Archive for November, 2009

Observation…

November 30, 2009

Today was my big observation.  The principal cam and watched my for most of 2nd period.  I did fine.  My kids were great, but they always are when the principal is in the room. I wasn’t too nervous and just did what I always do.  He even sent me my evaluation within a few hours.  THe only complaint I have is that I wish he would have come later in the day.  I am a much better teacher after I have taught it a few times.  Some of the things he suggested that I improve are usually corrected later in the day. It looks like I won’t be fired!

 

-J

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TCU v. Utah…

November 16, 2009

On Saturday, my school got to go to the TCU-Utah game in Ft. Worth.  TCU invited middle schools to come to each home game this season, and we got invited to this game.  We were lucky to get to go and watch a top 25 match-up (#4 v. #16).  I bet TCU wishes they hadn’t given those seats away.  This was the first time in a while that they had sold out, and actually set a stadium attendance record.

For the trip, students, parents, and teachers got to go for free.  Everyone got a ticket, shirt, soda and popcorn. Not a bad deal!  I was on of the few, and I mean few (about 3), teachers that volunteered to go.  Everyone thought it was going to be crazy having that many kids on the trip, especially on the bus ride.  We had about 350 kids, but we also had over 100 parents, so things weren’t that bad.  The kids were much better than anyone expected, but we had so many adults watching them.

The game was great.  Things were a little unorganized on TCU’s side, but everything worked out.  We were worried that we would lose some kiddos (and there were some that I hoped we would lose), especially since some of the kids were roaming the stadium instead of watching the game, but things turned out fine.  We had no problems when we loaded the buses, everyone was present and accounted for.

For those of you who missed it, TCU won 55-28.  The game was great, unless you were a Utah fan.  Today I picked up a drawing from a kid in class.  Apparently he was still too excited about the game to pay attention in class.  Enjoy!

-J

There is no such thing as an entry level teaching position…

November 11, 2009

Someone once told me that part of the reason it is hard for new teachers to get a job is because there is no such thing as an entry-level teaching position.  I believed it then and I believe it now more than ever.  Now I can see why schools want to hire experienced teachers over new teachers.  New teachers must do the same things that experienced teachers do: teaching the same material and getting the same results.  A lot about teaching comes with experience.  Even good first year teachers have a lot to learn.  I have learned a lot this year and I still have a lot to learn.  Sometimes I wish that I could start the year over because I could do things much better, which could fix some problems that I have now.  But I will get that chance come August.  For now, I will just keep doing what I’m doing right, changing what needs to be changed, and trying new things to see how they work.

On the plus side, I feel like I have made a good contribution to the 8th grade history department.  One thing that I told them in my interview was that as someone without teaching experience, I might be able to bring a new perspective to things.  I feel like I have been able to follow through and have been able to change some things for the better.  Go me!

-J

Birthday quotes…

November 5, 2009

When one kid knows about your birthday, all kids know about it.  My kiddos had some funny quotes from today.

“Mr. H, you’re 24?  My mom is older than you.” To which I replied, “I hope so.”

“Mr. H, what are you going to do tonight?  Are you going to get drunk and come to school hungover tomorrow?”

“You’re 24?  Why are you teaching.  If I were 24, I would be out partying.” Ye s because I can afford to party all day and not work.  Crazy kids.

-J