Monday, February 20, 2012

what do you do?

i have tried to write this post at least 15 times but i can't seem to get my thoughts in order.  i have so much to say but i don't how to get it all out.  do you ever have those moments?  i have decided to make another top ten list for this post.  i know i was supposed to make it friday but i didn't.  i kept trying to write it and well it didn't work so hopefully this time it will. 

10.  i want to eventually work on education policy but i feel like i have so much to learn before i can even think about that.
9.  i think standardized testing is a joke.
8.  i think a day of professional development is a joke.  i think it should be more than just one day a year.  
7.  just because it isn't in your contract doesn't mean you can't help others.
6.  i think that before you teach you must also spend a year in the corporate world.
5.  teachers are people too.
4.  just because i am a new teacher doesn't mean i'm naive.
3.  not all students are created equal.
2. sometimes teachers act worse than students.
1. not all parents are evil.  

what are some things you want to get off your chest?  are you scared to death to share things too?  

Sunday, February 19, 2012

how many hats do you wear?

i have been teaching for the past three years and in these past three years i have learned some amazing things.  i have also met some amazing people.  while teaching these past few years i have worn various different hats. what kind of hats you ask?  i am the head volleyball coach (rule #1 is don't hit me with the ball!), assistant softball coach, english department head, remedial english teacher and on grade level english teacher, building leadership committee member, vice president of facality advisory comittee (drafted not volunteered!), yearbook advisor, and those are just the ones that are ongoing.  my school is understaffed, underfunded, and underappreciated by the district.  we are supposed to close in a few years to become an elementary school due to the MAPS project (which stinks!) and it upsets me.  i teach some of the greatest kids ever and we are one of the few schools not overcrowded.  this is not a woe is me post this is just a how many hats do you wear post?  what are you actively involved in at school? do you wish you could do more or less? sometimes i feel like i don't get to see my husband (and we haven't even been married a year yet) but he gets that my job right now is very taxing.  i love him for that understanding.  :) 

Friday, February 10, 2012

top 10 things i have learned this week....

i love top ten lists! when "passing notes" in high school we used to make top tens for tons of silly reasons so i have decided to bring it back.  i am hoping to make this a regular post for my fridays.  we shall see! i always have the best of intentions but then life gets in the way. ha ha!

top 10 things i have learned this week..
10.  i have taught quite a few siblings and i've only been teaching 3 years.
 9. just because you are a teacher doesn't mean you know everything.
 8. showing your students that you can't do everything doesn't mean you are weak.
 7.  going to school with an ear infection and sinus infection makes for one cranky    
 6. if you talk to another male teacher in the building you are automatically dating according to your students.  (no matter that you are married)
 5.  i truly love my job.
 4. opening my pay check is depressing.
 3. having those students that you can rely on makes all the difference in the world.
 2. teachers are people too.
 1. please and thank you are two of the most important words in the english

What are some of the things you have learned this week?      

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