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50 Nifty United States Jan. 9th, 2008 @ 07:16 pm
All righty, I'm headed into a tremendous states unit which will ultimately culminate in major projects for my students.  I'm looking for any and all information that I could include in a brief intro lesson - states crossword puzzles, riddles, etc. 

I also can't seem to find an mp3 of 50 Nifty United States. . .anyone? 
Current Mood: geeky

Lesson Plans for Lesson Plans Dec. 12th, 2007 @ 09:09 am
This is the kind of meta-cognitive stuff that occasionally makes my brain hurt - all of the circular thinking. . .

But, actually, this is not so abstract:  I want to have my kids create their own lesson plans as their homework over the holiday break.  My thought is to have them each prepare 10-minute lessons on the topic of their choice.  The assessment would be based on both the written plan and their implementation.

Any advice on how to write out the assignment so that they have concrete instructions?  Easy lesson plan format to follow?  These are 5th graders so I don't want to get too bogged down with aim vs. objective vs. goals vocabulary debates or worries over meeting standards - basically I want them to share a topic that they are interested in in a constructive way. 


X-posted. . .
Current Mood: creative

Looking for strategies... Jan. 30th, 2007 @ 06:19 am

Hello all!  I'm looking for strategies for reading test questions.  In this world of standardized testing, I'm interested in looking at standardized test questions as a new genre and teaching it as such.  Has anyone experimented with this?  Any pointers?  Thanks!

parent contact Sep. 26th, 2006 @ 11:17 pm
HI everyone, I'm hoping someone out there can help me.

In my high school, I have about 182 kids. There are only three phones in the building that are available to teachers, and they're in inconvenient places--teacher workrooms with loud copiers and the soda machine, or the teachers' lunch area where everyone is busy talking when I've a free moment to use the phone.

My administrator insists that we call EVERY parent at some point, but as a second year teacher, all of my time is already taken up by creating lessons and trying to grade all the work for my 182 kids (and I'm an English teacher...it's a LOT of essays). The principal told me to take lists of phone numbers home with me and call parents at night and on the weekends...I live with my parents, and told him I didn't want kids to have my home number out of respect for my folks. He told me that HE has never had a problem with that, but he is not a reasonably hot 25 year old woman as I am. (I figure it just wouldn't be good for those kids to have my number...even though they're rather respectful this year--a vast improvement over my first year!) The principal told me to just hit *67 before calling everyone, but I don't want to sacrifice all of my weekends and nights and my LIFE to keep in touch with these parents...I vowed that this year I would try not to work so much, except for when I was on the clock, because I was MISERABLE last year.

I live in a very rural district where most parents do not have computers, much less email access, so that also rules out Teacherease.

How can I possibly keep in touch with this many parents? Do you guys have any tips, tricks, secrets--ANYTHING that would facilitate parent contact, yet not make too much extra work for me? I'm not sure about sending notes home with students, because I know they would read them (of course) and those notes would probably never find their way to the parents. I'm thinking of mailing form letters to parents, though postage will get expensive...does anyone have any good form letters for "Your kid is failing for the following reasons"? Or do you think that is too impersonal? I tried calling a few parents, but we were on the phone for 20 minutes at a time, and I simply don't have time for that.

Please help! I'm x-posting this in desperation!
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful

Jan. 15th, 2006 @ 03:24 pm
calendars - the girl next door 2006

my friend has made some really awesome calendars with women friends of his
they're suggestive yet classy and contain a variety of women..
great pictures for a man who loves a variety of women
there are pictures of a goth, a geisha girl, blondes, brunettes and redheads
each month has a different theme

They'd make a wonderful valentine's day present

All of the proceeds are going towards charity - for breast cancer research
anyone interested in buying one?

we've gone to the fox and fiddle to sell them there, but that's it
we're trying to sell 500 calendars for 2006
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3/4 split
any ideas or answers would be great.

i am applying for a position for a split class that consists of grade 3 and grade 4..

what are the advantages to teaching a split grade?

what are the disadvantages?

any tips for teaching a split grade?

does the teacher teach the core subjects and hand off other subjects to other teachers for prep time?

more specifically, how does one teach two classes/grades at once?
» A question about questions!

I am preparing a conference presentation on using questions to guide learning.  Does anyone have any strategies that they use in class that I can look at?  Any good professional readings?  For example, I use socratic seminars to guide reading discussions and question conferences to guide writing revisions.  Any help would be greatly appreciated!



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so i just had about 2 1/2 days of occasional teaching and i've already been evaluated.

it's been suggested that i focus on three things
1) classroom management / behaviour management for large classes and rambuncious children.. who test each and every ot..like grade 3-6?
2) follow the plan
3) come prepared..with extra work?
4) incorporate phonics and language instruction into the lessons with the kindergarten children

any suggestions for the classroom management tips?

» (No Subject)
new community.. for teachers.. started in the summer
it's called ontario_teacher
just thought i'd re-post this for some of you.
» Teacher Discounts

It occurred to me that many of the discounts that I have found recently were, for some reason, secrets.  As a new teacher, I can use all of the help I can get, so I'm going to post the list that I know of here and hope that it helps other financially drained educators.  If you know of any that I have missed, please share!

  1. Adopt a Classroom - You can register your class for adoption at www.adoptaclassroom.com.  If adopted, your class gets $500 to spend on school supplies at the teacher's discretion.
  2. Donor's Choice - At donorschoose.org, you can submit informal grants proposals that are then posted for donors to look over.  If you're lucky, you can get your project funded.
  3. Teacher Cards - I ALWAYS ask if the store that I am shopping in gives an educator's discount.  I have gotten money off at apple.com, Barnes and Noble, Staples, Office Depot, Office Maxx, and Jo-Ann's so far.
  4. Tax Exempt - I don't know about elsewhere, but in NY, if you know the phone number of your school and you ask, many stores can look up your tax exempt id nimber.  At a lot of places this is in addition to your teacher's discount.
  5. AFT, UFT, NYC DOE, and NYSUT - check your professional organization websites every so often, they have loads of great discounts!
  6. You can register at crayola.com and be sent freebies and coupons in the mail.



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