. He said my name so often that the entire class and the other sub in the room began calling me Mrs. Gray, too, because they thought they had my real name wrong. That’s fine.
“After Wikipedia blackrout (sic), somewhere, a student today is doing original research and getting his/her facts straight. Perish the thought.”—Jonathan Lamy, RIAA’s Senior Vice President of Communications, regarding Wikipedia’s blackout in protest of SOPA and PIPA. He later deleted the tweet. (via officialssay)
It’s sad bc he almost had a point regarding students today using actual reference materials other than the Internet.
Today I practiced letter writing with some 2nd grade friends. We were practicing the placement of the five parts of a letter: date, greeting, body, closing, and signature. I set up an empty form and picked out to whom the letter would be sent. The class decided what my letter would say:
January 12, 2012
My day was fabulous! Today I had so much fun doing my job. I wrestled John Cena! I lost, but he decided to be my friend. We went out for ice cream. Maybe next time you can come, too.
I was shocked that they picked the word fabulous and that they let me lose to John Cena!
I subbed in a second grade classroom today and ended our afternoon with a picture book of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. At the end of the story, I noticed one little girl in the front is visibly upset. When I ask her why she says, ” Student K (sitting behind her) said that if this was back in Martin Luther King Jr. times, some people wouldn’t be in this classroom right now and I think she means me.” It is these type of unfiltered one-liners that get me.
So is the Tea Party perspective to let parents object to any factual content they find to be inconvenient? This type of nonsense is ridiculous.
The Tea Party dominated New Hampshire Legislature on Wednesday overrode the governor’s veto to enact a new law allowing parents to object to any part of the school curriculum.
The state House voted 255-112 and Senate 17-5 to enact H.B. 542, which will allow parents to request an alternative school curriculum for any subject to which they register an objection. Gov. John Lynch (D) vetoed the measure in July, saying the bill would harm education quality and give parents control over lesson plans.
“For example, under this bill, parents could object to a teacher’s plan to: teach the history of France or the history of the civil or women’s rights movements,” Lynch wrote in his veto message. “Under this bill, a parent could find ‘objectionable’ how a teacher instructs on the basics of algebra. In each of those cases, the school district would have to develop an alternative educational plan for the student. Even though the law requires the parents to pay the cost of alternative, the school district will still have to bear the burden of helping develop and approve the alternative. Classrooms will be disrupted by students coming and going, and lacking shared knowledge.”
This shit is crazy.
I find myself hoping that the only evidence which eventually remains is electronic and irretrievably corrupted so future generations won’t quite know how monstrously, unforgivably stupid was this new dark age.
I spent the whole day in first grade today (obviously loving every minute of it). Over the course of the day I sent four, yea you heard that right, kids home for the stomach flu. There were also two more with symptoms, but it was late in the school day to send them home. While at lunch with the other first and kindergarten teachers, I was told that the stomach flu had been creeping up the hallway all week. Can you believe that?? Four days of school and the stomach flu has crept up half of the school?! Needless to say, I had been rubbing hand sanitizer all over myself all day. Cross your fingers for me.
Today I had my first teacher adventure into middle school. As a music teacher. Here are a few exciting things that I discovered over the course of the day:
1. Boys wear baby pink Christmas sweaters accented with pearls and tinsel (wow, rock it!).
2. 5th graders can get lip/chin piercings (geniune surprise there..).
3. Even the nerdy boys wear skinny jeans (fashion forward, I’m impressed).
4. It’s acceptable for teachers to walk around with more than two strands of tinsel in their hair. The kind you have to pay $3 a strand for…One strand might be more understandable due to the festive nature of pre-holiday school time. 4+ strands confuse me.
T-minus one day til student excitement reaches a head. Hold on tight, teacher friends!
One of the spelling center activities today used a cookie sheet and magnetic letters to practice spelling Dolch words. One little, very well-behaved cherub was a spelling rockstar and worked diligently through the Dolch word list independently. Believing that he was fine, I continued my circulation around the room to ensure the other students were all set. Fast forward three minutes later and little friend has come up to get my attention. He had spelled two sentences and would like me to come and see his masterpiece. What did he spell?
"The dog is pooping outside," and "My mom is a fox."
All words were spelled correctly. He used appropriate phonemic awareness skills to decode the unfamiliar words. Dare I say that I am a little proud?
I saw the title of this article and I thought it was a joke.
Fast forward a few minutes later and I am now trying not to become irate and secretly still hoping this is a joke. With all of the standards, evaluations, and general requirements of the education system that teachers face every day, how is this possible? All of those wonderful, desreving teachers grouped with two musical performers who have yet to write a song with proper grammar?
My favorite part just might be this quote from Melvin El, CEO of Southern-Florida’s Best Education Place, “They’re teaching them better — in many cases — than teachers in the classrooms. Of course they were waning on the content — they weren’t teaching the things that would make kids successful in life, but again, the point that my team was making is that they’re teaching kids in an abundant way.”
This article and honorary award really is a joke, right?