I am a teacher. And also a nerd. And sometimes I do things in public that make others stare at me.
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You're doing a wonderful job with your kids! Keep at it... Break's almost here :)
Aw, thanks anon!
I had to let down the hammer on my math class today.
As we came in, they did automaticity and I asked them to turn in their homework. No one got up. Mind you, they had all Monday afternoon and ALL OF TUESDAY as it was a snow day. Also I sent TWO remind101 notifications and it was written as homework from the start of class Monday.
Not a soul finished it.
Two people were able to complete it fully by the end of lunch. (We have about 10 minutes of class, then lunch, then arts, then they come back to me). I told every arts teacher to take any math homework a student was doing in their class.
Any student who did not have their homework had to line up and call their parent to tell them that they did not have their homework complete on time. After that, they were to sit in silence and get. it. done.
I was not happy at all. Especially because when a student calls from the classroom for a disciplinary issue, teachers are supposed to follow up and call the parent the same day. I spent some quality time with my phone today. Two kids cried in class. Not everyone got it done.
Oh, and? AND? It took FIVE attempts to come into class successfully after art. FIVE.
It is time these kids learned to stop wasting my time. At the end of that awful, grueling math class I asked them if they’d had fun. Everyone said “no.” Then I asked what they need to do to prevent this from happening. They all replied homework. Let’s hope it sticks.
(Interesting note: several students said their parents laughed when they reported not doing their homework. When I called, the parents were upset with their kids and promised I’d see a new student tomorrow.)
Oh my glob, Mr. Kaaay just gave me fantastic news that I can’t share with anyone and also is dependent on him finding a grad program in January.
I am on cloud 9!
Confession: sometimes I wrap up food packaging like presents just because I like wrapping presents.
Some time ago I drew these Harry Potter characters, but I don’t think I ever put them all on Tumblr in one big thing, just a few here and there and a photo of the paper figures that I made from them.
With these drawings, I was trying to follow the physical descriptions given in the books while diverging as much as possible from the movie and original illustration versions. With the three main kids, I don’t think I did much by way of giving any of them a new spin - something I might try to rectify some time down the road - but I had fun drawing all of them, and that’s the important thing, ain’t it?
Schweizer’s versions of the dementors are still my favorite interpretation of them, scary as heck, way creepier than the already creepy movie versions. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this full set before! I had only seen the paper figures he had in the window of his office at school and a few miscellaneous ones on the web.
Chris, that is the craziest looking centaur I have ever seen, I’m not sure what to say about that.
Teacher confession 1: I kind of love spirit days because I get to dress kind of wacky for a reason!
Teach confession 2: I am glad it’s a snow day today because I didn’t really have any solid plans for my A block today.
Oh yes. Although husband and I aren’t pregnant (YET), we struggle with names because I have known students with names he likes and I turn them down quickly. Some names leave a large scar in my brain and I can’t think of the name without associating it with a current or past student.
I am for real wanting to get pregnant before a couple of names get ruined. Thankfully, I have roughly 5-10 years before the boy name I like is likely to enter my classroom.
Drama club has begun. Auditions went from 3-4. They will likely last until 5:30 tomorrow, 6 on Thursday and 4 or 5 on Friday.
I don’t even feel bad for coming home and having chips for dinner and not doing any grading. Nope.