Posts Tagged ‘teaching’

A Day That Cute Baby Animals Did Not Make Better

June 10, 2009 Leave a comment

I HATE the end of the school year. Let me say that again. I HATE THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. You would think it would be a great relief that the school year is ending in 5 days. I should be looking forward to a wonderful paid break. The summer vacations are one of the blessings of being a teacher. However, before I can get to the summer vacation, I have to get through the last week of school. There is no greater hell than the last week of school. (Okay I know there are many greater hells. Its just hyperbole) The kids have checked out. They think that asking them to work is unreasonable. They want nothing to do with teachers or school. It is such a throwaway and so frustrating. Obviously I am doing something seriously wrong. I should be able to teach right from the first day to the last. I should be able to keep their interest and respect. I shouldn’t argue with them and give in whenever they whine. AHHHHHH! I am banging my head into a wall right now, and it doesn’t seem to be helping. I even cried in front of my department head and vice-principal today. Can I embarrass my self any more deeply before the year is out? Of course I can.

But of course I will be back again in September to do it all again. Every year I swear it will be different. I swear I will do better. And I cross my fingers and pray that I can be the kind of teacher that I have always wanted to be. Maybe next year it will be true. I can always hope. I really do love my job, I just get very discouraged when I don’t feel very good at it, and right now I don’t feel very good at it.

Thank You For Your Consideration,

The Graham Ten

P.S. For those of you who think teaching is easy and that we get paid way too much. Please spend a week in my shoes and you will understand why having summers off is a necessity for the sake of sanity. Teaching is certainly one of the toughest jobs you will ever love.BangHeadHere


Kids Write the Darndest Things Part II

June 7, 2009 2 comments

Oh Hai!

Every time I give a test someone writes something hilarious.  It never fails.  The last test of the year in my American Social Studies class was about the differences between the North and the South prior to the Civil War.  I gave what I thought was a gimme question, but it didn’t turn out to be so.

T/F: The invention of the locomotive made river travel much easier.

Of course the correct answer is false, the steamboat made river travel much easier.  Unfortunately, a good 40% of the students answered true.  I can think of a few reasons for why that might be:

A. They did not actually read the question because reading the question would make the test to easy.

B. I am a horrible teacher because they did not learn that locomotives run on tracks not water.

C. They did not know what a locomotive is.  I clearly should have used the word train.

D.  They were answering true to all of the true/false questions because anything else required too much effort.

Only one student pointed out the absurdity of the question when he wrote:

LOL – Locomotives can’t run on water silly.

See they do run on tracks silly!

See they do run on tracks silly!

I also learned from a student that slaves often melted in the heat.  Huh, It must have been pretty hot in the South back then.


Coming Soon – More absurdities from the end of the year tests.

Thank You For Your Consideration,

The Graham Ten

A Funny Thing Happened in 1800

May 6, 2009 1 comment

Oh Hai!

I just thought I would share one of the funny teaching moments.  While reviewing for a test on Thomas Jefferson’s presidency I asked the students which U.S. governmental body broke the tie between Aaron Bur and Thomas Jefferson in the election of 1800 (the House of Representatives).  After giving it some thought, one young lady answered Spain.  The class enjoyed her answer very much.

Thank You For Your Consideration,

Graham 10

If Being a Teacher was a LOL Cat!

April 17, 2009 Leave a comment

After explaining an assignment verbally and in writing several times and asking if anyone has questions, someone inevitably says “What are we doing?” Well, this is exactly what it feels like.

Ai splained it elebinty times.

Ai splained it elebinty times.

And then I go an bang my head into the white board.

The Graham 10

Calling All Teachers!!! How Do You Teach Respect?

April 16, 2009 Leave a comment

Help! I need some input. I find myself increasingly despondent at the lack of respect shown to me by my students. Today one of them spit in my coffee because there were consequences for being tardy to class. They also lack respect towards themselves and their peers. I admit that my weakness as a teacher is classroom management and that does not help the situation. Do any of you amazing teachers out there have ideas about how to teach respect? I think it would go a long way to improve my teaching and the lives of these kids. I would really like to start out the next year on a high note, and any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You,
The Graham Ten

Teaching My Love Hate Relationship

April 14, 2009 Leave a comment

When it works, I love it. When it doesn’t, like today, I just detest teaching. It is Monday, our schedule was changed, and the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (the dreaded WASL) starts tomorrow. All in all the students were nuts, and I was frustrated. To top it off one of the kids stole the lock from the lap top cart. Arrgh! That’s when a warm bath, some artism, and TBTL really helps. Maybe tomorrow will be better. I can always hope.

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Yet Another Timeline

April 13, 2009 Leave a comment

You might think I am obsessed with timelines along with TBTL Et. Al.   The thing is that my students enjoy using computers, and I am always looking for ways to incorporate them in teaching.  Since I was already doing a timeline in Drama, I figured why reinvent the wheel for my American Social Studies classes.  The topic we are studying, Jefferson and the Lewis and Clark Expedition, really lends itself to a map and timeline project.  This template I created myself.  It involves students adding events and dates along the map.  They must also include a picture and a short, imaginative diary entry.  If the template lends itself to a lesson you are teaching, feel free to use it.