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Friday, January 28th, 2011
10:50 am

I'm a director and a teacher at a daycare/preschool. I was wondering if anyone has an idea on where I can get a good quality CHEAP curriculum. I'm very familiar with Creative Curriculum. We are a newer center and I'm trying to get NAEYC accredited. I hope someone can help us! Thanks so much!

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Thursday, October 9th, 2008
5:40 pm
so i have a new student and he's new to the country and does not know any enlgish. he's in the middle years 6-8.

let me clarify, he can say the alphabet and name a few objects and that's about it.

where do i start with him?

sounds? phoneme work? alphabet books? or making alphabet books?

do i read books aloud to him? I know dual language books would be helpful, but how can he respond to it if he doesn't know the words to use?
seems like a catch 22 to me.
use read aloud books on a tape casseettte?

but how do i get him started on writing? he wants to write, but when given the chance writes very little.
doesn't like copying things either.
how to learn how to read and write and communicate in awhole new language.

I've given his teacher some scribed work for him to work on like a journal.. with a very simple format and then some books for him to make.. but that's about it.

i know that i can't teach language seperately and that it has to be in context.

thankfully, i have a dual language dictionary.. it will come in usueful.. somewhat anywyas.

i just need to get organized and have a good flow / program
days for writing
days for reading
and days for oral communication
Monday, August 25th, 2008
3:34 pm
Hi, I just got an ESL position which is English as a Second language.
I've never taught it and i don't know what to do on the first day. although i do have the qualification for it. i've mostly been in special education classes. and i think its easier than i think it is but i'm making it hard for myself by thinking about it.

*** I have to make up my own schedule and schedule it around the other grade 6,7, and 8 teachers. any suggestions? i know this is usually a leadership role..but i'm not quite sure how to start this year off. any suggestions for programing for esl? any suggestions for assessments for the beginning of the year? i don't even know how to use our esl program that updates students..
what should i be looking for in their osr's? ontario student records? or files? any other thoughts or ideas would be welcomed and very much appreciated.

I'm pulling my hair out. i don't know how to start the first day or what to do on the first day. or what classes i will be seeing. i have to organize all this myself. i'll be in the school this thursday but wont have any access to student information or anything b/c i'm not set up yet.
I will not be in a classroom. I will probably pull the kids out.. what do i do? do you team teach?

***my principle has asked me to make up a letter for the parents and i don't know what to write in this letter.. i don't know if its a welcome letter.. or an introductory letter about my program or what to expect as a new student to the school or the country. or if it should be about community resources..and such. any suggestions?

***my principle also asked me if i would feel comfortable presenting to the staff as it is a mix of new and old teachers and many don't know anything about teach english language learners.. ell or esl its all quite the same and quite different.. but whatever. any ideas or resources that i could refer to?
how would you create an interesting or interactive seminar for your peers? any advice for a new teacher?

i know i would probably be responsible for programing for language arts and then making modifications or accomodations for the others subjects such as science, math and social studies. any ideas or resources would be great.
Monday, October 16th, 2006
7:20 pm
Picture Cards for 15-year-olds?
I'm looking for material for 15-year-old English L2 students. I was thinking along the lines of comic strips without text. I'd cut the squares and jumble them, and ask the students to arrange the pictures in logical order (while discussing it in English with their partners, of course). When they would have agreed on how to arrange the pictures, I would ask them to put into words what they think is going on in the pictures.

Does anyone know any good sites where I could find such things? I don't need a specific theme, but if it's interesting to 15-year-olds, so much the better! :)

Current Mood: relaxed
Monday, October 2nd, 2006
7:12 pm
Do any of you use the new Macmillan/McGraw Hill Science book for 5th grade??

We are just starting Unit A on plant cells, animal cells, etc.

I am looking for good lessons that you use. I am a student teacher and really want to impress my co-op and have the kis enjoy learning this stuff. Any ideas?? Thanks!!!

x-posted a few places
Saturday, September 16th, 2006
1:32 pm
Hello, new member here!
Hi, I'm new to this community and I wanted to introduce myself. I'm Lola, soon 26 years old and I'm currently studying to become a teacher. I'm doing my master's in English and I have French as a minor. This year I'm in the very intense teacher's pedagogical studies programme, which leaves me little time for anything else. The topics that come up in classes and in discsussions with classmates will pop up frequently in my journal as well.

I'm glad I found this community! Now, if I run into any teaching related problems, I know where to go for support and new ideas. :)

Current Mood: cold
Wednesday, September 13th, 2006
7:37 pm
I think I am going to create an interactive bulletin board when I teach (IF I teach) the unit on astronomy to my 5th graders. The main thing I want them to get out of the lessons are the names of the planets, the order of them and how the planets all stay together because of gravity and inertia.

Any good ideas about creating a really fun and interesting interactive bulletin board? I don't just want to put up different sized and colored circles and have thm put them in order.

Thanks! :)

Saturday, September 2nd, 2006
7:18 pm
Does anyone here use the Harcourt Reading program with 5th grade? I am doing Sees Behind Trees (story number 2) my second week in and wanted to know if anyone uses any cool activities with the story? Thanks in advance!

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006
5:52 pm
"I Hate Reading" solutions.
So, I'm teaching this Appreciation of Lit class. Today, when we were doing intros, about 75% of my class stated they hate reading. Now, they really didn't have the chance to CHOOSE this class -- my school is so small and has so few elective offerings that this class is simply the one that worked with their schedule.

Silly me -- didn't take this into much consideration. I just heard "elective" and figured MOST kids would have SOME interest. And there are a few kids in there who are jazzed about the class.

I have freshman to seniors in there, btw. *sigh*

So...help?! I need some ideas on how to teach Appreciation of Lit to ardent non-readers. I'm thinking of a Lit Circle approach, but so much depends on their lotivation to READ THE NOVEL, and I'm worried about it. Oh, and the small fact that this would be my inaugural tryout of Lit Circles.

I'll take anything I can get, frankly. Are there drugs? Can I give a Ulovereadingectomy?

Current Mood: worried
Monday, August 21st, 2006
11:02 pm
Middle school teaching advice?
I did my student teaching and degree in high school math, but have just gotten a job teaching middle school math/science, starting in a week. Is there any advice people can offer about how middle school differs from high school, what works differently, what's worked for you, or just general stuff? The school is entirely aware that my background is different, so they'll be supportive, but any advice people have to offer will be great.
8:07 pm
First Day of School
Hey, all. I'm new here, but not new to many.

So, first day of school? Mine was today -- 1/2 day, thank dog. Nice segue into the school year. We lost our principal and our old VP is now interim Principal -- probably will be permanant. I like him a lot. Our new VP hasn't taught(!!!) She was an art therapist, so I'm curious to see how she will go. She seems a pleasant enough person, and I'm withholding judgement.

So what's everyone teaching? I teach high school English. I have two new-to-me classes: Senior English and Appreciation of Lit. I also teach Freshman English. I teach at a charter school, so I teach ALL the seniors, and ALL the freshmen.

Stuff I'm teaching:

Edith Hamilton's Mythology
Speak -- Laurie Halse Anderson
Romeo and Juliet
In the Time of the Butterflies -- Julia Alvarez
Always Running: Mi Vida Loca, Life in L.A, Gang -- Luis Rodriguez
The Odyssey - Homer
Candide -- Voltaire
Haunting of Hill House -- Shirley Jackson
Bastard Out of Carolina -- Dorothy Allison
The House of the Spirits -- Isabel Allende
The Great Gatsby -- F. Scott Fitzgerald
Frankenstein -- Mary Wollenstonecraft Shelley
Oedipus Rex -- Sophocles

Current Mood: pleased
Tuesday, August 15th, 2006
3:18 pm
Teaching supplies?
Where should I look online for teaching supplies? Not things like markers and chalk, of course, but things like frames for bulletin boards, big number lines to hang above chalkboards, pattern blocks, things like that? Anybody know a good online place?

I know I've seen catalogs, but I can't remember what they are.
Sunday, August 13th, 2006
11:17 am
I posted about the plight of teaching on my own livejournal, inspired by a friend of mine. Now that school is really about to start up, I expect that I'll start talking about teaching more - hope that other members of the community do so as well.

My LJ is friends only, so let me know if you don't have access and I'll add you.
Thursday, July 20th, 2006
1:28 pm
i just graduated from college and i start teaching 1st grade on the 7th of august and i am not sure what to do with them. any good ideas for first week activities for my new 1st graders. i have a whole bunch of ideas, but i don't think they are suitable for 1st graders. 2 of the ideas that i had in mind were the surveys and the trait scavenger hunt (several boxes of find someone that has done something or likes something. my main concern is if the students will be able to read and write well enough.
i mean i have worked with first graders at the end of the year and i have a good idea of their developmental level, but i am just not sure if their skills will be strong enough to do so.

Current Mood: curious
Wednesday, July 19th, 2006
11:35 pm
Lateral Entry?
Hi everyone!  Im new here and considering entering in to the teaching profession.  I have spent the last 2 years of my life working with adults with developmental disabilities as a job coach.  My husband and I recently relocated to my hometown and I am very jobless.  I attempted to give a thirty days notice at my previous place of employment, but they told me to go home that day. *grumble*

I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from Appalachian State University.  I find it funny that it is basically a TEACHING college and I never seriously considered teaching until AFTER I had graduated.  I remember some of the wonderful teachers that I had growing up and I would love to make the same difference in the lives of our youth.

I have many questions!!  Thank you to all who can help me out on this matter!

First of all, where do I begin? Who should I contact?

I am torn between teaching younger children (Im thinking 3rd-4th grade) or a specific area in a high school setting.  Im open to anything but math!  My husband in the math minded one in our marriage, being a physics major / math minor.  I however have trouble with numbers!  Do you fine folks have an opinion on your class levels?  Pros and Cons?

Ive heard mixed opinion on whether or not I would be required to take the Praxis.  Is it as bad as people keep telling me?

Am I hemmed into teaching Sociology due to my degree?

Im sure I will think of more in the light of day!  Thank you all for your assistance!
Hopefully I will be able to remain a member of this community as a fellow teacher!

Current Mood: curious
Monday, May 29th, 2006
2:39 pm
Gallup TeacherInsight
Have any of you taken this in your interviewing process? I get that it's helpful for the hiring body, but the idea of an interview to assess my underlying teaching philosophy and ideas in which I can't even see the interviewer's body language or use my own (I'm big on nonverbal emphasis for my speech) is sounding very intimidating. I just need to go ahead and take it, but I was curious about others' experiences.
Thursday, May 18th, 2006
4:46 pm
summer reading recommendations
(x-posted to badass_teacher)

Hey all!
I hope the end of the school year is treating you well.
We have 19 more days left, and things are sure moving fast!

I am trying to compile a list of required and recommended summer reading for 7th and 8th grade English classes for the next academic year.

As it stands, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne is required for 7th grade and Nothing But the Truth by Avi is required for 8th grade.

I would like to make other suggestions, but am having a hard time thinking of age-appropriate, challenging, yet interesting novels. I would like to recommend some classics, but am open to contemporary young adult literature as well. I am not very familiar with the latter of the two.

Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
Tuesday, May 16th, 2006
9:57 pm
TeachersAny 1st or 5th grade teachers in PA?
Any 1st or 5th grade teachers in PA?

I am wondering what you teach during 1st and 5th grades. I student teach in the fall and would like to have some idea on which lessons I may teach.

Saturday, May 6th, 2006
3:18 pm
so i'm an lto and my vp has evaluated and is still working on the evaluation
because i'm lacking many skills as a teacher. i feel that university didn't fully prepare me for it and now i'm working double time..
I did supply teaching but teachers never left detailed notes so i haven't got a clue about evaluation and assessment

basically, i'm team teaching and i don't know what i'm doing
i'm copying what my partner is doing, but she's told me that i don't have to mark everything.'
but now because of my crappy evaluation, i have to asses the kids on everything and i'm totally and completely lost.

i have to do evaluation and assessment for report cards but i don't know how to do it
I could use checklists, make rubrics, use anecdotal observation sheets, evalute group work
in peel they mark students on a combination of things that they "say write and do"
how do i find the time to mark down things during my teaching time????
i'm supposed to be circulating within the classroom. how can i take two minutes to write this stuff down? but i guess i have to..
and there's so much drama in my class..
this kids trying to get that kid in trouble and then they have to resolve their conflict. but i'm brought into it and i tell them to discuss their issues outside but then it ends up in screaming fights and people crying and my 7-8 year olds have very few social skills. they do not have conflict management skills. and how do i find the time to teach my kids these things when it's not in the curriculum??? their tiffs cut into my teaching time and are putting me behind.

these grade 2 kids totally lack iniative. if we're doing language and they've forgotten their book at home b/c they didn't complete their homework.. then they just sit there like lumps on a log.. untill eventually a light bulb shines in their head and they ask me what they're supposed to do in this situation...
are all grade 2 not self - sufficient and as inept as mine???
becuase i taught grade 2 last year in another city and they weren't as lacking skills as these ones.. is it just this region?

and another thing... why are primary classess so big??? i thought there was a 20 student cap... but classes are much larger here. what gives?
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