A rolling thread where we are teachers

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Hello! There are lots of us!

What do you teach? Who do you teach it to?

Gravel Puzzleworth, Tuesday, 15 June 2010 23:41 (eleven years ago) link

english, to students who almost made it to university

an indie-rock microgenre (dyao), Wednesday, 16 June 2010 00:28 (eleven years ago) link

Neurology, to residents and medical students

Previously:
MCAT Physics, verbal reasoning and "essay" writing to pre-med students for Princeton Review
English, in Japanese high schools (on the JET program) and to private students in tutorial and conversation classes
Piano and rudimentary music theory, to semi-interested 6-16 year olds taking private lessons at Yamaha

I have no formal teacher training.

The Amy Misto Family Knife (Plasmon), Wednesday, 16 June 2010 07:34 (eleven years ago) link

I'd like some stories on this thread, if thats viable (privacy notwithstanding) for any of you! I admire the fuck out of anyone who teaches.

property-disrespecting Moroccan handjob (Trayce), Wednesday, 16 June 2010 09:26 (eleven years ago) link

English to foreign types. Favourite quote: "If I have the million pounds, I will buy big house in the cunt."

rhythm fixated member (chap), Wednesday, 16 June 2010 09:34 (eleven years ago) link

Other known teachers? Vahid/Baja?

(Me: Maths to 10-12 y/olds)

Gravel Puzzleworth, Wednesday, 16 June 2010 17:00 (eleven years ago) link

knowledge, to fools

I am an old guy, and I prefer the late 90s. (Matt P), Wednesday, 16 June 2010 17:06 (eleven years ago) link

with any luck, HS math next year (just got back from a massive job fair, have two little screening interviews this afternoon)

this is fresh air, i'm very gross (m bison), Wednesday, 16 June 2010 17:07 (eleven years ago) link

with substantial luck, HS English in the 2011-12 school year.

good luck, m bison!

horseshoe, Wednesday, 16 June 2010 18:04 (eleven years ago) link

pimpin got a campus interview tomorrow afternoon now

this is fresh air, i'm very gross (m bison), Wednesday, 16 June 2010 20:00 (eleven years ago) link

lol i got a job offer from another district

champs like us, baby we were born to stunt (m bison), Thursday, 17 June 2010 03:25 (eleven years ago) link

video production, to teenage Latinas

admrl, Thursday, 17 June 2010 03:28 (eleven years ago) link

I teach proper deportment on a school bus.

Aimless, Thursday, 17 June 2010 03:40 (eleven years ago) link

Oh hi. I just got a teaching job that I accepted. I don't start till August but -- uh -- will be posting here!

Mordy, Thursday, 17 June 2010 03:40 (eleven years ago) link

hi 5, we are teaching bros now

when u deliver a tight lesson u should be like, son, r u scared, it looks like u just got MORDYFIED

champs like us, baby we were born to stunt (m bison), Thursday, 17 June 2010 03:48 (eleven years ago) link

you got Mr. Sh1n31fied more like it (no, probably kids will call me by my first name)

Mordy, Thursday, 17 June 2010 03:58 (eleven years ago) link

ESL, developmental english, and occasionally speech to adults (occasionally teenage highschool dropouts) in a small private college that is rather unique in its mission but i don't want to identify on a public message board

one of my favorite student sentences: "Workers get lezzy when the boss is away."

an outlet to express the dark invocations of (La Lechera), Thursday, 17 June 2010 04:03 (eleven years ago) link

was waiting for you to show up LL!!

dyao, Thursday, 17 June 2010 04:04 (eleven years ago) link

<3 !

an outlet to express the dark invocations of (La Lechera), Thursday, 17 June 2010 04:07 (eleven years ago) link

my summer project is to read the grammar book from cover to cover :)

dyao, Thursday, 17 June 2010 04:09 (eleven years ago) link

my summer project is to continue to develop my reading curriculum. i have not yet started working on this project, though. we're also trying to hire a new ft person, which is a little hairy.

an outlet to express the dark invocations of (La Lechera), Thursday, 17 June 2010 04:13 (eleven years ago) link

ft --> full time fac

an outlet to express the dark invocations of (La Lechera), Thursday, 17 June 2010 04:13 (eleven years ago) link

I've gotta find out exactly which classes I'm teaching next semester so I can prepare stuff. I've never actually done this before (did tutoring and writing center work before, but never taught a class). It's exciting!

Mordy, Thursday, 17 June 2010 04:16 (eleven years ago) link

I am a peer educator for an intro college biology class (geared toward biology majors). I have all of the fun of teaching but the prof I work for fields all the troublesome stuff, and they also come up with the lesson plans. It's the five-week summer class right now and it's so fast-paced!

breaking that little dog's heart chakra (Abbott), Thursday, 17 June 2010 06:27 (eleven years ago) link

with substantial luck, HS English in the 2011-12 school year.

good luck, m bison!

― horseshoe, Wednesday, June 16, 2010 2:04 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

let me just say--u will be an awesome, awesome teach

max, Thursday, 17 June 2010 06:30 (eleven years ago) link

i mean im sure the rest of you guys are good too

max, Thursday, 17 June 2010 06:31 (eleven years ago) link

congrats m bison! congrats mordy!

Gravel Puzzleworth, Thursday, 17 June 2010 06:36 (eleven years ago) link

i just realized my post made it sound like we were hiring a little hairy person. this may be true, but mainly we're looking for someone competent, stable, and not likely to drive us nuts. this person could wind up being little and hairy...or not.

an outlet to express the dark invocations of (La Lechera), Thursday, 17 June 2010 17:53 (eleven years ago) link

hi max. i might be a little tired and overwrought lately, but at any rate that made me tear up a little bit. thank you!

Amanda, you strike me as one of the hardest-working and most committed teachers I've known. god knows it's an easy job to burn out at. your students are lucky to have you!

horseshoe, Thursday, 17 June 2010 18:34 (eleven years ago) link

integrated math & chemistry for 10th graders

moonship journey to baja, Thursday, 17 June 2010 19:11 (eleven years ago) link

thanks h! i do my best. mine is not an easy job, but it's one i enjoy and am happy to do. i'm glad someone notices.

it is a little known fact that horseshoe and i worked together (sort of) for a while :)

an outlet to express the dark invocations of (La Lechera), Thursday, 17 June 2010 20:16 (eleven years ago) link

Have any of you read http://www.amazon.com/Global-Achievement-Gap-Survival-Need/dp/0465002293 ?

I've been enjoying it, and this particular paragraph jumped out at me. It's apart of a narrative being told by Helen Mountjoy, who tried to establish less test-oriented curriculum's in Kentucky:

"We were totally unprepared for the kind of response we got from our right-wing brethren... For example, it was said that these open-response tests would measure students' values, and that students would be kept in school until they could answer 'the right way.' 'Critical thinking skills' means teaching your children to be critical of you and your church.

Religious fanatics. This is why we can't have nice things.

Mordy, Friday, 18 June 2010 17:57 (eleven years ago) link

(Curricula?)

Mordy, Friday, 18 June 2010 17:58 (eleven years ago) link

yes

champs like us, baby we were born to stunt (m bison), Friday, 18 June 2010 18:03 (eleven years ago) link

I'm a music teacher in Scotland, 5 days from finishing my probationary year and looking at unemployment after the summer if more jobs don't appear soon!

argosgold (AndyTheScot), Friday, 18 June 2010 18:04 (eleven years ago) link

What ages do you teach, andy?

Music teacher is a brutal job most places imo - respect!

Gravel Puzzleworth, Friday, 18 June 2010 18:08 (eleven years ago) link

"We were totally unprepared for the kind of response we got from our right-wing brethren... For example, it was said that these open-response tests would measure students' values, and that students would be kept in school until they could answer 'the right way.' 'Critical thinking skills' means teaching your children to be critical of you and your church.

i dunno the context here but it seems like kind of a weak argument to blame the parents. if parents don't understand what "critical thinking" means in the context of standards and testing then the state board / school districts / school administrations / classroom teachers aren't doing a good job of explaining themselves to the stakeholders. we explicitly teach both values and critical thinking at our school but we're also quite explicit with parents and students about what critical thinking skills and values we're teaching and what they represent.

moonship journey to baja, Friday, 18 June 2010 21:04 (eleven years ago) link

hi guys, i am a teacher. elementary. actually, i'm back in school this next year getting my m.ed. books i am reading lately for it:

peter maclaren: life in schools
deborah meier: playing for keeps
diane ravich's new book

ampersand (remy bean), Friday, 18 June 2010 21:10 (eleven years ago) link

remy would you recommend any of those books?

have you read 'why children fail'?

Gravel Puzzleworth, Friday, 18 June 2010 21:14 (eleven years ago) link

I love the first two. Maclaren comes from the Marxist/Paolo Freire camp, and he's got a good (appropriately incensed) energy that he brings to the idea of education reform. The book is dated in places, but not ineffective from a philosophy standpoint. Pretty provocative, actually. Deborah Meier is an inspiring teacher and talented author, and the schools she works in sound... pretty amazing.

No, I haven't read 'why children fail' but I've heard good things. Worth picking up?

ampersand (remy bean), Friday, 18 June 2010 21:21 (eleven years ago) link

i'll try to read those two then!

'why children fail' is good, yeah - it's very easy and pleasant to read and it's interesting - I read the later version, where he's annotating his own book, and it seemed like that'd be better. it's a bit dated fwiw but not totally so. i found it really spoke to me as the kind of teacher I am at this stage (4 yrs experience): he's very convincing about saying that imbuing a good learning strategy is the most important thing, and very honest about not really knowing how to do it (I'd love to read books that offered more on the latter, if you had any recommendations) but the stuff that really struck with me is the stuff that goes: sometimes you should asking the kid to work out the phoneme with a neutral expression and not-giving-away-the-answer and etc, and just read to the damn kid.

Gravel Puzzleworth, Friday, 18 June 2010 21:42 (eleven years ago) link

the meier/ravitch columns in ed week are a traet

ico-friendly plaxic bottle (m bison), Friday, 18 June 2010 21:44 (eleven years ago) link

they are, huh?

ampersand (remy bean), Friday, 18 June 2010 21:51 (eleven years ago) link

(that was meant sincerely, not sarcastically)

ampersand (remy bean), Friday, 18 June 2010 21:58 (eleven years ago) link

I really want to read the Ravitch book - it's next on my list. Have you guys seen the interview she did recently in Slate?

Mordy, Friday, 18 June 2010 23:56 (eleven years ago) link

Here's the Ravitch interview: http://www.slate.com/blogs/blogs/thewrongstuff/archive/2010/05/17/diane-ravitch-on-being-wrong.aspx

What teaching related journals/magazines do you guys read regularly?

Mordy, Sunday, 20 June 2010 00:01 (eleven years ago) link

Also! Can any of you recommend a good history of pedagogy text?

Mordy, Sunday, 20 June 2010 01:54 (eleven years ago) link

a history of pedagogy? why would you want to read that?

i imagine it might be more reasonable and useful to narrow it down by audience, context and content.

moonship journey to baja, Sunday, 20 June 2010 03:03 (eleven years ago) link

Sorry about the spammy links. Next time I'll just tinyurl it.

Mordy, Sunday, 20 June 2010 03:38 (eleven years ago) link

Schools were closed here through January, so I had my first supply job since before Christmas today. I retired as soon as I could because I'd hit the wall with reports, interviews, meetings, and the rest, but I do miss being in the classroom (which is that much more fun when you don't have to worry about that stuff). I found out today from one of my grade 3 guys about a YouTuber with 39 million views who says that 80% of your weight is supported by your two big toes, and also that zombies are real. The first actually seems to be in the neighborhood (it's a bone below the big toe, and 50%). I'm just glad for the warning with the second.

clemenza, Friday, 26 February 2021 00:42 (three months ago) link

Something else I miss: I didn't even know what a YouTuber was till six or seven years ago. I used to do an art lesson where they'd sketch a famous face; I had a slide show and printouts with about 40 people I really liked--Janis Joplin, Jackie Robinson, Warhol, etc.--and they'd do one of mine, and then one of their own choosing that I'd print out for them.

"Can I do Petey Pie?"
"Who's Petey Pie?"
"A YouTuber."

"Can I do Tree Stump?"
"Who's Tree Stump?"
"A YouTuber."

A lot of recent talk here an elsewhere about in-class learning. I didn't really feel any more vulnerable today than before Christmas: the classes are even smaller now, from 10-15. But the big thing is the variants. On the way in, the radio said there were eight new variant cases in Toronto (I was next door, in Brampton). Also, I was in for coverage, so I saw six different classes--obviously, the complete opposite of bubbling or cocooning or whatever.

clemenza, Friday, 26 February 2021 02:35 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Just had an observation that didn't go great, and now I have to wait until Monday for my post-observation meeting. Ugh.

Lily Dale, Friday, 12 March 2021 22:16 (three months ago) link

I hate being observed, it makes me nervous and I overthink both my planning and my teaching.

Lily Dale, Friday, 12 March 2021 22:16 (three months ago) link

observations are, in fact, Bad

class project pat (m bison), Friday, 12 March 2021 22:40 (three months ago) link

I've got my first interview in 23 years this week to get on the supply list where I live (rather than driving crazy distances to the school I retired from). One of the main reasons I stayed there forever is I hate interviews, and they hate me. It'll be done online. I'm assuming I'm not expected to wear a jacket...I will change out my pajamas.

clemenza, Friday, 12 March 2021 23:22 (three months ago) link

Observation is such a bullshit concept. We've moved to a coaching model, mercifully; we pair up, pick something you want help with, then get some useful feedback on what you might do differently. There is no grading and it's basically half hour per term.

I had my first week back this week. It was, to be frank, fucking mental. After three months of a (relative) quiet life, I couldn't cope with the sheer amount of input and questions, particularly from adults. The testing has been managed really well, but it does mean huge disruption to staffing, as it's manned by LSAs and PE teachers. We had a positive case late on Friday and we're a teacher down in the English department.

The main issue is around Y11 (15/16 yr olds) who should be doing their GCSEs this year. It's all teacher-assessed, which is fine, but there's an 'appeals process' in place, which has already been advertised. It means we're going to need as much evidence as we can, to beat off angry parents and Ofqual, so we're basically putting them through a whole round of assessments. These are 'optional' apparently and won't actually be sent out to schools until the end of March so we have no idea what we're actually preparing them for. It's so stressful - for us and the kids. Bollocks to all of it.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Saturday, 13 March 2021 14:06 (three months ago) link

Good luck with your interview clemenza. I'd go into like Red at the end of Shawshank Redemption.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Saturday, 13 March 2021 14:07 (three months ago) link

Appreciate that. I've decided my "strategy" will be to emphasize what mattered to me re supply/substitute teachers when I had my own class--I won't even try to fake my way through jargon.

By "observation," I take it you mean what would be called performance appraisal in Ontario, which happens every five years. Is this your first? The deeper you get into your career, the easier principals are about that. When you get to the last couple, I figured they don't have much choice at that point but to let you skate by. The alternative--"After letting this person teach for 15 years, we've finally decided he/she isn't very effective"--don't look good.

Man, I wish this were the case where I am:

As of Monday, teachers and educators in all 50 states will be eligible to receive Covid-19 vaccinations. The eligibility comes as the US ramps up vaccination efforts in hopes of curbing the spread of coronavirus variants and setting a course toward some sense of normalcy again.

https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/13/health/us-coronavirus-saturday/index.html

clemenza, Saturday, 13 March 2021 14:42 (three months ago) link

idk what the administrations are like in Canada (you're in Canada right?) but when there is a new administration, you do indeed need to watch out for being told you aren't good enough and being sent on your way IN SPITE OF your commitment and experience.
just sayin -- time will not protect you, at least not in the USA

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Saturday, 13 March 2021 19:11 (three months ago) link

Canada, yeah. I'm just guessing and inferring there from my own situation--maybe I just got lucky with my principals. The last one especially--I was inside five years from my retirement date--I didn't think my appraisal lesson went particularly well (geometry, I remember, comparing/contrasting shapes), and there was a glaring problem with how I conceived the comparisons, but it didn't matter at all in the end.

clemenza, Saturday, 13 March 2021 20:14 (three months ago) link

Just found out I have to wear a face shield tomorrow, even though I wear glasses--my board made new rules as of Friday. A year into this, this seems like a strange thing to do.

clemenza, Monday, 15 March 2021 22:17 (three months ago) link

The face shield is not a big deal at all. Very lightweight--don't even know it's there.

clemenza, Tuesday, 16 March 2021 16:07 (three months ago) link

xp I'm in my second year of teaching, so I have to be observed and evaluated on the official Danielson framework three times this year. It's actually much more chill than it was at my last job. There, they didn't tell you in advance when you were going to be observed, it could happen any time, and your job really depended on it because the contract was year-to-year and they wouldn't renew it unless you did really well. Here you get advance warning and you're in the hiring pool for the district no matter what, so you'd have to do pretty badly for it to actually affect your job. I just have a lot of anxiety about it left over from two years ago, when I really did bomb an observation and miss my window to get rehired by my school as a result. (I eventually had a good observation and made it into the district hiring pool, but by then most of the jobs were gone.)

The post-observation debrief actually went fine in the end; I think a lot of the problems with my lesson were things that were much more obvious to me than to an observer. Like, they were definitely there, and a language teacher would have noticed and dinged me for them, but my evaluator mostly missed them, so it worked out okay.

Have you had your interview yet?

Lily Dale, Tuesday, 16 March 2021 21:45 (three months ago) link

Friday morning. I grabbed the first spot, as it were--not sure if that's good or not. Someone who's been doing this since 1991 shouldn't be this nervous.

Glad your debrief went well. I think you're right about evaluators zoning out a bit--which is strange, because whenever I had a student teacher, I was amazed at how observant I was, how I'd notice almost everything (including stuff I did all the time, too). I was always very critical of myself as a teacher, but I actually think I was a good associate.

clemenza, Tuesday, 16 March 2021 23:44 (three months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Always good to stop on the middle Saturday of the two week Easter break, when school is distant enough to take on a rosy glow, and remember, ah yes, this is another reason why being a teacher is great.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Saturday, 10 April 2021 09:35 (two months ago) link

They should have take two weeks here, too--for reasons that mystify me, they decided to go online for four days between Easter Monday and delayed spring break.

clemenza, Saturday, 10 April 2021 13:04 (two months ago) link

We only get one week, because we also have a midwinter break in February. Break just started today, and I'm looking forward to it, but at the end of break we go back to in-person teaching and the schedule we've been given makes no sense and is entirely unworkable. The principal literally told us, "We expect you to do the impossible." So I should probably set aside some of my break for figuring out how to do the impossible.

Lily Dale, Saturday, 10 April 2021 14:22 (two months ago) link

Fuck that. Don’t do any work over your break! We all just need to make it through the year.

horseshoe, Saturday, 10 April 2021 15:11 (two months ago) link

I felt bad for enjoying my two weeks, then remembered y'all get three months off in the summer!

And totally don't do any work over the break. Last term, despite only being 3 1/2 weeks was utterly insane. It's legitimately taken me 10 days to recover and feel vaguely human again.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Saturday, 10 April 2021 15:21 (two months ago) link

I have to, though! We've been fully remote all year, and in nine days we go to a schedule where we have remote classes for all the students, plus 70 minutes of in-person "asynchronous time" per class where we have a group of students in the classroom but we're not allowed to teach them anything because that wouldn't be equitable for the students at home. Nine days isn't enough to figure out how to handle that; I'm not sure nine years would be enough.

Lily Dale, Saturday, 10 April 2021 15:30 (two months ago) link

They are asking you to do an impossible thing; it can’t be done! They’ll just have to deal with you figuring it out on the fly.

The way school districts are doing teachers right now makes me deranged-level angry.

horseshoe, Saturday, 10 April 2021 16:16 (two months ago) link

"They are asking you to do an impossible thing" --

This thread should be retitled: They Are Asking You to Do an Impossible Thing (A Rolling Thread Where We Are Teachers).

clemenza, Saturday, 10 April 2021 16:25 (two months ago) link

Freud called it the 'impossible profession' (along with healing and governing).

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Saturday, 10 April 2021 17:23 (two months ago) link

Fuck that. Don’t do any work over your break! We all just need to make it through the year.

― horseshoe, Saturday, April 10, 2021 10:11 AM (three hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

this is my m.o. this year

class project pat (m bison), Saturday, 10 April 2021 19:04 (two months ago) link

I've done my first three days of remote supplying. My internet went down for a half-hour the second day. Happily, it was towards the end of the day--they were working on some art, followed by a catch-up period. That it'll happen again is in the back of my mind now.

clemenza, Friday, 23 April 2021 04:53 (two months ago) link

Starting to stress out about the danger to my students from being back in school in-person. My classroom door opens to the outside of the building, but we are supposed to close and lock our doors because we have a student who likes to escape from his classes and hide in random classrooms. Our in-person sessions are 70 minutes long, and I think most teachers just have their kids on the computer, working silently, during that time. But I've been having them talk to each other at a distance of six feet, since it's a language class and what we've been missing all year is the chance to talk in the target language. I'm starting to worry that I'm putting them at risk by having them talk, when that generates more particles and presumably more risk of infection. But I would feel awful if they came in just to sit at their computers - they wouldn't be getting any learning in exchange for the risk they're taking. Either way I feel like I'm doing harm.

We just finished our first week of classes, and one student who was in my Tuesday class mentioned yesterday (during remote class) that she now has a sore throat. It's hard not to feel a sense of dread and guilt: what if she got someone else sick while I was letting my students face toward each other and talk? I hate having so much potential weight on my tiny teaching decisions.

Lily Dale, Saturday, 24 April 2021 18:53 (one month ago) link

To state the obvious: it wasn't your decision to reopen. And even with the variants, I'm pretty sure serious illness in young people (I forget--I think you teach high school?) is still rare. They put you at risk.

clemenza, Saturday, 24 April 2021 20:37 (one month ago) link

I teach middle school. I worry more about their families, since Seattle only just opened up vaccine eligibility to everyone. I know it sounds like I'm finding reasons to stress out, but what worries me is knowing that I'm stretching the rules just by letting students turn toward each other to talk. It doesn't seem like it should make much difference, but I just hope I'm right about that, since it's a call I'm making as the teacher.

Lily Dale, Saturday, 24 April 2021 20:52 (one month ago) link

my school just started forcing kids back en masse two weeks ago and a kid i was working with 1 on 1 for 15 minutes literally tested COVID+ last that day. thankful we were masked and i was also vaxxed bc i remained negative, but there is this ambient dread looming over everything right now.

class project pat (m bison), Saturday, 24 April 2021 22:44 (one month ago) link

iow lily dale otm

class project pat (m bison), Saturday, 24 April 2021 22:44 (one month ago) link

Yeah but man alive’s kids can get out of his hair now so it’s fine right

Canon in Deez (silby), Saturday, 24 April 2021 23:49 (one month ago) link

lol shhhh you'll wake him

class project pat (m bison), Sunday, 25 April 2021 00:50 (one month ago) link

ugh i'm sorry, Lily and m bise. my school is private and has more money to deal with safety concerns than public schools, but i do identify with feeling like i'm in over my head in terms of making minute-by-minute decisions in the classroom to keep my students safe. also everything about social distancing is antithetical to effective teaching--i really struggle to stay in my seat (behind my nonsensical plexiglass).

horseshoe, Sunday, 25 April 2021 16:36 (one month ago) link

i think at my school returning to in person has been good for the kids socially, but i think they would be quick to agree that it's worse academically--i cannot figure out how to teach kids at home and in the room well at the same time, and the safety restrictions on the classroom make me feel like i'm trying to teach from a bubble to a bunch of kids enclosed in bubbles (i can't even see some of the kids through the damn plexiglass.

horseshoe, Sunday, 25 April 2021 16:39 (one month ago) link

the plexiglass is a joke, i never put mine up

class project pat (m bison), Sunday, 25 April 2021 16:40 (one month ago) link

it is absurd theater and i hate it

horseshoe, Sunday, 25 April 2021 16:42 (one month ago) link

my favorite is throughout the year how to guy taking temps at the door has had his mask off his nose at various points, its a fuckin joke

class project pat (m bison), Sunday, 25 April 2021 16:44 (one month ago) link

*how the guy

class project pat (m bison), Sunday, 25 April 2021 16:44 (one month ago) link

We're all back in the classroom so, mercifully, I don't have the lunacy of trying to teach the room and remotely at the same time. I do have the problem of 30 kids in a room though and, half-arsed safety measures aside, the sense that it's basically a lottery. I'm supposed to stay in my two-metre exclusion zone and mask up when I'm circulating (which is to be kept to a minimum) but I do get caught up and forget. Also, we have no mechanism for enforcing mask wearing with the kids, as it was only ever 'strongly advised' by the government. I'd say maybe 70‰ of kids are masked. We're all LFTing twice a week. We've had two cases since we've been back. It'll only increase.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Sunday, 25 April 2021 16:50 (one month ago) link

xp That sounds really rough, horseshoe. We don't have plexiglass, at least. And I walk around the classroom as per usual and just try to stay six feet away from everyone most of the time. It may well be that I'm supposed to stay glued to my desk, but the reopening was so rushed and the directions we've been given have are so vague that I honestly don't know. At this point, I'm trying not to ask too many questions.

Chinaski, that sounds nuts, I'm sorry you have to deal with that. We are constantly 100% masked to the point where the kids can't even pull down their mask to eat a snack in between classes, we have cohorts of no more than 15 per class, and I still worry about the risks.

Lily Dale, Sunday, 25 April 2021 16:57 (one month ago) link

I was doing remote yesterday for the music teacher at my old school. She has some K/1 coverage as part of her day, which includes dance. I hope my neighbor wasn't looking in when I was standing in front of the computer (and window) doing--or trying to do--this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LS89QO3U28

clemenza, Saturday, 8 May 2021 14:24 (one month ago) link

I hope the school board reimburses you for the pink cat costume.

Halfway there but for you, Saturday, 8 May 2021 15:45 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

Unbelievably stressful: losing the internet when on a remote supply/substitute job. You've left behind ~25 kids who may, at that point, know what they're supposed to be doing or--if you're just about to start something--may not. Lost my connection twice this morning. Much colorful language. At least I'm with 7s and 8s today--even worse if it's young kids.

clemenza, Monday, 31 May 2021 18:19 (three weeks ago) link

Essentially, because the government have advertised the appeals process, and made school's liable, we have to have robust data to prove each student is entitled to the grade we award. We've had a month or so to turn ourselves into an exam board, desperately trying to retrofit data for purpose. So this week alone we've been moderating the 480 papers our Y11s sat in mid-May. We've marked them as a department (all anonymised), input the data onto a spreadsheet, moderated each other and changed any anomalies, re-entered data that needed altering, added names to the anonymised data and are now trying to match with data from across the last two years - with the aim of chucking out final grades that won't exceed previous years' by an amount that might trigger an investigation. All alongside our usual teaching and planning load (Y10 are preparing for end of year trials) and obviously for no extra money.

It goes without saying that as an English department we a) are under greater scrutiny as a core subject and b) simply don't have robust data in the way that STEM subjects do. We have student work but it's not marked in a way that generates neat summative data and anyway, it's not marked with this kind of end-goal in mind (and can't be adapted for purpose, really). It's been an extraordinary week already and there's still a shit ton to do before Friday's deadline. And our head could still kick our results to the kerb if he thinks they're lacking integrity or are too advanced on the previous five years.

The scale of stress and rage within our department is amazing.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 21:01 (two weeks ago) link

give everyone a's

class project pat (m bison), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 23:19 (two weeks ago) link

That sounds miserable. I'm so sorry you have to deal with that.

Lily Dale, Thursday, 10 June 2021 04:27 (one week ago) link

I think I taught the world's first trillionaire this morning: a kid in kindergarten who, for his sharing, had a chart with the main units of money from 20 different countries. He could pronounce most of them--Deutsche Mark gave him some trouble.

clemenza, Thursday, 10 June 2021 23:35 (one week ago) link

(Quadrillionaire, that is--my brain and my hands are often strangers.)

clemenza, Friday, 11 June 2021 00:35 (one week ago) link


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