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EdChat News Saturday, March 17 Students, Grades, New teacher & more…

EdChat News TLDR / Table of Contents

  • How to Ungrade
    • Without much critical examination, teachers accept they have to grade, students accept being graded, and none of us spend enough time thinking about the why, when, and whether of grades.
    • students, grades, grading, work, student
  • The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Teaching Job Mid-Year
    • Starting mid-year means you won’t much time to prepare your classroom, set up procedures, and plan good lessons. Here are some tips to help you stay sane.
    • new teacher, students, things, New Teacher Checklist, time
  • Why Teaching High School is the Best Job Ever
    • Sorry, elementary and middle school teachers. Teaching teens takes the cake. Here’s our list of reasons why teaching high school is the best job ever.
    • high school, latest trends, high school teacher, best job, high school level
  • The work of grading is framed less in terms of giving feedback or encouraging learning and more as a way of ranking students against one another.
  • The need to navigate institutional (and disciplinary) pressures is real, but I would argue teachers grade in many more situations than grading is useful and/or actually required by institutions.
  • It’s also important that teachers (and institutions) open these pedagogical conversations to students.
  • At the end of the term, every institution where I’ve worked has required me to issue a final grade for students.
  • As I’ve said, there is no single approach that will work for every teacher, with every student, or at every institution.

Tags: students, grades, grading, work, student

  • You wont have the time other teachers normally get to prepare their classrooms, set up procedures, and plan good lessons.
  • The fact that youre here means administrators dont have to spend more time interviewing, other teachers dont have to cover your class, and students dont have to suffer the unpredictability of a long series of subs.
  • Unless youre a complete train wreck or the school is staffed with exceptionally unreasonable people, your administrators and colleagues will be happy with you as long as you do two things: (1) maintain reasonable order in your classroom, and (2) cover the basic curriculum.
  • These ideas can range from small decorative things you notice in other teachers classrooms to instructional strategies you want to try.
  • You have a LOT to learn in a short period of time about your school and what your studentshave accomplished already this year.

Tags: new teacher, students, things, New Teacher Checklist, time

  • Here are some of the reasons why teaching high school is the best job ever.
  • If theres a new style or trend you need to know about, you can guarantee your students are on top of it.
  • The Tide pod challenge, vaping, the horrors of Musical.ly, mom jeans… just like the good trends, the less desirable trends will also hit teenagers first.
  • Ive had friends ask me to explain something their teenager was into, knowing that I might have some knowledge because Im a high school teacher, and Im usually able to help them out.
  • Your student works at the local ice cream shop?

Tags: high school, latest trends, high school teacher, best job, high school level