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I was a starry-eyed teacher from New Jersey. Now I work for Philadelphia Public Schools.

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Protected: Worth It?

Posted by aphillieteacher on October 27, 2009

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Protected: Workin’ for the money

Posted by aphillieteacher on October 22, 2009

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Questions. I get questions.

Posted by aphillieteacher on October 21, 2009

I’m an object of interest for my students. I’m always being asked if I’m married , if I have any kids and do I have a boyfriend. That comes with the territory and I don’t usually answer them. I hate talking about myself.

Yesterday Student Y stopped me in my tracks. “Ms. X, do you have any tattoos?”

Great question! As a matter of fact I don’t, but this breath of originality was refreshing. I didn’t give her an answer her but Ky’ia was so surprised by my enthusiasm about (finally) a question with some originality, she didn’t notice.

Do people in offices get nosy questions like this from their clients? or fire drills or a school nurse who comes around to warn people about head lice?

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Myth Busting

Posted by aphillieteacher on October 17, 2009

I was searching around for other education blogs and found an interesting one called “Myths of Teaching” that apparently was used for a teacher-prep course somewhere.

Cool. I’m encountering a lot of myths (such as “No Child Left Behind” will be fully funded and teachers will receive all the supplies they need to teach effectively)

So I started reading and I have to say that some of the comments left by students left me laughing and flashing back to my own Teacher Ed. days.

. . . Many teachers don’t want to take the time to understand their students and they don’t have the patience for them. Instead they judge them by the area they live and their background. Certain teachers feel they have a lot to offer and it’s being wasted with these type of students.Instead of taking the time to get to know their students and finding ways to adapt, teachers just pick up and leave.

On a personal level I can’t understand why some students think it’s great to flip desks over on their way out of a room or feel free to trash the classroom of a teacher they don’t even know – just because no one’s around to stop them. Others think it’s perfectly ok to get out of their seats, talk incessantly and be outright rude.

Would “understanding” change this behavior? Doubtful. It really really isn’t the teacher’s fault when a student assaults faculty or sets fire in a school. All the understanding in the world isn’t going to change that.

My suggestions:

  • Smaller classes (thirty thirteen-year-olds crowded into a classroom? really??)
  • Don’t take a teacher’s valuable prep period away because someone has to cover the gym teacher’s class when he calls out sick.
  • Hire more counselors for kids who exhibit troubled background. Once they’re helped maybe they won’t tear up a classroom with disruptive behaviors like screaming or throwing things while the other kids try to learn.
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    It’s the little things

    Posted by aphillieteacher on October 17, 2009

    Yippee! after submitting my requisition for a bus load of classroom supplies two weeks ago, today I got a box of staples.

    But it’s the little things, right? At this rate paper clips and a stapler will arrive around Thanksgiving.

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    Greetings to you, Mr. H

    Posted by aphillieteacher on October 17, 2009

    I barely know you, Mr. H. All I know is that you were the one who quit on the second day of teaching in Philadelphia. On September 29 I became the third teacher of “your” class.

    I have two questions

    1. did you get a better offer in the suburbs?
    2. or did you know something I didn’t know?

    I am hanging on, Mr. H. But just barely.

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