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Old 04-04-2005, 12:38 PM   #1
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Feel free, Martha and Dread, to join in the answers. In fact, yer drafted.

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How long have you been a teacher? And what grades do you teach?
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8 years, 4th and 5th this year. Subbed 8 years before that.
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Old 04-04-2005, 01:18 PM   #5
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As a teacher, what advice would you give to a public high school senior whose math teacher isn't the sharpest tool in the shed? (she often gets confused about what she's teaching...it's insane).

You're in n. va right? What do you like about living in this state?
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Old 04-04-2005, 01:48 PM   #6
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And have you ever wanted to just strangle a student?
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Old 04-04-2005, 01:58 PM   #7
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10 Years this year....

I have taught 3rd, 4th, 5th.....

I am currently looping with my class....so the poor little kids have suffered for two years.........
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Old 04-04-2005, 02:00 PM   #8
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Of the almost sixty staff members I am still close to being the youngest person on staff.....only three below me.

I am known as the U2 stalker on staff......Most are not fans like you would find here in interference....of the young pups....there is one other fan.
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As a teacher, what advice would you give to a public high school senior whose math teacher isn't the sharpest tool in the shed? (she often gets confused about what she's teaching...it's insane).
How many years has she been teaching?

If she is a young teacher...two years in....she should not be brought back. If it is a teacher that has reached professional status, it takes approximately two years to remove a bad teacher. In either case, the administration should be taking steps not to remove the teacher but to give the teacher all of the assistance they can to succeed. If that does not help...see ya.

If you kids are noticing it, you can bet that the teaching staff is aware of it, and trust me, no one wants to be working with teachers that are NOT producing quality students.

the problem is, math teachers are not easy to come by....As a matter of fact, many are trying to break into the profession without teaching credentials.....which may actually be what the problem is in this case.....
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it varies from state to state....

You must first pass the communications and literacy portion of the MA Teachers test before most colleges will let you into their program.

In MA for elementary certification you need a double major in a content area and in education.

Then you taqke the content specific portion of the teachers test.

Then you are granted a provisional license.

After you have completeted this process....

You must get your master's degree within five years of your date of hire or your teaching credentials are gone and you can no longer teach.

Then you are granted the professional license.

After that.....you must fulfill the certification process every five years. This means basically you must demonstrate that you have taken steps to maintain yourself as being current with the issues facing education. It is about the equivalent of taking four courses in five years, every five years for your career.

Currently I am sitting here with the equivalent of almost two master's degrees because I am in the process of getting my prinicpal's certificate.
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My own yes.....

I find that the demands of the job cause me to spend an inadequate amount of time with my own children. Thank goodness for vacations where I try to make it up.
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Nope. On every field trip, I always get them all back to school.
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Old 04-04-2005, 03:17 PM   #14
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1. It took me about a year and a half past my BA to be in my own classroom.

2. Almost daily some years. This year, only once a month or so.
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any tips to dealing with senioritis?

i want to keep all As and Bs but its just soooooooooo hard!!
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