Tuesday, February 18, 2014

15 Things New Teachers Understand

Thanks to http://www.giphy.com/ for the gifs for this post!

15. The fury associated with the age-old question about your age...

Parent: "It's nice to meet you, too. Are you old enough to be a teacher?"
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14. The better-go-hide feeling of getting observed for the first time...
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13. The excited, nervous feeling that comes once you've finally mustered up the courage to ask for something...
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"There's this new research-based decoding curriculum on the market, and..."

12. Finding out there's a cute teacher in the school...
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11. Your really awkward first phone call to a parent, where you can't quite form a sentence...
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This feeling also applies to your first IEP meeting or parent conference.

10. The relief and elation of making a teacher friend...
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9. The terror of finding out the students have a crush on you...
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(Don't read the notes you intercept...)

8. The excitement that comes with access to new bulletin board supplies, laminators, the Ellison machine, door displays...
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7. The joys of staying up late and waking up early to write IEPs, lesson plans, grading, etc...
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6. The feeling you get when you have a really great new idea, and another teacher doesn't like it...
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Wahh. Okay.

5. The awesome knowledge that your students think you're young and cool...
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4. The incredible feeling you get when you've finally mastered the art of classroom management...
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Haven't gotten that yet? Follow my blog for ideas!

3. The startling realization that you simply can't eat some of the food that students bring for you...
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2. The sheer pleasure of finding food in the faculty room...
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Or sneaking it out of your classroom snack cabinet... (Shhhh...)
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1. The spark of your passion for teaching, which keeps you going each day. With your ability to accept challenges, you can answer most questions with,
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And eventually, you'll be able to look back and feel content about the whole journey.

Have anything to add to this list? Please share in the comments below!

A Peach for the Teach

Monday, February 17, 2014

Social Skills Rock Star Hall of Fame: Social Skills Report Card Insert, Standards, & Motivator

Wrapping up our most recent marking period, I really wished that I had a social skills report card insert. I teach social skills daily, but it's not something that's easy to grade. I wanted to have some sort of records for assessment, to give myself an idea of how well my students were applying the social skills we had learned across contexts.

I came up with an idea for a report card insert that is aligned with the PDE SAS interpersonal skills standards. I also made a checklist and a rock star hall of fame motivator out of it.

Check out the details here:

How do you assess and report social skill progress? Please share in the comments below!

A Peach for the Teach