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Originally Posted by deveandepot1 View Post
I was subbing in a history class last week. The students had more extra credit points than actual points. The students could literally get an A+ just doing the extra credit.
When I asked the students what they thought of their teacher:
"She is ssoooooo hard", "Too much tests!" and in the back of the class I hear somebody say "Shes a bitch".

Edit-FWIW this was a US History High School Junior Class.

Edit 2- The average on the quiz I gave of them was a 3/10. This was a multiple choice test. A, B, C, or D.
A few students got a 0.

Sounds familiar...lol...except most of my kids don't even do the EC!
post #92 of 562
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Originally Posted by NewYorkRanger View Post
Sounds familiar...lol...except most of my kids don't even do the EC!

Do you get a lot of cheating on the multiple choice quizes? I could of sworn half the class was cheating during a quiz I gave them, but when only 2 people scored higher than a 5/10 I didn't bother looking into it.
post #93 of 562
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Originally Posted by deveandepot1 View Post
Do you get a lot of cheating on the multiple choice quizes? I could of sworn half the class was cheating during a quiz I gave them, but when only 2 people scored higher than a 5/10 I didn't bother looking into it.

At my school, "christmas treeing" is the norm. One day, I was speaking with a colleague about how we almost want the students to cheat. Atleast cheating would show that the kids care about their grades if nothing else.

When I assign homework, I'd say I receive about 50%, which is consistant with other teachers in the bulding . Homework has also become a big issue: Who's really doing it? Is it punishing students who have to care for their siblings while single mom/dad is working second or third shift? etc. Basically, if a student's grade drops b/c of not doing his or her homework, a teacher will get called in and get the same sort of "differentiation" question. It's now the teacher's fault for giving poor homework that doesn't engage the student, and that's why the student doesn't like the teacher and/or school, fails his or her state test, drops out, etc.
post #94 of 562
[quote=NewYorkRanger;4134477]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. [quote]

My division's grading policy states teachers cannot give less than a 50% on any graded assignment. Many times I boosted a student's grade because he or she bombed a test and had to give him or her a 50.
post #95 of 562
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Originally Posted by NewYorkRanger View Post
Why is it ridiclous to think that the wealthiest Amricans SHOULD pay more so ALL Americans (even the dirty poor) can benefit so maybe we can evolve as a society?

At what point have the wealthy paid enough?

What's considered wealthy? You earn more than 75% of the population, perhaps you should pay more taxes.
post #96 of 562
Thanks, NYR. You've confirmed my suspicions. Homework has always been a problem. Should happen, but an hour of Math for a Grade 1? Crazy! My daughter was in French Immersion in a fantastic school. One weekend, she had 12 hours of homework. It all adds up and she managed her time quite well. It's too much, IMO. On the other hand, passing kids, etc, is prolonging the agony. The parents, the ME Generation, just cannot accept realities. My buddy is getting complaint calls from parents, and he's a Prof at university! Ridiculous. Some things, it seems, that are policy in schools, are almost immoral and not in the best interest of the students. Sad.
post #97 of 562
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Originally Posted by deveandepot1 View Post
+1. The AP classes do well with them.

Spoiled kids these days. I took 10 AP classes and non used the internet...not even AP computer science.
post #98 of 562
If you've been teaching for 10 years do you have any problems with going out and being recognized all the time? Do you feel you have any anonymity?

I had a Spanish teacher in high school that couldn't buy his obscene amounts of alcohol without everyone knowing about it because one of his current or former students always had some job in every grocery store in town.

How does your school handle selecting textbooks? How often do they have to be updated?

Good thread
post #99 of 562
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The kids are pretty cool about privacy. I guess it helps that I don't party much anymore. Teachers in the city (and in my school) have been fined thousands of dollars however for Facebook postings of stuff like that. Although I do recognize that teachers should conduct themselves appropriately when they are around students, I feel their personal life is just that. As long as no laws are broken, nothing should be done. I do think there are too many STUPID teachers out there who friend their students (can never understand that). I've accepted friend request from FORMER students, but never current ones. In fact, I have to bring it up in classes when I receive a bunch.

As far as textbooks go, we rarely use them. Goes against the whole Balanced Literacy/Differentiated approach. For me, we just got a new set three years ago. I assign HW from it in HUGE chunks to teach them to budget their time (like HS and college) and assign different questions for higher and lower level performers. They keep the book at home. Parents complain a TON if kids have to carry textbooks to and from.
post #100 of 562
In BC there are two pushes. One is "why give grades, do they really encourage success?" and the other is "here are the school rankings, send your kids and fund the best ones".

Anyway, I think the internet is a double-edged sword. I see a few schools really embracing social medias like twitter in order to reach out to their students. There's a lot of research saying that kids are getting better at managing their 'digital tattoo' as well. It's the whole "digital native" vs. "digital immigrant" concept. To me, teaching computer literacy is essential so it's important that teachers know what the fuck The Google is.
post #101 of 562
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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 need to get better at this. Half my Hist and US Govt. classes now have classroom laptops with Internet access, but so far we are just using the Interwebz to supplement textbooks and do practice exams. I think we could do a lot more with them in Economics, but that class doesn't have laptops.
post #102 of 562
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Originally Posted by JustinW View Post
I need to get better at this. Half my Hist and US Govt. classes now have classroom laptops with Internet access, but so far we are just using the Interwebz to supplement textbooks and do practice exams. I think we could do a lot more with them in Economics, but that class doesn't have laptops.

If you're looking for someone to bounce ideas with and collab fire me a pm. Always like exchanging ideas.
post #103 of 562
Sorry to throw things on the off-topic train here, but I just had a couple of questions. I've an undergrad business student, and I've been having mixed thoughts about careers. Teacher was on my list for quite a while, so any help would be gladly appreciated. 1.) Do you enjoy your job? (simple question, but I get a ton of mixed answers when asking my teachers) 2.) What parts do/don't you like about it? How do you deal with kids who don't exactly cooperate? 3.) What made you want to jump into the teaching field? Thanks.
post #104 of 562
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Originally Posted by CBrown85 View Post
If you're looking for someone to bounce ideas with and collab fire me a pm. Always like exchanging ideas.

Appreciated. Thanks!
post #105 of 562
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Originally Posted by NewYorkRanger View Post
As far as textbooks go, we rarely use them. Goes against the whole Balanced Literacy/Differentiated approach.
Wait, what? How does a student rarely use textbooks? What is balanced literacy and why are textbooks against that approach? I'm an adult and I still buy and read textbooks to stay current!
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