Originally Posted by CBrown85
Shifting gears, how has the web changed your teaching in the last few years or if you're a new teacher, how do you incorporate the internet into your classroom?
I'm presenting at a district Pro-D day on friday about the uses of Web 2.0 and 3.0 in the classroom (super nervous) and am interested in everyone's experiences.
Welp, it helps if you're in a newer building. We have so many problems just because our building is so old. For example, Smart Boards falling off teh walls, dust getting into the computers (we have so much dust that in our laptop carts (which each floor has 3, filled with 35 computers each) about half are not usable.
The internet is great for lessons., though I don't really use lesson plans that way. Don't get me wrong, I have them, we have to, but I basically keep a book, and I ammend each unit as I see what works and what doesn't. The new "catch phrase" in NYC is differentiation, and the internet helps with that a TON. We're supposed to be teaching to each student at their level of learning, and with the incorporation of Special Ed into the classroom, its getting harder and harder. We used to have homogenous classes, not they're heterogeneous, which in practice makes this harder. Being able to pull up related images, video clips, and sound clips is a GREAT way to hit many learning modalities. Our report cards are now done online, although are gradebooks are not connected. Instead of filling out bubble sheets, which would take me HOURS, I am finished with report cards in 30 minutes.
The biggest help though is the communication with parents. Email is the fastest way to talk to them, and for them to get us. No more messagaes in our mailboxes and games of phone tag.
Originally Posted by audiophilia
Great thread, NYR. Easily derailed by contrarians, but your good nature and obvious pride in your students and profession is admirable. Ignore the noise.
Some questions for you.
Band and/or vocal program?
30% leave the profession before three years like Canada?
'No Child Left Behind'. Your thoughts?
We have both, and I think Arts are necessary to have a well rounded student. So is Phys Ed.
People get into to teaching because they want to be Michelle Pfifer from Dangerous Minds. Its not like that. I honestly believe its not something you can learn or be taught how to do. You either have it or you don't. You have to be able to accept that you're not gonna reach, be liked by everyone. Just do the best you can, new teachers can't get past that. Many also think, becuase they are fresh out of college learning the bs, that they know better than their admins, and butt heads VERY often (this is by far the biggest concern for new teachers in my school). Its a game, and you just have to learn how to play it.
Good intentions, but put into practice, not so good. I think, and have seen it, encourage social promotion even more. Standardized tests have gotten much easier, and admins pressure teachers to pass kids that do no work. We've just been called out on this by a savvy parent in my school. But when teachers get "called in" to justify a failing grade, the message is clear, pass them, or we'll break your balls. "What have you done to differentiate for that student?" is a common question in that regard. For me, I offer so much extra credit thats always available, I get no argument when I fail kids.
Originally Posted by CBrown85
At the basic path in BC, it would be to get a major and minor in a 'teachable'- ie. history, physical education, math, etc. It helps to have two teachable subjects for employability. Once you've got your undergrad, you take a 12 month degree in education, which is divided into three major cohorts and further divided into subject area. So if you wanted middle school, you'd be in the middle school cohort and in whatever 'groups' that you'd be teaching. Different universities have different setups but they all need to comply with the BC College of Teachers certification requirements in order be certified.
(There's a big debate on 'teacher qualification' happening right now, in that, there is a list of nine things that makes one qualified to be a teacher and they have no particular ranking, but to 'get there/hired' you need the degrees)
Pretty much the same thing here, maybe slight variances.