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New Teacher Discussion Community [28 Feb 2009|01:20am]

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?)
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Survey: Please help me with my action research project! :) [31 Jan 2009|07:21pm]


Hey guys,

I am doing an action research project for grad school about using dramatic  activities in the content classroom.  I made a survey online for classroom teachers.  It would help me soooooo much if you could fill out the survey.

Link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=8D_2fKBNc9HIqM_2fVZeH6jQrg_3d_3d

Thanks so much!!!  It would help me soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much!


PS: This is for Pre-k to HS teachers.

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Graphic Novel Professional Development [29 Oct 2008|01:33pm]


I've been asked to put together a presentation on using graphic novels in the classroom for a professional development conference.

If you were to attend, what information would you want to know about the subject? What would you expect to happen? And most importantly, what would you like to take home with you to use in your own classrooms?

I know that one of the best parts of professional development seminars is the stuff you get to take home - graphic organizers, books, lesson ideas, etc. I would like to put together some kind of packet to go over and use in my presentation so that teachers can walk away from it feeling as though they can go to class the next day and use the information they received. So I thought I would ask you all what it is YOU would would like to see and get most out of this presentation, were you to sit in on it.

Any ideas?

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[30 Jun 2008|04:37pm]

The Gender Public Advocacy Coalition is pleased to announce the release of its 2008 GENIUS Survey in partnership with Ernst & Young. GenderPAC works to ensure that classrooms, communities and workplaces are safe for everyone to learn, grow and succeed.

The Gender Equality National Index for Universities & Schools (GENIUS), GenderPAC’s most recent effort to end discrimination and promote awareness, encourages colleges and universities to recognize the benefits of a GenderSAFEtm campus - supportive equitable and protective for all students. Choosing to participate in GENUIS sends a strong public statement that bullying or discriminating based on the race, sex or gender of a student, faculty, or staff member is not tolerated at your institution

Fill out the survey at: www.gpac.org/GENIUS2008survey, and make sure that we have data for as many schools as possible. Your voice will help us continue to work towards a safe and welcoming environment for every student.

While we greatly appreciate the interest taken in GENIUS by students, staff and faculty at academic institutions outside of the United States, at this time GENIUS is only able to track schools based in the United States.
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Teachers & opinions on language [15 Feb 2008|10:59am]

I am a phD student currently finishing my dissertation on what teachers think about different ways of speaking. If you are a US teacher, you could support my research by filling out a short questionnaire, available at http://questionnaire.source-lounge.de/questionnaire.php.

Last month, I already invited your participation in a questionnaire that helped me scale the questions used in my study. I would like to thank again all those who already volunteered their time!

The questionnaire that has been created now is pretty short, and it should be possible to answer it in no more than five minutes. The data collected will, of course, only be used for research purposes.

If you chose to enter your e-mail adresse, you will be kept posted on the progress of this research project. I’ll also post occasional updates on my livejournal.

Should you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact me at judith.buendgens-kosten@gmx.net, or to contact me through PM. Your input will be very much appreciated.

Thank you very much!

Judith Buendgens-Kosten

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Help with a research project and support charities at the same time! [31 Jan 2008|12:24pm]
As part of my phD research project in English linguistics, I have developed a questionnaire.
I need quite a number of U.S. American teachers to answer it.

Now, this questionnaire does not actually ask for your personal opinions, it merely gives opinion statements and asks you which one sounds more positive. E.g. "I enjoy ice cream from time to time." vs. "Ice cream is the very best thing in the world." (The actual questionnaire, of course, has nothing to do with ice cream – that‘s just an example of the type of questions asked.)
I have decided to give an extra incentive for all volunteers. I cannot ‘pay’ you, but I offer to make a donation of 2$ for every completed questionnaire. And, the best thing: Every volunteer can decide to which organization his/her money will go! You can choose between
The American Red Cross,
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals,
Teaching inc.
After the first 20 questionnaires, I added further 10 dollars to the donation sum, and if I get 20 more, I will add 10 more dollars. That’s, of course, only a small symbolic ‘thank you’ gesture to express my sincere gratitude for your time and effort!

Answering the complete questionnaire will take – based on how quick a reader you are – 5 to 10 minutes.

If you would like to participate, just send me a PM or E-mail (judith dot buendgens hyphen kosten at gmx dot net), and you will receive your username, a password and a URL. At the end of the questionnaire you have the option to enter your e-mail address. If you do so, you will receive updates on how the project progresses and how much money will be donated.

Thank you very much!

Judith Buendgens-Kosten
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it's not just sad, it's a misrepresentation [10 Oct 2007|10:06pm]

It is always very sad when there are school shootings. This one today was tragic -- and certainly a case of a student who needed help dealing with mental health issues.

But is there anyone who secretly wishes the next kid who shoots up a school would do it wearing something from the GAP or Abecrombie & Fitch or something? Just once, if I have to hear about a school shooting at all, I want to hear about a girl in a cheerleader uniform who does it -- or a boy in his football jersey. 
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free laminating [19 Aug 2007|12:53pm]

Office Max has free laminating for teachers. You have to take in your items on a Thursday and the last day is September 13. No limit! :)
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Fantasy Books--Know any? [27 Jun 2007|10:02pm]

I have a student in my 2nd grade class next year that is G&T. He's reading at a 9th grade reading level. He's really into fantasy/magic/knights  books. Since he is not the norm, I do not have a ton of young adult chapter books for him so I have been stocking up.

So I ask, do you know of any good young adult fantasy books...dragons, magic, etc that students enjoy? What better group to ask than the "teacher goths," eh? ;) 

This student has read the Harry Potter series as well as all of the Chronicles of Narnia. I recently purchased from amazon: 

-The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Stroud, Jonathan
-From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by Konigsburg
-A Wrinkle in Time by L'Engle, Madeleine
-Book of Enchantments by Wrede, Patricia C.
-Sorcery and Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot  by Wrede
-The Unsuspecting Mage: Book One of the Morcyth Saga by Pratt
-The Enchanted Forest Chronicles: Dealing with Dragons / Searching for Dragons / Calling on Dragons / Talking to Dragons [Box set]

as well as a book I found today for myself: The Alchemist: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicolas Flammel by M. Scott. I am a Harry Potter nerd, and recognized the name Flammel from The Sorcerer's Stone. (So far it's an ok read.)

Any other ideas of books appropriate for a young reader in this genre? Thanks!
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Teacher Survey [28 Oct 2006|02:20am]

I am studying to be a special education instructor, and am hoping you can help me out.
I need to conduct a teacher survey over the weekend for my intro to ed course.
If you are a Jr high or high school teacher can you complete this survey?

I will be eternally grateful!:)

SurveyCollapse )
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note to parents [20 Jun 2006|09:06am]

Saw this in a teacher calendar the other day and loved it.

If Only Schools Could Really Do This

Out of frustration at those parents who like to blame the school for their children's shortcomings, someone at a California High School created this script for the school's fictional automated answering service when a parent called:

"To lie about why your child is absent, press 1.

To make excuses for why your child did not do his/her assignment, press 2.

To complain about what we do, press 3.

To swear at a faculty member, press 4.

To ask why you didnt get the information that was already enclosed in your newsletter and several flyers, press 5.

If you want us to raise your child press 6.

To complain about bus transportation, press 7.

To complain about school lunches, press 8.

To request another teacher for the third time this year, press 9.

If you realize that this is the real world, and your child must be held accountable for his own behavior, classwork, and that it's not the teacher's fault for your child's lack of effort, hang up and have a nice day."

Thought I'd share this piece of snark :)

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Teacher All Call: Nonfiction Book Projects? [22 Apr 2006|12:23am]

[ mood | curious ]

I am in the middle of a web search, but was wondering if anyone had interesting ideas for Non-Fiction Book projects, specifically using multiple intelligences or having students selecting from a project menu?

This is the final independent reading project for my 9th Grade Honors English class. While I want their work to be academically minded, they’ve worked their butts off for me this year, and I also want to give them some fun aspects to their final projects as well.

I have a ton of traditional fiction alternative projects, some of which will work for the non-fiction, but I’m concerned about giving options to the students who choose books that do not fall in the category of biography/autobiography/event history. I didn’t give this stipulation when they did project titles, and one of my kids brought me a book on the scientific elements (!) -- 200 pages, as I asked, and the language is completely academic. He says it’s what he’s really interested in right now, but unless I want to read a summary of his understanding of the information (and boy, I really don’t), I don’t know what else I might offer him.


x-posed everywhere

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Introductions [11 Apr 2006|09:53am]

Hello :)

I found this community following up links from another community, and decided to join. I used to be a Latin and Classical Culture/Architecture teacher at a Gymnasium in the Netherlands (I'd say it was about college-level, we have different names for our levels here :) and I quite liked my job, but it wasn't always easy. I found I got along great with my pupils (they were 16-17ish) but not so well with my colleagues. Though I dressed in black with the occasional bandshirt, I had no visible tattoos, piercings, markings or (very) obscure jewelry. Still, my colleagues (all in their mid 50s) decided I was 'strange' and hardly talked to me, and when they did, it was to inform me they disapproved of the way I handled to my pupils. I allowed my pupils to call me by my first name, and let them have their lunch in the classroom provided they cleaned everything up before they left- my class was after a 3-hour PE block, and if I didn't let them have a sandwhich in class they'd just sneak out to the lavatories and have one there. I remember standing in line for the same concert tickets as my pupils, and running into them in gothic music stores in Amsterdam in the weekends (during which I was a bit more 'gothed up' seeing as that was my time off). Sadly, the schoolboard decided I didn't "socialise" enough - with the other teachers, of course- and told me I had to 'shape up or get out'. Mind you, they admitted that my teaching was fine (they had sit-ins in my class to make sure) but it was just my 'attitude'. As this teaching job was a part-time thing next to getting my university-degree, I decided it wasn't worth it; I finished the year and left, much to my students' regrets, they said.

I miss teaching, but this experience with the schoolboard was so discouraging that I haven't tried again. I am the way I am- I suck at socialising with the older generations, mostly because they have their prejudices about me ready at the blink of an eye, judging on my outfit.

Maybe reading along here will show me some of the positive experiences you had as teachergoths? :)
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Question about teaching... [08 Apr 2006|07:39pm]

[ mood | pensive ]

Do you think it's ok to refer to my students as "dude" or is that unprofessional? I have been doing it and am now wondering if I am coming across the wrong way...

Cross-posted willy-nilly...

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Goths Growing Up [22 Mar 2006|01:04pm]

[ mood | reflective ]

That's us up there, referring to the Subject. I haven't read these two articles myself, so I don't know whether the reportage is good or not, but they might be of interest, even if not directly connected to education per se, other than having to do with a recently-conducted study:

Upwardly Gothic: Behind the black hair dye and white make-up goths are simply art lovers, who aspire to middle-class values, says a new study. Is that right?

I have seen the future - and it's goth: We mocked their make-up and giggled over their gloom. But the goths are taking over the country. Dave Simpson reports.

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Dear Students... [15 Mar 2006|10:31pm]

Dear Middle-School Students,

I know that this will come as a complete and utter shock to you, but once upon a time, your very own Mrs. G was a member of a 7th grade. Even waaaay back then in the very early 90s, teachers assigned homework. There were worksheets, math problems, written assignments, group projects. Even, (gasp!) questions out of textbooks!

So you see, dear children, I am familiar not only with the terrible burden it places upon you but also with all the various tricks that the teenage mind can devise to get out of doing it. Your pets, I know, eat nothing but homework. Your cats will play with no other toy, only the assignment due today would satisfy your feline friend. Not only do you have no functional computer in your house -except the one you use for MySpace and AIM, of course- but you cannot hand write anything either because you suffer chronic injuries acquired every evening when it's time to pick up a pencil. Your printer is perpetually broken, your parents have never heard of ink. They've never bought you loose leaf paper. You spend your evenings in a bare cell with nothing but a TV and a telephone equipped with a special jamming device, one specifically designed to prevent you from getting any information about assignments from anyone else that you know.

I understand, really I do, what a terrifying thing it is for your parents to hear about your missing work, your attitude problems, your schoolyard fights. That's why I understand what a page ripped from your planner means, when it happens to be the page I wrote the list of missing work upon. The bus is frought with peril, your schoolmates -who, of course, have no names whatsoever and you have no idea what they look like- are hellbent on grabbing your backpack, rifling through it and removing any notes that might have been intended for your folks. These nameless, faceless assailants are also the ones that hide your textbooks, steal your projects and emotionally traumatize you to such an extent that you get migraines as soon as a test is handed out and absolutely *must* see the nurse or else you'll die.

See? I get it. 7th grade sucks.

However, you get through it. You get through 8th grade too, all of high school. If you're lucky, you get through college, and if you do, you may find yourself, one day, facing a pile of lame excuses and math-fed dogs owned by your very own class full of homework-phobic 12 year olds.

On that day, if you are fortunate enough to reach it, it will be your turn. You will stand in front of your class and say to them these same special words that I must say to you now:

"Yes, you have homework tonight, and yes, you have to do it."


~Mrs. G
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Funny! [19 Feb 2006|04:32pm]

[ mood | amused ]

So, I work at a very small middle school in a little provincial spot in New Jersey. It is not an open minded place, and in the interest of keeping my job and dealing with the other teachers, I dress quite conservatively, including my make up.

Friday, however, we had a poetry day, and the teachers decided to all come in beatnik style, all black, or black and white stripes. I took the opportunity to bust out just a little liquid black liner and sparkly white eye shadow because, after all, it fit the style we were shooting for.

The funniest reaction was from one of my 13 year old students - one who isn't remotely goth but does favor heavy dark eyeshadow. "Omigod, Mrs.G! Look at your eyes, that looks awesome! Why don't you do that all the time?"

I laughed and told her it wasn't in teacher dress code. She rolled her eyes at me.

Middle schoolers crack me up. If they ever saw me in my 'good' gear, they'd each have little individual heart attacks. ;)


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