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Monday, September 4th, 2006
10:04 am
First day jitters
No matter how many years I teach I always get jitters the day before the first day of school (today). I figured I'd offer up something to people...I was given these posters my first year teaching Math at my school by my Math Coach. They are small posters that are in a word document that you can print out and hang on the wall. They are just some tips for Math (and really for any subject). If you would like them feel free to download they are just tips for solving problems. Posters and what they each sayCollapse )

I realize it isn't rocket science but sometimes kids need that little "push" to help them solve problems on their own.

If you would like to download them go to http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download&ufid=E2FE2ED375AA99C4

They look better in color but feel free to modify to your hearts desire.

If you need a little inspiration today, while you are lesson planning or cutting out shapes or whatnot put in a "teacher" movie. If you can catch "The Ron Clark Story" do that because it is definitely inspiring.

Sunday, April 30th, 2006
10:01 am
go c-track!!! two months of paid vacation. w00t!
Friday, March 31st, 2006
10:20 am
Info about you...
In what part of LA county do you teach?

What specific subjects do you teach?

What grade level do you teach?

What textbooks do you use?

How long have you been teaching?

Are you credentialed?

What do you like the most and the least about your job?


In what part of LA county do you teach? South Los Angeles, commonly referred to as "South Central" off the 110, near Downtown/USC area

What specific subjects do you teach? Intermediate ESL, Advanced ESL, and one regular English class

What grade level do you teach? I prefer to teach 7th grade, but once in a while, I also teach 8th grade

What textbooks do you use? High Point level B, High Point level C, and McDougal Litell--the novels I use are "The Skin I'm In," by Sharon G.Flake, "The House on Mango Street," by Sandra Cisneros, "Monster," by Walter Dean Myers, and "Bronx Masquerade," by Nikki Grimes.

How long have you been teaching? This is my third year

Are you credentialed? I have my preliminary, I just need to clear it

What do you like the most and the least about your job? The most--being able to get to know and inspire some amazing young people, The least--tiring as heck, and all the paperwork!
10:17 am
UGH! I completely understand! The entire week has been so difficult, but yesterday was the worst! Here is what happened during my day:

period 1/2 (my first two hour block): I lost my voice completely--and I mean NO sound could come out. I took away a gang-related note from this girl which referenced "blasting your enemigos," "smokin' bud," "ditching," and "28th Street (a gang." She had the balls to ask if she could have it back, at the end of the period, I said "Hell no girl, I'm callin' your mama! (not in those exact words of course---lol :P) There was no nutrition, but thank god food was passed out in the class. But that was 20 more minutes that I really didn't want to see my students.

Period 3/4: I called the mother of the "gang girl," and she said that she would come in for a parent conference after school. There were like 6 people tardy super late(the same damn kids each time) and I sent them to the referral room after threatening to call the city attorney for truancy. Bc of the lockdown situation, I had to stay with them an extra hour and I hate this class, so it was truly hell! By the time it was time to go, I was about to lose it. I'm no drama queen,but I have to say that I hadn't felt this bad since my first year. I went to the teacher's lounge (which was empty) and cried my eyes out at lunch--on top of that, the school gossip walked in to use the bathroom and saw me.

Period 5: There were no problems. The kids are perfect, the majority of them love to learn, and they show me the utmost respect. However, I was so on edge, and wasn't the best teacher I could be.

Period 6: I was still on edge when the gangster girl and her mother came in, and the girl denied that the note was hers. I said "Um honey, you asked for the note back at the end of class, and she replied "Well, it wasn't mine--I was just trying to get it back for a friend." Then the mother began siding with her daughter, and I just walked the fuck out of the meeting--I didn't have the patience or energy to defend myself anymore. When I got home, there were about 5 messages on my phone from some of the other teachers--"Are you okay? I heard you had a nervous breakdown in the teacher's lounge."

Looking back, I am ashamed of my behavior, but I am only human, and once in a while, humans can break, and that is what happened to me. I haven't had a day like that since my first year, and I hope it doesn't happen for a LOOOOOOOONG time to come!
Thursday, March 30th, 2006
8:45 pm

we're starting tomorrow on lockdown, and we're having nutrition breaks in shifts. our students have organized a walkout with a march to cityhall. i don't mind that they've done so. but what i've told them is that if they meet on campus first, they have made their whereabouts our problem. and that the mature thing to do would be to just not go to school that day and go straight to cityhall. because that message wasn't made clear to enough students, we'll be on our sixth lockdown in three days.

i want to be supportive, but i'm starting to get annoyed.
9:39 am
What track are you on, and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
I'm on C Track, and I would say that the advantages are the long vacations (2 months at a time, uninterrupted.) The disadvantage (and I know this is similar to any track) is that you get burned out easily after the four months at a time--I have one more month left, and I am sooooo burned out right now. I've lost my voice and my body has all but quit on me. I wouldn't mind being on any other track, but I do love the C Track vacations. Also, w B track there is a week where you say goodbye to your old kids and say hello to your new ones all within the span of a few days--that seems a little crazy to me, but I suppose you get used to it.
Wednesday, March 29th, 2006
4:32 pm
Helllooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!! How are you??
8:32 am
What's the situation at your school with the proposed immigration bill?
Hi, welcome to Los Angeles Teach, a new community that you can use to network and exchange information about issues that are going on in LA! I am female, 25, and I have been teaching at a middle school in South Los Angeles for the last three years. I was actually absent yesterday, so I missed this, but my school was locked down and my homeroom had to stay with the poor sub for 5 hours! Thank god I have a tv/vcr in the room. There was some violence against the administration, and a lot of students walked out. When I came back to school today I told my students that walking out and being violent was not only ineffective, but that it also made "southcentral" look even worse in everyone's eyes, and is this the impression that they really want to spread? Lastly, I told them that the only way that they could make any REAL change is to stay in school and get an education.

What is going on at your school, and how are you addressing the issues with your students?
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