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Edie Parrott
Kennesaw, GA
High School English Teacher
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I am moving Gladly Would I Teach to a new blogging service. Please bookmark the new site: Gladly Would I Teach Please forgive the missing or dead links as I try to derive order from all the mess in the next week. I will keep this Typepad site online for a couple of months as I try to move everything to the new platform. I’m sorry for the confusion! Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2009 at Gladly Would I Teach
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Blog has moved to a new platform. Please update your bookmarks: http://www.gladlywoulditeach.com/ I have spent the past week grading 83 research papers. Some were outstanding, some good, and some needed more work. The assignment required students to research a problem and one solution for the problem and write a 5-page research paper. Students could choose any topic so long as they could find sufficient research. Here are the most popular topics that students selected for their research papers. I suppose the list gives a glimpse into the interests of today’s teenagers. 12 Papers about Teen Issues (stress, overworked teens, suicide,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2009 at Gladly Would I Teach
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"Before I collect your papers, please turn to the back and write me a note. Tell me how you think you did, how easy or difficult it was to write the paper, whether you allowed yourself enough time or if you waited until the last minute to finish the paper. What grade do you think you will make? Is there anything specific you want me to check?" Why did it take me more than two decades inside a classroom to recognize the value of the simple act of having students reflect on their work BEFORE they turn in assignments? Many... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2009 at Gladly Would I Teach
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Mention the word "research" to most teachers, and we all think of research papers. We know we need to require our students to complete more research activities, but there is a limit to how many research papers we can actually grade. (Can you tell I spent the majority of my weekend grading research papers?) I designed an extensive group research project several years ago that is one of my favorite assignments for students. Working in groups of 3 or 4, students must research both sides of a controversial issue and then create a portfolio of the research that they find... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2009 at Gladly Would I Teach
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Last week one of my best students served time in In-School Suspension (ISS) for failure to follow proper check-out procedures. From what I can gather from the student and other teachers, one day during the previous week, the student had brought a note to check-out of school. The attendance clerk called home to verify the note and then gave the student a pass to return to the office to check-out later in the day. The student attended her morning classes and then reported to my class where she delivered a 25-minute group presentation, the culmination of a long group project... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2009 at Gladly Would I Teach
A few weeks ago, I posted information about an exciting class discussion procedure called World Cafe. I used the approach yesterday for the first time, and the group discussions proceeded much better than other forms of discussions that I have used in the past. If you are looking for a new or perhaps more productive way to place kids in groups and have them discuss a work of literature or a topic, take a look at World Cafe. My Original Post About World Cafe Discussions Yesterday I used a modified World Cafe approach when I had my students discuss the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2009 at Gladly Would I Teach
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I promised myself yesterday morning before collecting research papers that I would grade 10 papers before going to bed. I failed. I graded five papers in almost three hours and gave up. Why are research papers so difficult for students? Many of my best students who write beautifully on timed writings fall apart and often write incoherent phrases, sentences, and paragraphs in research papers. I understand that documentation is harder for students, but the major errors I am finding so far have little to do with documentation. As I grade, I'm also completing the English teacher shuffle. If you have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2009 at Gladly Would I Teach
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Every teacher who requires students to write research papers knows how much stress the process produces - FOR TEACHERS! Yes, research papers are nerve-wracking for students, but teachers who experience prolonged research-paper stress year after year know how many times we secretly wish we could lower our standards and omit this time-consuming paper that creates so much misery, hard work, and frustration. I am typing this post on Tuesday, the night before I will actually upload it to the blog because I know I will not have time to type an entry tomorrow when I collect research papers. Interruptions 1... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2009 at Gladly Would I Teach
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Teachers across the country are frustrated with the seemingly constant tests that we require our students to take. My seniors seem to be trapped in a never-ending spiral of college admissions tests. This isn't new. In fact, most of their parents also spent at least one Saturday morning many years ago confined to a high school gym or another testing site so they could take the SAT or ACT. While I may have complaints about these admissions tests, for the most part I just accept that they are a necessary evil for students who want to attend college, and I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2009 at Gladly Would I Teach
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At the end of the semester, I like to give my students a special gift that will remind them of the class and the students. I modified this activity from a story I read in one of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books several years ago. Here is how I create the gift. Five or six weeks before the end of the term, I distribute an alphabetical list of all of the students in the class. I ask each student to write a kind comment for each student in the class. Comments can be only one or two sentences... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2009 at Gladly Would I Teach
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Blog has moved to a new platform. Please update your bookmarks: http://www.gladlywoulditeach.com/ I recently had lunch with a former student, a beautiful young woman who is smart, diligent, and kind, the kind of student teachers remember for a lifetime. I was thrilled a couple of years ago when she first told me that she wanted to become a teacher because we need such compassionate and intelligent young people in today's classrooms. Unfortunately, although she will complete her degree and obtain her teaching certificate in the next year, she probably will never become a teacher. It became clear as we talked... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2009 at Gladly Would I Teach
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I used to hate those days when I had to teach students how to write research papers. I would go over the entire process with students, distribute our research guides that illustrated how to document sources, and then take my classes to the library (yep, we used to call them libraries). Then for the next three days, students wielding heavy reference books would chase me around the library asking, "How do I cite . . . " It was maddening, and judging from the moans in the English Department workroom, other teachers shared my frustration. Then, I met NoodleTools, a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2009 at Gladly Would I Teach
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Blog has moved to a new platform. Please update your bookmarks: http://www.gladlywoulditeach.com/ The first email arrived a little after 8:00 on Friday night with the subject heading "Major Crisis." Two students needed help because they were having a "panic attack" since they couldn't access one of the school's online tools they needed for their group project. The second email arrived a couple of hours later from a group of students who were upset because they could not access the same website and thought they had lost all of their work. We resolved the problem by Saturday morning, but in the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2009 at Gladly Would I Teach
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Friday afternoon as I drove home from school, I kept thinking of a presentation that three of my students had delivered the previous day to one of my classes. In fulfillment of a class assignment, students in groups of three or four were required to research a controversial topic, prepare a portfolio of their findings, and present their information in a twenty-minute talk to the class. When I first announced the assignment several weeks ago, Brooke, Morgan, and Connor formed a group and selected to research the new health care reforms so much in the press today. As the days... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2009 at Gladly Would I Teach
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A sample math question from Georgia's Power Standards: A company that produces pens has n pens in stock at the beginning of a certain day. It produces these pens at a constant rate r for the entire day. If that day, pens have been produced at a greater constant rate, write an equation that can be used to determine the number of pens the company has in stock at the end of that day. (Georgia Department of Education. Information for GPS Math Implementation. May-June, 2007) I have a better question for the Georgia Department of Education: In 2009 Georgia suffered... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2009 at Gladly Would I Teach
Gallery of Writing Here's a new site sponsored by NCTE that gives schools and organizations the chance to set up writing galleries to showcase writing from students and teachers. Once you set up a gallery, it takes 5 days for the request to be granted. It looks like a nice opportunity for publishing student work online. Once a work is published in your gallery, each piece has a unique URL where students can then share the work with other people. Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2009 at Gladly Would I Teach
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Blog has moved to a new platform. Please update your bookmarks: http://www.gladlywoulditeach.com/ On a recent online discussion forum for my AP English classes, students described teacher traits that frustrated them. Listed in order of most frustrating to frustrating, here are the top characteristics or teacher traits that trouble my high school seniors. Negative views of teaching or their jobs Students repeatedly expressed the idea that teachers who hate their jobs should find other jobs. (Please see Sunday's post for more about this student frustration: Teachers Who Hate Teaching ) Busy Work and Lack of Variety in Class Activities Students are... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2009 at Gladly Would I Teach
via prestwickhouse.blogspot.com Make sure you read the comment someone left at the end of this post. Funny! Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2009 at Gladly Would I Teach
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Blog has moved to a new platform. Please update your bookmarks: http://www.gladlywoulditeach.com/ On a recent online discussion forum for my AP English classes, I asked students to describe teacher traits or characteristics that they believe are most important for teachers. Here are the top 6 characteristics they provided, listed in order of importance. Compassion / Interest in Students Most of us would probably think that older (12th grade) students would not be as concerned with whether or not their teachers really understand them or are interested in them. Students participating in this activity, however, cited that the teacher's interest in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2009 at Gladly Would I Teach
New York teen faces charges after threats on Facebook | Voices - syracuse.com "The honors student told police 'she did it because she didn't want to go to school and have the summer end,' said her lawyer, Patrick O'Connell." Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2009 at Gladly Would I Teach
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Never before have students been so immersed in nonfiction works. From online newspapers and magazines, to Wikipedia, to even social networking sites, students have greater exposure to nonfiction than fiction. While most schools do a good job of teaching students how to read and analyze fiction, poetry, and drama, most students need much more direction in reading and analyzing nonfiction. Most English teachers, however, think nonfiction reading is a skill that Social Studies and Science teachers should teach, and most teachers outside of English Departments fail to realize that reading nonfiction is quite different from the reading that most students... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2009 at Gladly Would I Teach
via www.edweek.org This study supports what my own students indicated in a survey I wrote about yesterday. Many teachers are unhappy with their jobs. Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2009 at Gladly Would I Teach
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I always enjoy giving students treats or small gifts at opportune times during the semester. Sometimes I just distribute candy when we need a little excitement or fun Sometimes I bring in a cake and congratulate my seniors at the beginning of the school year. As the year progresses, I love to give individual students books that I have inscribed for a specific occasion because I think it's fun to surprise kids with small gifts to commemorate their accomplishments. I suspect most teachers would like to reward students like this, but who has the money? I absolutely love TEACHERS pay... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2009 at Gladly Would I Teach
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Blog has moved to a new platform. Please update your bookmarks: http://www.gladlywoulditeach.com/ From 8:00 to 8:15 every morning on alternate weeks, I walk downstairs to perform cafeteria duty before school. I stroll around and tell students I do not know to remove hats, to put up phones, and to hide their Ipods. I make sure they don't throw trash in the floor and that they don't scream too loudly. I detest cafeteria duty! Cafeteria duty is the worst part of my day, and I will agree to perform just about any other task to keep from having cafeteria duty before... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2009 at Gladly Would I Teach