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To: US Navy Vet
As a teacher, some of these struck home for me.

2. I’m not a marriage counselor. At parent-teacher conferences, let’s stick to Dakota’s progress, not how your husband won’t help you around the house.

In addition, no I can't tell you have to get little Johnny up, nor am I able to call him at 6:30 in the morning to remind you and him to get up.

3. We’re sick of standardized testing and having to “teach to the test.”

You better believe it.

5. When I hear a loud belch, I remember that a student’s manners are a reflection of his parents'

This was illlustrated at my back to school night when the parent of a student walked in my door and let loose a 5 second belch. His wife giggled, the son high-fived him, and go figure, the son repeated the same act the next day during school.

8. Guys who dribble a ball for a couple of hours a game can make up to $20 million a year. We educate future leaders and make about $51,000 a year.

I've been teaching for almost 15 years and 51k is still well off in my future.

10. Kids dish on your secrets all the time—money, religion, politics, even Dad’s vasectomy.

In the middle of class yesterday a student raised her hand and said out of the middle of no where "If I'm late tomorrow, I have to be at court to tell the judge which parent I want to live with."

11. Please, no more mugs, frames, or stuffed animals. A gift card to Starbucks or Staples would be more than enough. A thank-you note: even better.

The thank you notes I have recieved are worth more than any amount of money I've ever been given.

12. We love snow days and three-day weekends as much as your kid does.

Some truth to that, but I get antsy if we have too many snow days in a row.

13. The students we remember are happy, respectful, and good-hearted, not necessarily the ones with the highest grades.

So true!

I'm not sure which ones are BS in your opinion, but there is truth to all of them.

21 posted on 09/08/2010 9:53:48 AM PDT by SoftballMominVA
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To: SoftballMominVA
3. We’re sick of standardized testing and having to “teach to the test.”

You better believe it.

I have long wondered why teachers complain about this aspect of their jobs. I mean, if a kid is being tested on grammar, doesn't teaching to the test mean a child will be taught subject verb agreement, correct usage of pronouns, etc.?

I'm not trying to be snarky. I'd like a real explanation for why teaching to the test bothers teachers so much. I hear the complaint all the time.

40 posted on 09/08/2010 10:00:43 AM PDT by old and tired
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To: SoftballMominVA; ChocChipCookie

What’s on the standardized tests that you’re not teaching the information that’s going to be covered on them all year? Why do you have to specifically concentrate on covering that information the month before the test?


43 posted on 09/08/2010 10:01:35 AM PDT by RonF
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To: SoftballMominVA

Seems that teachers get trashed too much on here....granted there are poor teachers, but most are genuinely good and doing their best.

State mandated tests are big government on steroids....and it is odd that so many who claim to be “conservative” agree with Ted Kennedy (who pushed “No Child Left Behind” with Bush II). Real conservatives do not get anywhere near something supported by Ted Kennedy. Our schools would be better if we got rid of standardized testing.

And, I always notice that, when politicians cut school budgets....they always cut teachers and things for students....but never the bloated overpaid adminstrators....both GOP and DNC keep those overpaid administrative positions because many end up with jobs in our schools after they leave office.


90 posted on 09/08/2010 11:12:20 AM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (Obama runs things like a Communist Chinese traffic jam)
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To: SoftballMominVA
"The thank you notes I have recieved are worth more than any amount of money I've ever been given."

Our Daughter is a budding artist and writer. She attended our local Catholic school up through 8th grade (they don't have a Catholic High School Near us.)

Each year she drew or painted a picture for each teacher and wrote a long letter expressing all the things she liked about the teacher and what she learned in class. (She is an excellent student ranked in the top 5 every year.)

As she got older of course the art got better as well as the writing. Each year every one of her teachers would write a long letter back thanking her for her gifts and thanking her for helping out in class (she would help a couple of students in her classes that had learning disabilities)

Last year she entered public school and at the end of the year did the same thing. Her art work is very good now. (she has taken blue ribbons in several local art shows) out of the seven teacher she gave gifts to last year only one wrote her a letter back (He is the pariah of the school, a conservative who pays his union dues under protest (its the rules here he can't get out of it).

My good friend works as Janitor at the school and found two of her pictures in the trash. There are not scribbles but intricate portraits worked in acrylics on canvas one of which won 1st place in a local art show. He brought them to me and I told him I would need to hide them because it would break her heart to know two of her teacher just threw the pictures away. He asked if he could keep them and now they are proudly displayed in his music room in nice frames.

122 posted on 09/08/2010 12:44:05 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the next one...)
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