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Old 04-05-2005, 04:47 PM   #31
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who drives you more crazy...the students...or the parents?
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Old 04-05-2005, 05:35 PM   #32
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Absolutely there were kids who got me out of bed in the AM. Lizzie, Libby, Lamar ( whose father beat the out of him), Angelica, Glory, Chris who taught me a few guitar lessons after school (the suck up ), Jessie and Aaron, brothers in my drama class, and so many others...

Man I need to get my portfolio back out and look at it again.

I am most passionate about writing and literature. I was totally unprepared to teach writing especially. Lit. was a little better. I had to seek out my own training to teach writing. I agree with Martha--I don't think of teaching as a art or a science. It's a craft. There is genius, and instinct, in some, but it can be learned, too. Anyway, each new book for me is a new view of life. It challenges, inspires, touches and humanizes. And writing! Words are a playground, I would tell them. As I "unlearned" how it was supposed to be taught, and let me own common sense guide my lessons, I learned to trust my students' need to express themselves and their pride in a job well done. Slowly as I got better at this, and I still have a long way to go, we published and peer reviewed and they started to see writing as something they could use to have fun, express or explore an idea, or persuade.

Now you've got me going....I'll stop.

Final question: the parents always drive me more crazy.
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Final question: the parents always drive me more crazy.
that's what i expected.
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Sorry, I have a few questions:

You have to sit for an exam prior to teachers college? Is this on top whatever High School exams you have to do?[/Q]

YES



[Q]What is MA? And you said for Elementary Certification. Is this for Primary School (teaching 4-12year olds) or something else?[/Q]

MA = Massachusetts
Primary school would be 1st grade through 6th grade or ages 5-12



[Q]Then when they take the content program after the provisional test, how long have they been studying? [/Q]

Content would be a test in your education specialty area....

[Q]When you get the provisional license do you have a Bachelor Degree at this stage or is the Master's and Bachelor degree all rolled into one? [/Q]

Provisional is Bachelor's Degree


[Q]Do you think doing all the additional work has helped you as a teacher or do you feel that teachers are born and the education is just an opportunity to develop resources for use in the classroom? [/B][/QUOTE]

As in any class it depended on the instructor. Some benefitte dme, and some, did not. I think people are BORN to teach. It is a gift that cannot be taught. I think the resources along the way help those born into it.
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What is your favorite, most passionate subject to teach about?
History, Reading, Math

I love helping students learn to LOVE reading. I feel I have done a decent job at it, when I get storuies about kids starting their own literature groups to continue reading in the summer.

History, because I love the history of the area I live in. There are so many resources to teach about the pilgrims and the revolution.

Math, because I have worked my ass off to become good at it.
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I asked today, if I am still in the classroom and not principalling(is this a word) somewhere if I could have the entire Free Lunch Population in my class next year.

I was tiold NO it was profiling.

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Otherwise it may have been quite innovative.

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I take the fifth....but its not my babies!
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who drives you more crazy...the students...or the parents?

PARENTS!

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"Avoiding war is the work of politicians. Establishing peace is the work of educators" ~Maria Montessori
What you also know Montessori!

omg you´re so intelligent.. I got a friend who is very much into Montessori´s methods. also another friend a social worker likes her.. ..however, sometimes I feel you know everything that I know :shy grin:
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Thanks Hip hop--that made my day.

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Do you think that too many kids are put on Ritalin just for being kids, and that it's overperscribed? In my kids' school it seems like half the kids are going to the clinic for their 'medication' I have volunteered a lot at the school in the past and it seems to me that it's handed out too easily and that maybe only 1 in 10 of these kids really needs it. I don't like it because I fear it leads to a life of chemical dependency. No, my kids are not on it and I wouldn't do it even if they asked me to. What is your opinion on this, hyperactivity and hyper medications?
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Do you think that too many kids are put on Ritalin just for being kids, and that it's overperscribed? In my kids' school it seems like half the kids are going to the clinic for their 'medication' I have volunteered a lot at the school in the past and it seems to me that it's handed out too easily and that maybe only 1 in 10 of these kids really needs it. I don't like it because I fear it leads to a life of chemical dependency. No, my kids are not on it and I wouldn't do it even if they asked me to. What is your opinion on this, hyperactivity and hyper medications?
This is a common misconception, although I'm sure it can happen at times. I wonder if the same parents who refuse to "medicate" their child would deny them heart medicine, insulin, etc. ADHD is a medical condition. It can be somewhat controlled through diet and behavior modification, but medication is the way to keep it under control. Many children will end up medicating themselves so they can maintain some self-control. ADHD left unchecked can lead to major self-esteem issues, it interferes with learning, and it interferes with appropriate social development. I would put my own child on ADHD meds in a heartbeat if I felt it would help him learn and develop appropriate social conduct.
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Hi Kitty--I really have to confess that I don't at all feel qualified to answer that. I have my suspicions that it's overdiagnosed, but there are a lot of kids out there with problems that medicine can help, too. I feel like I'd need to know a lot more about neuroscience to answer....
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Thanks Sherry! Martha, I know there are some kids who really need it, but the number of kids I see on it seems unusually high. Sorry but I am convinced some teachers want the kids medicated into being little zombies instead of kids. A few kids DO need it, I'm sure, but what I'm saying is that it seems to be way overused and in many cases the kids are just being kids. It's not natural for kids to sit down and behave, it doesn't have to mean there's anything wrong with them. They could just be brats, or could feel unchallenged by the work. I do believe in some cases the 'hyperactivity' is caused by diet and that can easily be controlled. But I hate to see so many kids on this stuff. I have to say I agree with Montel Williams (he's the one I got the one in ten number from) when he says how can you tell a kid to take their medicine, it will help you feel better, and then tell them that other drugs are 'bad' and they should learn to live without them? In our school, they had to change 'drug free school zone' and 'just say no' to add the word 'illegal' since so many kids asked about their drugs being bad. I just think there is way too much of it. No my kids have never been accused of hyperactivity or ADD and no I wouldn't deny them life saving medicines, I don't think anyone would except maybe someone with extreme religious beliefs.
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