Back in the Title 1 Classroom

Reply Fri 27 Mar, 2020 06:47 am
C'mon, that's hilarious! Love her!
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Reply Sat 11 Apr, 2020 11:36 am
OK, I'm worried. Going to talk about my weaknesses.

1. I foresee school becoming much more online.
2. I am a dinosaur.

I don't think school will be normal again. I don't think LIFE will be normal again. I don't think I'll ever shake hands again. I think I will always be much more cognizant of opportunities to trade germs.

And, mixed in with all of that, I think alterations in how we do school (among other things) will change.

I spent HOURS trying to teach myself how to add my audio to my Google Slides (for the lessons I'm betting will take place through May, though we haven't gotten the word.) I can't do it.

I emailed the tech guy for the district...

I'm super confident in my content---but I am certain my delivery is going to change pretty drastically very soon. I can't be so dry with boring Google Slides and such. Those kids need something engaging... Zipping and flashing and invigorating.

Anyway. Thoughts from a Title 1 teacher in the era of Covid19.

Reply Sat 11 Apr, 2020 12:51 pm
Instead of worry about how school might end up fully online, start planning a lucrative career and business as a Professional Tutor (along with dozens, maybe thousands of employees).

I myself was none too happy when chalkboards started being replaced with whiteboard and those noxious fumed markers! (Plus that stuff doesn't usually wash out of clothing, whereas chalk does)

As to "normal" when teaching, it's whatever method is currently being used and varies from state to state and country to country. Some based upon a specific region and time of year (farm country as an example). My grandmother went through grade 12 in a one room schoolhouse.

Great news! If you are indeed a dinosaur, you can create online lessons, videos and such descriptioning your day to day life!

SO, calm down and have a pot of coffee along with some home baked bread.
Reply Sat 11 Apr, 2020 12:58 pm
You're exceptionally kind. I have been leaning toward what you describe.

I'm just too stubborn to give up.

But, point taken! and sad that I can only thumb up once.
Reply Sat 11 Apr, 2020 01:06 pm
You'll get through it, it's just the way that this life change happened so quickly and the fact that everyone has to somehow adapt.
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Reply Fri 29 May, 2020 05:33 pm
Anyone who knows law, I’m seeking legal input on a lesson plan to be named “I Am An Abolitionist,” that will fortify my black and brown (and white) students with their legal rights during a detainment or arrest by law enforcement; their rights when they encounter or video a detainment or arrest of a friend or stranger who they want to protect.

This works together with our Social Justice unit.

Any real help will be greatly valued and credited by name with my students.
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Reply Fri 5 Jun, 2020 08:58 pm
Interesting and sad cause and effect of current racial climate: all my little teacher Facebook groups ( they are legion, categorized by grade-level or discipline, technology, special issues) and the basic argument between the Black Lives Matter contingent and the All Lives Matter people is breaking up most of the groups.

I’m really concerned about divisions when we get back to school. That job is hard enough already.

But, good things are happening too. I joined a new group designed to check our biases and do an anti-racist book study, so that’s pretty cool.

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Reply Thu 25 Jun, 2020 05:02 pm
Anti-racist book review: “Culturally Responsive Teaching & The Brain...”

The first 20 or so pages are probably old news for most teachers—trying to snag black and brown students with cultural references, but the author promises a deeper racial connection beyond just using black and brown authors and situations.

I have hit upon a few strong reminders of the realities of so many students. Based on Zaretta Hammond’s text, I have already re-tooled my first week of orientation, so points made.

More as I read.

Also, most American teachers (me among them) are retooling lesson plans in anticipation of online classes in August. In my state, we haven’t been told if we return online or in class. We just know that **** is thrust upon us at the last minute and most of us are sick of that.

We supposedly find out in two weeks. The district promises to inform us 20 days before school starts.

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