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#10982

Teaching 4th grade, I had a student break his own leg in a fight

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#10981

I have a small tattoo on my right foot. My district requires me to cover it each day, so I was wearing sandals one day in August and had a bandaid covering it. Sweet boy in my class says, “what happened to your foot?” So I told him that as a teacher we have to cover any tattoos, and his response, I will never forget… with a look of disappointment he said “oh, I thought maybe you got shot in the war.” Sweet firsties

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#10974

I stayed up one Sunday until 3:30 am and had to be at work at 6:30am

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#10967

I love working with kids, I love impacting their lives, and I love being a leader in a school environment, but honestly, things just seem to be getting worse and worse and worse as each year passes along. I am currently working summer school with very needy SPED kids who are on the ID and low functioning Autism spectrum and man is it not a joke. Though I prefer to work with GenEd and LD/ED SPED kids, working with lower functioning SPED kids has taught me what it means to be versatile and strategic in leadership . I do plan to be in educational leadership one day, but I don’t think I’ll ever be a principal or school based administrator for that matter.

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#10965

I have a very wealthy boy in my classroom. One day he was struggling to stay awake. After a loud yawn, he looked at me and said, “I am so tired. I feel like I just ran a 401k!”

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#10960

Overheard in my classroom when checking homework. “I can’t believe my mom got that one wrong!”

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#10958

I took my Special Ed students to the local mall for a Community Training Field Trip.

As we were walking by one of the fountains, one of my students asked why there were coins in the fountain. I said people like to throw coins into the foutain and close their eyes and make a wish for something they want.

She asked if she could have some coins. I gave her a couple of coins , she stood by the foutain, closed her eyes, threw the coins in the fountain and sincerely said ” I wish my teacher was prettier”. She opened her eyes and looked at me and I had to tell her not all wishes come true.

I was flattered by her request since she could have asked for a bike.

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#10952

The Ultimate Embarrassment: I was administering an 8th grade state standardized test with about 25 students present. The testing environment had to kept absolutely quiet. The way administration had built up the expectations of the testing environment the students probably feared the consequences for disrupting this test would be death, or worse. I warned my kids any disruption would be reported. One student I knew well, we’ll just call Ed, was in attendance and so was the girl he confided to me that he had a huge crush on. She was sitting beside and behind Ed about 2 seats. Everyone had just finished lunch and poor Ed must have eaten something that must have aroused a furious windstorm inside him. I can only imagine the agony he was in. Suddenly, without warning, the crypt silence was broken by a high-pitched sound that resembled a distressed cat meowing- clearly a failed silent release. The entire class exploded with laughter, including Ed’s crush. Ed looked at me with a horror on his face that anticipated immediate wrath. When he saw I was laughing too, the look of fear changed to relief. We continued the test, and I found no reason to report anything. But poor Ed, will probably carry the scars of that left cheek sneak for years.

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#10946

I am excited to go back to a mainstream school for a lot of reasons:

1. The principal at my new school doesn’t seem suck.
2. The SPED chair seems to know what she’s doing (unlike my last one).
3. The staff appear to WANT TO BE THERE instead of being there for a paycheck.
4. It’s mainstream, so kids will go and have the motivation to go and not drop out like kids in alternative school.
5. There is 150,000 BILLION % OF ACCOUNTABILITY so staff can’t half ass on things.

Seriously I can’t wait.

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#10933

Maria was a weak student, low self-esteem, with a history of academic failure. She entered my 5th grade classroom resigned to another year of failure. After two months of struggling, I called her to my desk. I made her promise to keep our conversation a secret. I told her I looked in her “permanent file” and saw she had been classified as a “second day learner”. I explained that meant it would always take her an extra day to learn new things, but, of course, teachers had already moved on. So, I told her to do three things: do the assigned homework, no matter how confused she might be, bring in all her work, including all the errors, and finally, work with me the following day. And, because she now knew she was a “second day learner” her confidence and self-esteem vastly improved. We did this daily for the entire school year. As promised, she kept our “secret”. The following year, in Middle School, she made the Honor Roll, and sent me a photo of the ceremony!

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