When parents don’t care

What oh what is a teacher to do when parents don’t care?

I do have some wonderful parents that keep close track of their students grades and contact me when they see missing assignments to be sure we are on the same page thankfully. Then there are the parents that talk a good game when they come for conferences or when I contact them but no change happens in their students. I do understand that sometimes they’re doing all they can and it’s their student that is just refusing to change.

Then there are the parents who don’t care, they only send their kids to school because it’s required. They back the kids on everything always against the school. If the child fails a class they either blame the teacher or tell the kid “I know you tried your best.”

How do I reach those students? How do I get them to care about their own education when their own parents don’t?

I can tell you what I try though it doesn’t always work. I point out when students do well on a particular assignment or project asking how they feel about it are they proud of themselves. I try to connect what we do to real life. I make every effort to keep the work from interfering with their multitude of responsibilities outside of work. I try to provide them with reading or writing assignments that appeal to their interests or to the world around them. I just keep trying. I try to show the student how much I care. It is wearing. It does leave me exhausted come some, ok most Fridays but every weekend I try to recharge. I take time to think about students I’m struggling most to reach and figure out how I can do that. How can I get them to care whether their parents do or not.

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My Classroom Library

It grows frequently, I add books as often as I can. My classroom was once upon a time an art room so I have LOTS of cabinets but not so many bookshelves, that’s ok the cabinets work. I just keep the doors open, someday maybe I’ll get approval to take the doors off, in the meantime I’ll just keep them open, it works. Funny thing is a temp custodian closed all of the cabinets the other day, my students commented the next morning that my room looked empty, that was when I realized the cabinet doors were all shut.

Most of the books in my library came from my last classroom library thought much pared down. I weeded out books I kept for my own sentimental sake, I also weeded out the third, fourth, and fifth copies I had of books. Over time my library dropped from around 1000 books to around 250. That’s ok though I’m building back up. First my fellow English teacher and I went through a list we were given and ordered several novels to add to our classroom libraries, I also spent a lot of time driving to all the local thrift stores picking up books for anywhere from 25 cents to a dollar. Then came the dollar store trips, and a trip to the book fair at my kiddo’s school where I scouted out and purchased several of the sale books. If I keep adding I might just have to figure out something else to do with the books as I’m running out of room.

Here are some pics, you can see I use the cabinets, counters, and the one bookshelf I have:

Busy year

Wow I can’t believe I haven’t posted all year. Well actually I can it’s been a very busy year. I have more classes this year than ever before. I’m trying to implement some new things in those classes so time to do anything else has fallen by the wayside. However I’m going to do my best to post at least weekly. I know I want to share how Hour of Code went in my building this year, that might be two posts all by itself. Then there’s the new robots I’m using with the kids, that will be good for a few posts. Overall as busy as it’s been so far it’s been a good year I just need to set aside time to update.

been MIA

I haven’t posted here in a few months, end of the school year hit and I had to pack up all of my stuff as my class is moving down the hall to another room.  The first two weeks of summer we were getting ready for our first family out of state vacation, then it was a week of vacation.  This past week kiddo and I have been spending lots of time with my mom, aunt, and my niece who is visiting for a while.

Along with that I’ve been working on narrowing down specific grade level essential learning objectives for my class, planning a new classroom theme, starting on more complete lesson plans, and doing  a book study on Teach Like a Pirate online with several of my fellow teachers from my building.  I’m LOVING this book study, this is one of those books that has me totally re-energized and excited.  I have a list of ways to make my lessons more engaging and can’t wait to start planning those lessons.  I’m going to be sharing my thoughts from my book study on here as well as in our private discussion.

I have also been applying for classroom teaching positions bc as much as I love my job, my kids, and my school, my bank account doesn’t and neither does my retirement account.  I’ve talked with hubby and if we could afford it I’d stay in my current position no matter the pay but as I’m making 1/4 of what I would in a contracted position it’s really just best for us if I can get a contract.  However bc I do LOVE my job, my kids, and my school I have become much more selective in the jobs I apply for.  If I don’t get a contract I’ll stay where I am and we’ll cut corners if we have too, bc honestly I’d rather be happy to go to work every day and get peanuts than get paid a lot and not love my job.

April Fool’s Day at school

Oh boy, I’m not looking forward to all of the silly jokes my kids are going to try and pull on me today but such is the life of a teacher and by the end of the day I may even have one or two good stories to tell.  Well I already have a few but they’re not mine, they’re my uncle’s.  My uncle taught school for well forever LOL ok not quite but I’m pretty sure he passed 30 years and a lot of those years were at the junior high level.  He pulled some pretty fabulous pranks on students through the years on April 1st.  Sending a student to the library to get books one of which was Gullible’s Travels, sending a student to the PE teacher to get a “girl’s left handed baton” (I think that’s what it was) and of course no such thing exists but hey.

It’s funny because I had always heard you had to be crazy to teach middle school/junior high and my uncle just confirmed that for me.  Naturally when I earned my degree and began to teach I wanted nothing to do with that age level so of course that’s exactly where I ended up, I spent 9 years teaching middle school and loved almost every minute of it.  It was a blast, the kids were so much fun at that age.  I’m back in elementary now and as I look for classroom positions to apply for next year it’s hard to decide if I’d rather end up in elementary or middle school. I love them both for different reasons.  Hmm it seems I’ve gotten way off track, not a surprise for me really but here I go off to school to see just what jokes and tricks get pulled on me and to see if I can maybe pull a few myself. 😉  Happy April Fool’s Day!

1 year of blogging

Wow!  It was a year ago today that I published my first blog post on here.  I’ve been slacking the past few weeks since Winter Break started, but I’m determined to get going again.  I have never managed to maintain a blog so long before.  I guess it just takes something you’re passionate about.

Thanks to everyone who is following me, to all who have commented and shared posts Major gratitude 🙂

In the past year I have published and/or shared 333 posts and have gained 114 followers.

 

My 2014 year report showed the following:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,900 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 48 trips to carry that many people.

There were 419 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 148 MB. That’s about a picture per day.

The busiest day of the year was July 31st with120 views. The most popular post that day was Cakeway to the West Day 5.

 

I had a personal best posting streak of 74 days, and had visitors from 52 countries, what an age we live in!

Here’s to a second year of posting, hoping I can keep up half as well as I did last year!