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Help! [28 Jan 2011|10:50am]


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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[30 Aug 2009|09:58am]

i just wanted to share this truly inspirational and uplifting Japanese documentary - Children Full of Life - with you guys.

synopsis from the YouTube uploader: "In the award-winning documentary Children Full of Life, a fourth-grade class in a primary school in Kanazawa, northwest of Tokyo, learn lessons about compassion from their homeroom teacher, Toshiro Kanamori. He instructs each to write their true inner feelings in a letter, and read it aloud in front of the class. By sharing their lives, the children begin to realize the importance of caring for their classmates."

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New Member Survey [19 Aug 2009|03:57pm]

1. Name: Allie
2. Age: 22
3. Certification Levels: Secondary 7-12 initial certification in New York City, Mathematics
4. Favorite Grade(s): kindergarten and 8th grade, yes!
5. When do you student teach?: I'll start in October (Fall 2009)
6. If you are soon (or already did), what grade?: grades 7-12, likely 9th grade
7. Name three ideal places you'd like to teach: I'll teach in NYC for four years after I finish school. After that: Hawaii, California, or British Columbia!
8. and finally, share a tip!: Math is Fun!
9. anything else?: finished my summer term at Columbia Teachers College. next May, I'll have the Master's Degree and a job, I hope!
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Success! [16 Aug 2009|10:10pm]

[ mood | excited ]

Just wanted to share the fact that I did get a job, and say that there is hope! (x Posted so forgive me if you read it multiple times)

I managed to land a job teaching at a Catholic school in Portland, OR. I am teaching Math & Science for 6, 7, 8.

I am really excited, and nervous. I haven't ever had any experience with having this many preps, or teaching math.

Because I'm sure some of you will be wondering, I got the job by a word of mouth recommendation from my dean and I did have a connection as the principal was a former professor of the school I graduated from. I would say keep trying, and work your connections, keep in contact with your previous supervisors and teachers etc to see if they hear of things that might not be posted. This job wasn't even on the diosece board I just emailed the principal directly.

Now I have questions for you lovely people :)

How do you juggle having 3-4+ preps (math 6th, 7th, 8th and science)???

Any tips for someone teaching math who hasn't had a lot of experience with it?

What type of notes system do your students use/have you found to be the most effective?

What do you use as a grading system?

Any bits of advice/wisdom for a new teacher? Especially for middle school

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need to vent [22 Jun 2009|01:21pm]

[ mood | frustrated ]

Sorry if this isn't 100% appropriate - it's not strictly about student teaching but I need to vent this somewhere and this community was very helpful a few months ago when I was having problems with my co-op.

I am getting extremely frustrated with the whole job search thing. I have sent out applications to every opening in my area, even for jobs that aren't ideal (notoriously bad districts, grade levels I don't want to teach, etc.). I've been on interviews at 3 schools and haven't heard back from any of them, with one exception. I went on a call-back interview a month ago, which seemed to go well - the principal even told me they'd be in touch in within a week. This was over a month ago and I haven't heard anything, despite leaving phone messages and sending letters. I've worked all the connections I can, and I'm still getting no where. I have excellent transcripts, extremely flattering letters of recommendation, and good sample lessons in my portfolio. I've even been told by a principal (who unfortunately did not have any openings for me) that my resume is extremely impressive. My frustration is compounded by the fact that A LOT of people I graduated with already have jobs for September - including some who raised a few eyebrows among the majority of the class. Worst of all, I would love to go back and visit my student teaching kids before the end of the school year, but I'm too embarrassed to tell my former co-op that I'm still unemployed.

I've been told my various teachers that the process can be slow and that I need to be patient. My friend who was just hired (and thus set me into this tizzy) told me that things were slow for him up until two weeks ago. But I just keep thinking that I'm doing something wrong - my cover letters are lacking, my resume is boring, etc. Am I right to be worried or am I just letting my jealously turn into self-consciousness?

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sorry to clug the community with this shit, but [08 Jun 2009|06:24am]

 it has become clear that I'm being forced out, for whatever reasons, out of a course - their excuse is that that "i'm not strong enough to complete the work, being pregnant"  Up till now, despite certain pressure, I have done all the practicum and course work on the level, and didn't ask for any special attention to my pregnancy, although letting my supervisors and teachers know, that it's a difficult pregnancy according to medics.

looks like somebody, namely several of people responsible for the course and the practicum, are just trying to cover their asses... and I'm not planning to leave without a good fight (good meaning nothing bad for me and the baby, and the ....)

what is the logical thing to do?  Who should be the person, logically, except Gd almighty, that I should be taking my ..... to?  Is there a special agency for this in the Ministry of Education?
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searching for advice on resolving conflict situations during student teaching [07 Jun 2009|10:43am]

 Hi all, what happened and why I need advice + thank gd I found this community :)
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awful co-op [28 Mar 2009|09:23pm]

[ mood | frustrated ]

Hi! I'm currently student teaching in 9th grade U.S. I classes. I've decided it would be useful to recount the depressing and demoralizing conversation I had with my co-op yesterday, if only because I might need to relay it to my seminar professor in a few days when it's not as fresh in my mind. It is long and angsty, hence the cut.

My horrible student teaching experience, let me tell you about it...Collapse )

On the bright side, I only have 30 more days! Oh, just kill me now...

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Need help with year 11 English! [25 Mar 2009|10:55am]

I am 21 years old and doing a Dip. Ed. in Australia. My very first student teaching round begins on Monday and I just found out I'm going to be teaching year 11 English! The first week will be mainly observation, but then I will be teaching all of their classes for the next 2 weeks. I am terrified! At uni we're only really been preparing for having younger classes. Does anyone have any advice? What kind of activities should I employ in my classes for 16-17 year olds? Perhaps those in Australia might be more familiar with the curriculum of year 11 English...

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What's your middle school schedule like? [12 Mar 2009|09:04pm]


My school (middle school 6th-8th grade) is starting to talk about changing the daily schedule of classes. I told my department head that I'd ask around to see how other schools do it differently.

So, if anyone would be willing to help, I would greatly appreciate it.

I'm wondering how does your weekly schedule of classes look. If you actually have a sheet of paper that gives you the entire schedule, I would love to get a copy of it!

Or if it's online somewhere, I would LOVE to see it.

My email is myconception @ gmail.com

I want to compile a bunch of them to look at and also see how you feel it works.
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Gifts? [10 Mar 2009|05:14pm]

Hey everyone,

I'm sure you are all gettng excited to wrap up your first placements.  Mine ends in a few days and I have been wracking my brain trying to decide what to get my cooperating teacher and my students.  i am thinking a gift card for my teacher, but that feels so impersonal.  I don't want to get something that is just going to collect dust though. 

My students are first graders and I bought a couple little things to make up goody bags, but wondered if you had any other creative ideas.  For Valentines Day I already gave them a couple little things, so I feel like this is just a repeat.  There are 16 children, if that is important.

I would appreciate any suggestions.  Thank you! 
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Sorting [08 Mar 2009|02:59pm]

I just started post grad teaching. In my Mathematics/Science class, I need to create a lesson involving sorting, for any year/grade from 3-7. And I'm stuck. All my ideas seem way too young. (Sorting into colours, number of holes, old/new, etc)
I have a 'button collection' that I intended to use- buttons of different shapes, sizes, materials, hole sizes and types.
Does anyone have any ideas? We don't have to come up with it off the top of our head, we are allowed to ask. I was trying to come up with some sort of sorting race game, but then I thought even that was too simple, unless it was for year 3s.
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New Teacher Discussion Community [01 Mar 2009|02:11am]

Teacher's Nook: http://www.teachersnook.net

Come and help us make the community grow. It's also a way to get additional support and feedback from your colleagues. (You can NEVER have enough of that! Can you?)

***There's even a posting section for TEP (Teacher Education Program) students and student teachers!!!
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[22 Feb 2009|01:14pm]
[ mood | curious ]

Name: Kim
Age: 22
Certification Levels: Secondary (8-12) Math in May
Favorite Grade(s): Hmm...  freshmen/sophomores as of right now
When do you student teach?: I started mid-January
If you are soon (or already did), what grade?: 9-11, Geometry/Alg II/Precalc
Name three ideal places you'd like to teach: anywhere
and finally, share a tip!: I'm a newbie so I got nothing, lol

Anything else?:
This may be a stupid question, but I'll ask anyway.  Over the vacation we just had I graded my sophomores' tests they took right before the break.  The class average was 83%, which I'm okay with.  My teacher told me that the kids love stickers on their tests.  Question:  Does everyone get a sticker or just like the kids with A's?  B and above?  Keep in mind the class has only 12 students.  I feel weird giving everyone a sticker but like 2 people.  I don't want to make them feel bad, you know?  At the same time, I feel like it's a reward for doing well...  Thanks for any input!

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Student Teaching Disaster, X-post: [18 Feb 2009|11:09pm]
Everyone seems to admit that my student teaching assignment has been a disaster, but nobody blames me! The master teacher has not even read the guidelines for introducing me into the class, and now at week 6 (of 12), the first important 20 page assessment is due and simply put we have not done the work required, despite my attempts to schedule it. I've gone completely bonkers as a result. As I look through the handbook, we have not met nearly 90% of the required standards provided by the state. I am still not teaching reading or math. Furthermore, the work I have done was not required to do.

Has anyone else had this experience? I have a 3.95 gpa, am considered a good student, and my supervisors have been advising me to not withdraw. Mostly they seem to feel that it would be unfair to me. They feel they can 'push me through'. If I do not complete it now, I will have to wait until the cycle of classes will be offered again, which basically means that I will be in training next fall and winter... I will finish more than a year from now!

Also: What should I do with myself from now until June? I have side-work, so I will (I guess!) tutor and sub-teach for experience, but I am considering using next quarter to take night classes that might offer me an additional credential... Special Ed? Single Subject? I am in elementary, btw.

Tomorrow morning I will send my letter of withdrawal, but I just curious about people's thoughts.
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[18 Feb 2009|09:00pm]

Job postings are starting up!!!

Hudson, NH (USA) listings (SOUTHERN NH)

Jobs Jobs Jobs!
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intro and advice [25 Jan 2009|04:33pm]

[ mood | hopeful ]

Long time lurker, first time poster!

Name: Katie
Age: 24
Certification Levels: Will be certified in secondary (7-12) social studies in May in the U.S.
Favorite Grade(s): Not sure, but I'm really enjoying the freshman I'm teaching now.
When do you student teach?: I observed last semester and start full time Feb. 10
If you are soon (or already did), what grade?: 9th grade U.S. History I
Name three ideal places you'd like to teach: Right now, any place that will pay me.
and finally, share a tip!: Don't know if I'm qualified to give advice yet!

Anything else?:
OK, this is where I need some help. I'm taking a required course - kind of student teaching prep - that ties in with the final seminar that will meet throughout the semester. The professor had already explained to us that the seminar is going to focus on the getting-a-job nitty gritty stuff while this three week part (everyday for three hours, btw) is more project-focused. Anyway, she had a HR guy from a local school district come in to talk to us on Friday - he basically told us that we should have resumes, portfolios, etc. ready to go ASAP because positions are going to open up very soon. As someone who is going to be applying for social studies positions, I'm a little freaked - he told us he received 700 social studies applications for one job last year.

So since my professor is apparently not going to get to resume/portfolio/cover letter stuff until nearly three weeks after jobs start getting posted, I was hoping some of you might be able to give me some advice (or point me to some good resources!) I've been told that the Career Center at my school is a waste of time, so I'm running out of options! Thanks in advance!

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I need advice! [22 Jan 2009|05:35pm]

Name: Kate
Age: 21
Certification Levels: At the end of this year I will be qualified to teach English and Media Studies at secondary school level in Australia.
Favorite Grade(s): Too early to say yet!
When do you student teach?: My student teaching will begin in 6 weeks time and I'll be doing it all throughout the year!
If you are soon (or already did), what grade?: Not sure yet!
Name three ideal places you'd like to teach: I'd love to teach overseas, and hopefully will be this year if my application goes through.
and finally, share a tip!: No tips yet as I haven't started :P
anything else?:
Okay this is where I need advice! This year is the year that my student teaching begins and I am so frightened. I have never taught a class before, or planned a class, or had to face 25-odd teenagers all on my own! I have 4 weeks of learning and preparing at university before my student teaching begins, but I'm still terrified! Does anyone have any advice or tips? How does it work, and how much of the class content are you expected to generate yourself? Do they give you topics to plan your classes around? I'm told I'm expected to teach at least 2 classes a day (supervised) and observe at least 2 classes a day. I know I have to start somewhere but I'm just terrified about my first student teaching experience! Argh!
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Saying goodbye. [05 Dec 2008|01:26pm]

I'm getting ready to finish up my pre-internship student teaching.  I was wondering if any of you had suggestions for saying goodbye--to the kids and cooperating teacher and the cooperating school.  This is a seventh grade class. 
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[07 Nov 2008|06:39pm]

1. Name: Rachel
2. Age: 21 (22 next Wednesday :D)
3. Certification Levels: elementary K-6, early pre-k-k
4. Favorite Grade(s): Not quite sure yet. My first placement was preschool and now I'm in 6th... neither is my total favorite.
5. When do you student teach?: Currently. I'm in my second placement.
6. If you are soon (or already did), what grade?: I did preschool for the first half of the semester and now I am in 6th grade
7. Name three ideal places you'd like to teach: Not WV! That's all I really know. I don't have any idea places
8. and finally, share a tip!: Staying on top of lesson planning is always good...get behind and you never feel caught up!
9. anything else?: 6th graders are some of the most interesting students, but have also shown themselves to try to be as lazy as they can get away with!
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