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    I've noticed that the lower level, behaviorally challenged classes in my school are given to the newer, non-tenured teachers. Why? If a teacher is good and experienced, should it matter if they teach lower or upper level? Or is education one of those "baptism by fire" professions? As a new teacher, I find it very discouraging.
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    Hal Portner On 10/29/08, Alicia wrote: > I've noticed that the lower level, behaviorally challenged > classes in my school are given to the newer, non-tenured > teachers. Why? If a teacher is good and experienced, > should it matter if they teach lower or upper level? Or is education one of those "baptism by fire" professions? As a new teacher, I f...See More
    Oct 30, 2008
    suzy It is disconcerting to read the posts. The children should come first...their needs, requirements. A brand new teacher should have a mentor and team assistance. Difficult children are best served by qualified caring teachers. This can be a new teacher (perhaps just one of two of these kiddos) or an experienced one. New teachers should not be given ...See More
    Nov 1, 2008
    For those of you very experienced teachers, I am in need of some honest, but not "flaming" advice. This is my 6th year of teaching. Before I became a teacher, I worked in accounting for 6 years and then stayed home for two. I teach third grade in the Houston area in a low-income school with a very challenging population. Not the worst in Houston, b...See More
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    To Anonymous It's been an awful year at your new school, or at the school that you're planning on leaving? I am curious - I am planning on leaving my school this year. It's not awful, but it is awfully hard to work together with very little willingness to find common ground, and zero opportunities to change grades. It is encouraging to hear from people who have...See More
    Dec 14, 2008
    HS Teacher Just like a teacher is one of the most important things that effect our students' learning, I believe that administration is of the most important things that effects teacher job satisfaction.

    We got a new principal last year and I was moved to work under a new assistant principal this year, and for the first time in 5 years of teaching a...See More
    Dec 23, 2008
    Hello. My name is Robert and I am making this post to get some data for a Classroom Management assignment I am currently working on. If you would like to help me out, please respond to the following question and tell me your name and current position. Thanks in advance for your help!

    Question: "What does exemplary teaching mean to you?"
    Leah "What does exemplary teaching mean to you?"

    The following short list might be helpful:
    Nov 10, 2008
    Robert Thanks Leah...that was very helpful!

    On 11/10/08, Leah wrote: >> "What does exemplary teaching mean to you?" > > The following short list might be helpful: >
    Nov 15, 2008
    I'm taking the MRT TeXes test on Saturday. Anyone taken it lately? Any tips or suggestions?
    Hello,

    I along with my teammates are very frustrated over our counselors lack of involvement with our kids and staff. This is our fourth year and every year it's the same thing. Counselors that only come by when they are radioed for an extreme case of anger/behavior and otherwise are non-existent in the classroom. When you go by their off...See More
    Diana Wow, the situation that you describe is deplorable!

    Things at our school are VERY different. The counselor does a 50 minute classroom guidance lesson with each class every other week. She addresses health/safety/emotional issues that can apply to all students. (for example, test anxiety, stranger danger, setting personal goals)

    Sh...See More
    Nov 8, 2008
    Leah Diana, I'm so pleased you responded. Your school counselor sounds great!

    TO first poster: It should not be that way. Your team and other teachers need to complain. Your students need an involved school counselor who does classroom guidance, small groups, individual counseling, etc.
    Nov 8, 2008
    Did any of you have to take maternity leave at the beginning of the school year? Was it challenging. I know that I shouldn't, but I am afraid that I will inconvenience everyone if I do. Please let me know about your experiences. Thanks!
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    Mary I took a six week maternity leave when I had a baby on August 9th. The teacher who covered for me had been a student teacher in my room the semester before so it seemed easier than my other two maternity leaves which were at the end of the year. We set the room up together and made up lesson plans for the first week. She was responsible for the res...See More
    Dec 4, 2008
    suzy Oh my...do not worry about that. Your life and a baby come first. Everyone adapts at work. I know my experience has been that teaching is a way of life rather than a job...however..it really is a job and the life you want takes precedence? precidence?. (did I spell that correctly?) don't worry about it. just live your life and it all works out. hav...See More
    Dec 4, 2008
    I need your expertise. I am launching an effort to collect and organize effective vocabulary strategies that student and beginning teachers can use in their classrooms.

    How do you teach vocabulary? What strategies do you use? Do you have fun vocab games? Do you have a great way to teach word parts? Please reply to this post, email me at [e...See More
    Hey guys, I have a demo lesson scheduled for friday, it is for a teaching position in a third/fourth grade self- contained classroom and the principal wants a literacy lesson. Any suggestions? Thanks, Nicole

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