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It's been kind of a whirlwind getting here and getting started (I'm still living out of multiple suitcases), with wonderful, interesting people to meet, details to remember, and general life to attend to. I lost my voice on Monday, and it got itself pretty well hidden because it's nowhere in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at Angela's blog
In Holly Dausen’s paper on child abuse, she mentions that teachers should be careful not to assume that what they perceive as neglect is simply another method of child rearing or discipline. But it begs a good question. How much physical punishment is too much? By my upbringing, a strong... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at Angela's blog
I thought that the summer would give me a chance to understand classroom management, but with only four kids in our class, I can’t imagine the classroom getting too far out of control. I also know that this week was the “honeymoon period” or whatever you want to call it,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at Angela's blog
I was not happy at all about having to come in for an 8-hour day on a Saturday. In fact, I whined and complained more than I’d like to admit… but I’m really glad I went. I don’t even know what I found encouraging about the day, but I feel... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at Angela's blog
Today I tried cold calling on students. I was skeptical because our class only had 3 students today (one was absent, and should be permanently since this was her third absence, and another was in ISS), but it ended up working really well. I wrote names on index cards and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at Angela's blog
My lesson today went really well. I had a review period so we went over some of yesterday’s material and then moved on to a packet I prepared for them. I ended up having a lot of fun with the questions… here’s my favorite: 6) D specializes in women’s issues.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at Angela's blog
One of our assignments in the Teacher Corps was to video tape a lesson and then evaluate our own teaching. I videotaped my lesson on using addition and subtraction to solve simple, one-variable, algebraic equations. We started the lesson by using "Mystery Coins," which I found out later were just... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at Angela's blog
For anyone who wants to complain about math class being boring or inaccessible, chew on this: my student, who can't always turn 2x-6=0 into x=3, came up with the formula for a_n in a given geometric series! Boo-ya! I'll take my little victories. Anyway, that lesson was pretty good on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at Angela's blog
Some people are habitual procrastinators; other people are consistently working ahead. While there is generally a continuum of the amount of procrastination a person has, it’s pretty easy to guess where certain people fall on the spectrum. For instance, I’m a procrastinator. Good teachers are typically not. I’ll predict that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at Angela's blog
Phew. One day down. My goodness. Immediate reactions: I can't wait to get back to first block's transitional algebra class. I wish my sixth and seventh period classes would stop being mouthy. I see many advantages to being a black woman at HSHS. I regret not being harder on my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at Angela's blog
There's so much from Wong that I've used, though I've learned it from summer school. I guess the most helpful today was the "Three steps to teaching procedures" of Explain, Rehearse, and Reinforce. I did that for most procedures I explained today-- pencil sharpening, response gestures, and handing in homework.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at Angela's blog
Ruby Payne has a nice little checklist on pages 58-61 to identify (habits of) students and co-workers from poverty. It's helpful, logical, clear, and obviously well-intentioned. The list, and other descriptions in the book, has helped me to understand some of the frustrating things about teaching at HSHS and the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at Angela's blog
By the time I get to 7th period every day, I can’t help but laugh at some of the absurd things my kids do for attention, disruption, or some strange energy release. Some of the behaviors that have cracked my “teacher face” include a trouble maker pulling his pants completely... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at Angela's blog
I'm sitting here too pissed off at my second period to do any real work during my planning period, so I've decided to make a blog entry or two. I'm not in the mood to convince someone to join teacher corps. I don't want to talk about why most of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at Angela's blog
My assistant principal told me today that sending students out of my room should be an extremely rare occurrence-- like once a semester. WHAT?! Do we work at the same school? I guess I should have caught on because she (or whoever is in the office at the time) keep... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at Angela's blog
I laugh a lot, so, yes, my students make me laugh. About a week ago one of my students called me to his desk with a very grave expression. I thought he was going to tell me some heavy secret, like that someone has a gun or that he's leaving... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at Angela's blog
Honestly, I've done so much unblogged reflection about my teaching that I don't really feel like reflecting any more. On the whole, I'd say that I'm doing much better now than I was in August. I've learned to teach sloooower, which is actually a huge thing. I spent too much... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at Angela's blog
Things I did before coming to MS: -called friends just to check in -responded to emails from friends in other cities, towns, and countries -kept track of friends and family I knew to be going through hard times -dropped (or paused) my responsibilities for someone who needs to talk -... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at Angela's blog
As parent conference night wound down in early January, Mrs. Pegues came up to me saying, “Miss Doyle, I have heard so many good things about you!” Really? I’d never seen her before and I don’t teach any of her children, but she’d heard about me somehow. Awesome! Without hesitation,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at Angela's blog
My true feelings on April 7, 2008. My kids just bombed a really easy test and I'm glad. They don't ever do anything, and they deserve to have failed. The five students who actually pay attention got 100s, I can tell already without grading the tests, and everyone else failed.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at Angela's blog
Hypo 1: With Students You have a relatively full classroom (between 22 and 32 students). You are doing anything that requires you to glance away from a certain corner of the room (writing on the overhead, helping a student, taking attendance, etc.). You hear a “YIP!” (or a whistle or... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at Angela's blog
I found the following note to myself while I was cleaning out my school things the other day: Things I learned today 10/29/07 - our superintendent sells us out, bending over backwards to please the parents - 6th period doesn’t care at all. They don’t pay attention, even when I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at Angela's blog
I started my year this year off with a complicated, DOK 3, completely useless preassessment. I didn’t have the experience or common sense to realize that students entering Transitional Algebra would not know how to solve and graph multi-step equations, so asking them to do so was wasting both their... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at Angela's blog
I'm a repetitive coach. I give the same piece of advice four or five times within the same 15 minute coaching session. It might be a habit I developed from teaching 9th graders; it's probably just the way I give advice. Honestly, I try not to repeat myself, but I'm... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at Angela's blog
It's strange to write a blog evaluating my teaching. It's kind of like writing a blog analyzing my walking or my speaking, I can't be purely objective. Plus I have too much information about it to summarize neatly-- trends, exceptions, reactions under a variety of circumstances, etc. But, I'll give... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at Angela's blog