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Things Students Do That Secretly Crack Me Up, Part 3

6th Grade Boy: “Are the clouds out at night?” 7th Grade Girl (scoffing): “No.” ———————————————– A high school boy is wearing an AC/DC T-shirt. Neighboring girl: “What’s AC and DC?” There is much merriment among the students as he expresses shock at her ignorance. Me: “If she was around when I was in high school, […]

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Seating charts saved my life.

When you take Education classes, you read and respond to dozens of teaching case studies. These are stories based on real life situations teachers find themselves in. They involve some sort of dilemma, and get student teachers thinking about how they would react. In a class I had last fall, we had to write our […]

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Things Students Do That Secretly Crack Me Up, Part 2

Art class, radio is playing a commercial. Dustin: Tony, that commercial is talking about you. Uninsured motorists. Tony: I’m insured. I just haven’t paid the bill in a couple of months. Me: Then you are an uninsured motorist. Art class. I announce that Monday is a holiday (Martin Luther King Jr. day)Tony: We should get […]

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Toward More Process-Oriented Grading

I am continually evaluating my teaching methods and procedures. It’s difficult to be critically self-reflective in a constructive way without spending all my time second-guessing myself. It’s a balancing act. Most times it’s a matter of saying, “that’s okay, you can improve this without feeling stupid about the way you were doing it earlier.” I’m […]

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My student teaching is unofficially over.

Time to celebrate! My final observation for student teaching occurred today. The official end of the term is this Sunday. My observer’s written comments were glowing, mostly about how I was able to handle a very challenging situation without a Master Teacher. I am pretty confident that I earned an A. I am on to […]