SparkPeople High School Teachers Surviving and Thriving Team Messageboard We fight iPods & cell phones for teens’ attention. We tussle with lessons & grade sheets, missed work and tardies. We do yoga at lunchtime, waiting for the microwave. We are High School Teachers! SparkPeople High School Teachers Surviving and Thriving Team Messageboard Finding time to exercise I read this somewhere and put it in my Journal 1/22/16: "Is it even possible to be too busy to exercise? Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, has started more than 400 companies. He has also published multiple books, is an active philanthropist, and has many personal hobbies. When asked how he does it all, he always lists exercise as his number-one productivity secret. Research suggests that he may be right. Studies show that exercise increases creativity, helps you sleep better, and gi... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:07:09 EST Five ways to restore humanity to the classroom See <link><BR>m/five_ways_to_restore_humanity_to_the<BR>_classroom </link> Fri, 22 Jan 2016 23:26:08 EST What book should students get with their diplomas? Some people like to say there's a book out there all students should read when they leave school (or just before) to prepare them for the real world. I'll recommend this one: I read a doozy this week that rocked my world and got me digging my fingers into that ledge to pull myself up out of this underemployed slump I'm in. <BR> <BR> The book is "Get the Job You Want Even When No One's Hiring" by Ford R. Meyers. <BR> <BR> It came out in 2009, after I got my bachelor's degree (dang it), and I... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 21:03:48 EST Any AP teachers here? tips for a candidate... Hey howdy <BR> <BR> went on my job interview and found out that one of the positions needing filling is the u.s. history AND AP US history position, (psych/socio is the other one). I have to admit found myself remembering all the writing I did in college and I was so similar to what these students would have to do. well, I almost found myself drooling at the idea of teaching the kiddos college-level work and writing. <BR> <BR> the trick is, i'm not sure where to start on teaching the kids ... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 16:29:48 EST Job interview tomorrow after year's started--HELP! I was surprised to find a lot of teaching positions still available in the Houston area a couple weeks ago and ended up putting my name in the hat for a high school campus (they had 5 in my subject area--I'd never seen that before and would be a friggin' idiot NOT to try for it, despite my current full time a non-related field). <BR> <BR> So i got the call at 9:15 this morning and they want to see me at 9:45 tomorrow. I couldn't believe how soon it is going to be and i found myself ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 13:04:16 EST Trying to get back on track! O.o Five years ago I was running 5k's and biking easily 70+ miles a week, and walking in between. That ended with a tough bought of pneumonia, then getting RIFed from my school district, and changing schools and districts 3 times, and obtaining my masters through it all. This fall will be the first time in 4 years that I don't have to relocate and recreate the wheel. <BR> <BR> During that time I've ballooned gaining 30 pounds. <em>46</em> I'm so down about it, but can't get myself back i... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 10:56:30 EST Science teacher Hello. <BR> I'm new to SparkPeople. I'll be turning 27 and I just got married to my highschool sweetheart in May, we've been together for 11 years. Now we are preparing out lives to start trying for a baby. We moved to another side of the country because of his job. So at the moment I'm kind of lacking a support and friends around me who understand me. <BR> I graduated two years ago, spent one year as a TA. And last year I started teaching physics and biology in a private high school where ... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 12:53:28 EST Summer Plans? Summer for us starts May 28. When does everyone else's summer vacation start and what are your plans? <BR> My plans are to get my house clean (finally) and to work on getting next year's classes all planned out. I usually have 5-6 preps. I may take some online courses and I am going away in June for a week to take a chemistry/physics class Sun, 18 May 2014 17:40:13 EST New Member Hello - I just signed up today and am looking for other high school teachers that are wanting to make better food choices. For the most part I am fairly healthy, but I struggle a LOT with exercise. After running around my classroom all day, I have no energy left. I'm looking forward to connecting with others! Sat, 8 Mar 2014 19:55:53 EST Song Game It is simple, you take the last letter from the previous song and list a new song. <BR> <BR> We will start off with <BR> <BR> Truly, Madly, Deeply by Savage Garden Wed, 8 Jan 2014 23:30:36 EST Ciao from Italy Hi Everyone! I'm a HS English teacher for DoDEA and my husband and I live in Italy. Classes start back for us on August 26th. Our HS is relatively small with only 290 students enrolled at the moment. However, that number is about to grow with more military families moving to the area. I teach two AP classes and also 10th & 11th grade Language Arts and one class of Sociology. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 20:33:15 EST officially summer a few days ago--how's it going? Hey howdy. <BR> <BR> I'm wondering how everybody's summers are going so far (especially since technically it only started a few days ago, but that's semantics far as I'm concerned). I have to say i'm a bit disappointed with mine myself. I mean, I had plans and then i'd lose my motivation or change things up too much last second. Ugh. Some of it was beyond my control, but most of it was and I have to fess up to that. I'll be starting fresh starting tomorrow, though. Its like June was my... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 22:28:51 EST I'm back--certified 8-12 social studies w/o job... Hey howdy, <BR> <BR> Hey howdy there <BR> <BR> Its Talia again, and though dad still has health issues of a sort, things've calmed down enough that I'm pounding my fist against my gut and declaring war on it again...and other parts, of course. Well, I changed my plan to include lots of the outdoors this summer and at other times (still looking for a full-time job, but in between working, ship restoration, job searches, and working on my Master's thesis proposal, I need some major outdoorsy ... Mon, 27 May 2013 12:32:46 EST Summer's what? Yes, I "clicked here" to be team leader. I'm now looking to you for what you would .Ike to see here. <BR> <BR> For now, I have a question to pose. With graduation happening in the next couple of weeks for most of us, what are your plans for the summer? Fishing? Time with grandchildren? That reading you've been putting on the back burner? A little boost in the fitness minutes? Professional Development to prepare for the next round? As for me, it's a little of "all of the above", along with ... Mon, 27 May 2013 09:20:37 EST Art teacher from Georgia Hi. Well, it looks like this team doesn't post often...but I will give it a try. We ARE busy...and it will get busier as graduation day looms. <BR> I teach high school art in southwest Georgia. I am a second career teacher. I was a graphic artist but always wanted to teach. I went back to school and became an art teacher in 1999, at the age of 46. I just turned 60. I love what I do and anticipate teaching until I am 66. We will see. Then, I will evaluate what I want to do. <BR> I am finally ... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 06:45:04 EST The Holocaust in the classroom- approaches and q's hey howdy there <BR> <BR> I'm doing some more research on this as soon as I can, but there're some things i wonder about teaching the holocaust in the classroom. <BR> <BR> First, i'll admit I just read deborah lipstadt's book "Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory." Its gotten me thinking about teachable moments, but i'm still letting those simmer on the backburner. <BR> <BR> I'm curious if any of you get to approach the Holocaust in your teaching and how you do i... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 12:40:31 EST Also a new member I'm an unemployed high school teacher. I have two classes left to get my Masters as a Reading Specialist. I have 35 pounds to lose; I just want to get dressed in the morning without grossing myself out and feeling uncomfortable all day in my clothes. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 13:12:51 EST New member "Hi, I am new to Sparkpeople. I am a high school chemistry teacher and I want to lose 15 20 pounds." Thu, 27 Dec 2012 20:14:18 EST sorry i've been out so issues. Hey howdy <BR> <BR> hope everybody's holiday season's going along swimmingly so far. i haven't worked a day or seen my baby girl (Texas) or my crazy friends the past several weeks. My dad had to go to the hospital for cancer treatment but was so out of sorts and not eating that he had to get a trach tube and feeding tube put in Thanksgiving week, which delayed treatment two weeks. he's got 2 more weeks of treatment to go and (hopefully) that's the end of it, then he can gradually get back... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 13:50:35 EST Hello from MO Hi I`m Margaret and I teach all subjects to HS students. I share a classroom with another teacher and our students have attendanceand or behavior problems. This is not SPED or Alternative learning, but sometimes it feels like it! Our classroom is called The Learning Center and believe me I probably learn as much as the students! and most of it not good! I`m really glad I found this team. Sounds like fun and support! <BR> TGIF, <BR> Margaret Fri, 7 Dec 2012 13:19:55 EST How do you balance it all? Hi all! <BR> <BR> I'm relatively new here, and had a strong start a couple of weeks ago (on SparkPeople). I dropped 2 pounds in my first week, but then the busyness of life and stress crept back in...and BOOM! Put it back on, along with another couple. <BR> <BR> So, what are some secrets to balancing this thing that most of us do: life + kids (I have 2 under the age of 8 at home) + teaching + spouse + + + <BR> <BR> ANY tips are appreciated, from how to make breakfast work better in the mor... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 12:29:21 EST What happened to Halloween? Its kinda weird, and i just can't quite describe it, but over the past several years (at least the past 5 certainly), Halloween has gone by the wayside. By that, I mean calling it what it is: Halloween. <BR> <BR> I'm actually working on a Halloween event at my college campus for the community, but like everything else, it seems to be a "Fall Festival" in order to advertise it. I swear, except on the calendar, Halloween seems to have become a dirty word. <BR> <BR> I can't quite figure out... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 11:32:50 EST Tired, get up, need cheap breakfast in a jiffy... I hit the snooze at least twice in the morning when i've gotta go to work. I just want some time to wake myself up nice and gradual (especially now that i don't have the energy--have been slacking on my healthy living unfortunately) and sort through my thoughts a bit. I also live about an hour from the campuses i tend to sub at, so that means getting up and out the door before 6am. If I'm lucky, I'll get up quick, set the coffee pot, and make a thermosful to keep me going throughout the da... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 13:36:12 EST new toys for the school year? Every time the new school year comes around, there's questions as to whether somebody's going to get their hands on a new gizmo or teaching aide or something else, and whether somebody didn't get theirs. <BR> <BR> I don't have a classroom, so i'm not all up on the technology and online stuff that's available these days. As the new year is creeping ever closer (i know, who wants to be reminded), i was wondering if there were any new weapons in the mental arsenal you were going to be able to ... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 13:15:51 EST English teacher in LA Hey Gang <BR> I'm Lucie, I'm a 10th grade English teacher. I've got 12 years under my belt. I love teaching and am really appreciating summer vacation though. Last year was rough but this summer I've dedicated myself to giving to myself as much time as I give to my students. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know you all! <BR> Lucie Sat, 21 Jul 2012 18:54:34 EST I'm new here... I joined SparkPeople 2 weeks ago with a couple of short term goals for the summer and some long term goals for the year. As the school year quickly approaches (three weeks away!), I'm beginning to wonder how the new eating and exercising lifestyle will fit into my school life. <BR> <BR> Married, with a 7-year-old, I have 8 pounds to lose before the first day of class (4 weeks). A dedicated and always-working English teacher, I have 50 pounds to lose by the first of July 2013. What I'm f... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 09:39:14 EST Tech Ed teacher on a mission Hi There!! This is my 3rd day on SparkPeople. So far so good. I have been using weight watchers online since January with not great results. I found this place by chance at the App Store. Seems like a great resource. <BR> I have been teaching for 5 years. I started as a math teacher but since I have a background in engineering, I got certified to teach Technology Education and have been teaching this for the past 4 years. It is very interesting and challenging as I am still developing and r... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 20:47:13 EST Math teacher from Michigan I am happy and concerned to see so many math teachers here!!! Is there some correlation between needing to lose weight and our chosen profession? <BR> My name is Madelyne, I have just completed my 5th year of teaching at Covert High School in a small rural district in southwestern Michigan. <BR> We got out of school two weeks ago, but now that I am a department of one, I must work this summer revamping our curriculum (again). Sadly it has not been the same for any of the years I have be... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 07:44:18 EST Math/SpEd Teacher from Texas Hi! My name is Carrie, and I am a 3rd year teacher. I teach high school math and high school special education math. I have been overweight since I began having children 10 years ago. I have been seriously overweight since having my twins 5 years ago. I have struggled to get the weight off for years, and hope to actually succeed this time. Tue, 12 Jun 2012 00:29:17 EST Summer's just about here...any plans? Can't believe I haven't been on here in so long--that research paper was killing me (and my drastic upswing on the scale can confirm that--yikes!). <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm starting officially tomorrow re-vamping my eating and exercise plans and working hard to make myself healthier when i'm not working elsewhere, studying for fun, or polishing my resume. I'm going to really work on more fruits and vegetables in my diet, and have 60 minutes of activity minimum 6 days a week (excepting soreness... Thu, 31 May 2012 12:37:20 EST History teacher from VA Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I am a US/VA History teacher at a large urban high school in Virginia. I love my job and my kids (even with the daily cuss-outs!) and now it's time to love the way I look and feel. I need to lose a LOT of weight. 130 pounds total is my goal. I'm not very good at sticking to diets, but there's always hope that this one will be the one! Sun, 13 May 2012 09:07:56 EST the "racist teacher" thing--long story, got q's I was in such shock at students' behavior the other day that i decided not to substitute the rest of the week (needed to get studying anyway). if you saw my blog last night, then you probably got a good grasp of what i'm talking about, but its still upsetting me so i'll spill a little more. <BR> <BR> I don't remember kids being so hateful to each other, and some were so disrespectful of themselves, me, and their classmates that i was too shocked to know what to do. I just ended up making s... Fri, 23 Mar 2012 11:34:20 EST Math teachers -Numb3rs in the classroom? Hey howdy <BR> <BR> I totally get into this show (very up my alley--inspired me restart learning algebra on my own time) after hearing Math teachers talking about it and passing the dvds around to show in their Math classes. I've heard that other teachers have used these vids, but I'm curious about you guys. <BR> <BR> Have you guys ever used Numb3rs in class, and how did you do it? I didn't get the chance to ask how and where. I think there's a guide online, which i'm going to nab if i r... Tue, 28 Feb 2012 11:11:52 EST Answering the "dreaded question" do you? Hey howdy <BR> <BR> I was reading a post a minute ago and had to ask others about this. Granted, this happens the most with Math teachers, it seems, but I'm sure there're other times this question has come up for all of us (and I've done my best to b.s. my way through it as a substitute teacher for several different subjects). <BR> <BR> But anyway, what subject do you teach and what is your response to the "dreaded question" (or its relatives): "When are we ever going to need to use this?" Mon, 9 Jan 2012 23:20:35 EST Science Teacher in OK I am a science teacher in a very small school district, I teach grades 9-12, all science subjects (since I am the only high school science teacher there) I am 49 years old and this is my first assignment. Before I was a teacher I was a surgery nurse, I stopped nursing to stay home with my then teenage sons but we soon learned that we could not do without the income so I started substituting, like it so much that I decided to go back to school and get my teaching degree which actually turned i... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 01:29:47 EST Howdy, Yall! I had to start that way, since I teach in a high school in a "small town in Texas". I teach math, and spend much of my time trying to combat the stereo-type of math being too difficult. One of my biggest frustrations is that math and science are the only subjects that our American society gives students permission to fail. Parents say, "That's OK, Honey. I wasn't good in math either." The courses I teach are really "Math for the Real World". THere is a lot of stress involved, as some, or ... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 08:06:46 EST Hello All - NH Math Teacher Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Gretchen and I am a HS Math teacher in New Hampshire, but I live over the border in Maine. I am looking for a group that I can keep up with post-wise and be able to find the support I need to be successful. My biggest problem with staying on task at work is that my classroom is next door to our Restaurant Careers program.....My classroom smells yummy all day! <BR> <BR> I am also the mom of two boys, ages 11 and 8. The 11 year old has high-functioning PD... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 16:28:05 EST Goals for the new year (teaching or otherwise) Any come up for you yet that you want to share (still working on mine) Thu, 29 Dec 2011 21:12:22 EST Hello & Happy New Year! Hi Everyone, My name is Tiffany. I joined this group a couple weeks ago but am just now getting around to introducing myself. This is my 11th year teaching (4th at the high school level). I taught middle school before this. I currently teach health and am also certified to teach special education. I was so excited to see a group for high school teachers on Spark People! Good luck for your second semesters!! Tue, 27 Dec 2011 16:38:08 EST Hello! - NY Math Teacher Hello everyone! I teach Algebra 2/Trig and Precalculus in a New York high school. This is my 8th year of teaching. We are currently going crazy in my district over the new common core standards which means we will be changing our curriculum for the 3rd time in ten years. <BR> <BR> I completed two marathon last November and January along with 3 of my fellow teachers. I then started slacking off on exercise and stopped watching what I ate. I would like to lose the ten pounds I gained an... Thu, 24 Nov 2011 12:42:42 EST almost the holidays --how're you holding up? Myself, I've been stressed with my studies a bit and totally neglecting my health the past month (gained back all my losses, grr...) <BR> <BR> I'm hoping this November I'll get motivated to get going again (also haven't logged onto sparkpeople and posted in nearly a month as well), but i just see all this stuff coming at me and can't seem to make myself do it. <BR> <BR> Well, its Halloween, i went and bought me some produce on sale (strawberries for my spinach salad, while they're still che... Mon, 31 Oct 2011 20:06:46 EST Hi fellow teachers!! Hi everyone! My name is Stephanie and I teach 7-8 Reading/LA and Freshman English in a tiny rural town in central Illinois. The goal this summer was to focus on my weight loss and get a much healthier lifestyle. Well, the only thing I succeeded at this summer was gaining even more weight... I joined Spark earlier this year but never really made a go of it...seeing a trend here?? Getting my room ready for the new school year only reminded me how ridiculously overweight I am and how uncomfortab... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 18:13:20 EST Horticulture and Science Hi, I teach horticulture (greenhouse, floral design, landscaping, natural resources) in southeast Michigan. In Michigan we do not officially start teaching until the day after Labor Day, but I never started summer vacation. I taught biology in summer school, and have been working on grants, PD, my greenhouse and doing wedding consultations. Who said teachers only work 9 months? I have a great school district and building, great support from the administration, staff, and the community. <BR>... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 21:22:19 EST Teacher to be.. Hi all, I'm Carli - Im 25, from Australia and currently studying 4 of my final 6 subjects in my diploma of education, after which, I'll be an english/history teacher. I always wanted to teach, I just didnt want to be at school my whole life - so I lived a little, and it shows - in the form of fat and bulkiness! <BR> <BR> I've been looking for a teacher team to join - and I think this is the one! <BR> <BR> Hope you're all hitting your goals! Mon, 1 Aug 2011 20:47:05 EST Shark Week is coming... YAY! SHARK WEEK! YAY! <BR> <BR> Can't wait--this is my Super Bowl--gotta start it off right and watch "Jaws" early morning Sunday before last year's reruns come on to celebrate (love that movie). <BR> <BR> Sunday, discovery channel, shark week is around the corner! whew! Fri, 29 Jul 2011 23:50:56 EST Fred Jones Does anyone use the Fred Jones method in their classes? I went to a conference in Houston about 3 weeks ago. I have to say I was impressed. He talked about meaning business and sticking to your guns and not buying into arguing with the kids. Our whole school is going to implement his strategies and methods. I really think it will make a difference but I was wondering if anyone else has tried him out in their classes. If you have never heard of him, he is like Harry Wong but for high school. I... Fri, 29 Jul 2011 09:06:25 EST Louisiana Says Hi! My name is Sarah and I am a high school English teacher (10th and 11th). I have taught as low as 7th but high school is where my heart is. I just started here on Spark People and I already love the support that people are so willing to give. Loving the different groups and it rocks to have one just for us high school teachers. Only we know what it is really like there. Ready to hear all the great ideas and comments. Thu, 28 Jul 2011 13:35:24 EST silly question, but must be asked. I have been told on many an occasion that I'm weird, but a lot of us are so big deal. There is one thing I'm curious about, because maybe its not just a me thing, but other teachers suffer from it too, and since August is just around the corner: <BR> <BR> Did you ever get giddy/excited at the idea of shopping for school supplies as a kid? Do you still now? Tue, 26 Jul 2011 01:04:31 EST New from Nevada Hi all, <BR> <BR> I teach Business and Accounting classes. I've been using the Spark Website for a few weeks now and I can't believe that they maintain this site for free! As school starts up again in 3 weeks (ouch) -- this seems like the perfect team to share stories and ideas. <BR> <BR> Mon, 25 Jul 2011 13:33:57 EST VA is for lovers.... Of history that is! <em>20</em> Sorry, had to do it! I'm a history and psychology teacher in the Old Dominion. I have a love/hate relationship with my job: love the subject and the kids (most days), hate the budget cuts and SOLs. I usually just teach psych but just found out that I get to teach a history class this year, something I haven't done since my second year teaching. Looking for a place to feel connected with like-minded souls. Fri, 22 Jul 2011 08:50:19 EST Math Teacher in NJ Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Going into my 7th year teaching math... we are moving to Block scheduling next year, so it's going to be a hell of a year. I'm nervous, but excited too. Thank goodness I only have two preps- last year I had four! <BR> <BR> When I was in college, I lost 45 pounds with weight watchers after having my daughter. I gained some of it back- my body seems to be happy at 150 to 155 range. I'm hoping to make it happy in the 135 to 140 range! <BR> <BR> -Amanda~ Fri, 8 Jul 2011 09:46:20 EST High School Drawing & Painting Hi! <BR> <BR> After 3 years of being a purely elementary art teacher, starting this fall, I will split my time between high school and elementary art classes. Perhaps needless to say, I have spent a significant amount of my summer break preparing lessons. Nonetheless I am seriously stressing about how to manage the day-to-day craziness of traveling to 4 separate buildings, teaching to the student level, and the length of my actual day. Although my immediate administrators are sympathetic ... Sat, 2 Jul 2011 13:26:23 EST How different is summer school? Hey howdy there! <BR> <BR> I applied to a district near my college campus that may need summer school teachers at the high school (they'll go for in-house first, naturally), but I'd never seen summer school teachers advertised at a district before. I know its a much shorter time for courses and whatnot, and i was curious what your experiences were with it if you did the summer school thing. <BR> <BR> how different was summer school compared to the regular year? how much did you have to ch... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 18:18:54 EST Staying sane during state Hello there! <BR> <BR> I volunteered/signed up to get paid to help out with the state testing going on this week and supervise a class. I'll be the testing teacher those 4 days, and of course there're so many rules its bizarre. <BR> <BR> the one that gets me most is that teachers aren't allowed to do ANYTHING--they monitor the students for the 4 hours they're there, can't read a book or do anything else that could distract them from the students and any possible cheating that my occur. <BR... Sun, 24 Apr 2011 19:43:52 EST Cuts in Education everywhere... I know this particular topic has been bouncing around teachers' teams and blogs the past several months, but I was curious as to a smaller discussion (i.e., with high-school and middle-school teachers) how things are going. <BR> <BR> Education budgets are getting cut everywhere. How is this affecting you, your job, your health? <BR> Thu, 7 Apr 2011 10:15:22 EST o-HI-o Hello all. I'm a newby at SparkPeople and unsure of everything going on here. It's nice to see a group of high school teachers --- I know I have at least something in common with this team. FYI, I teach science in Ohio (biology, physics, & geology currently, but I've taught it all at one time or another). I'm excited to get started. <BR> <BR> Thanks for the welcome e-mail Psychojules <em>249</em> Sat, 2 Apr 2011 22:51:25 EST tricky lesson plans--ever try one? I was cleaning my office and looking through my notes and found a possibly cool way to start a lesson. The only thing I'm worried about is how it would be received if i tried it in the classroom and ways to not ruffle feathers. <BR> <BR> A bit tired, and i'm probably not making sense at the moment, but out of curiosity, were there any lessons you tried where people told you flat out you couldn't do them or you had major complaints from parents or students when you did them? what did you ha... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 01:00:08 EST new team for sea/ship/navy enthusiasts... Hey howdy there! <BR> <BR> If you know anybody here who might be a shipwreck enthusiast, amateur sailor, boat nut, marine biologist (amateur or pro), one that worships "Shark Week" on Discovery Channel every year, or loves learning about naval battles and building model ships, etc. then there's a team on here that just got started about a month ago for 'em. <BR> <BR> Its called the "Anything Nautical Nuts and Naval History Buffs" team for those who...well...the title pretty much says it al... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 21:40:26 EST Subjects taught and size of school? My school is working on adopting new textbook series across the board; one that we can eventually access solely via the web. I currently teach Gifted K-12, AEP, and Psychology. Recently our social studies team met to discuss what we are and should be teaching... which got me to thinking.. about what areas in social sciences other schools are teaching. So.. I'd really appreciate it if you could post what social science classes are currently offered at your school and the approximate size of... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 11:44:22 EST chatty testers--how do you handle 'em? Hello there <BR> <BR> I was recently reminded of the only really stressful pet peeve I have with students, the quickest way for them to make me angry. I'm generally an amiable person and if you do your work I can give leeway (I'm a sub, so its kinda built into me right now) on if you need to get something else done for another class or whatever. <BR> <BR> But taking tests I cannot be lax at--its just not possible. I make sure to tell them "no talking" during the test, saying its a matter ... Sat, 19 Feb 2011 09:08:27 EST Hi I'm a new here. Hello Everyone, My name is Jennifer. I'm a special ed. teacher, I teach Earth Science, US History, and World History to learning disabled students. I love teaching, but I have gained quite a bit of weight since I entered the profession 3 years ago. Wed, 2 Feb 2011 23:33:06 EST lesson gone do you compensate? This was something that I had issues with in internship (not because I was in love with my lesson plans--most of the time they weren't entirely mine anyway--but because I didn't want to leave other classes behind in the subject). <BR> <BR> I was wondering what you did if you did a lesson first period that just didn't work--either it wasn't the right time for it, or the students didn't get what you were trying to do or there was too much hassle and delay on the students' end. Anything that m... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 11:50:07 EST Huckleberry Finn--new version may substitute words I was commenting on another topic on another thread when it reminded me of Huckleberry Finn and the banned books list. I did a search (again) on why the book is banned (i know why usually, just like to see if there's anything new), and I saw some news stories that were shocking. <BR> <BR> One was from January 4th (and several since) talking about changing the "n" word to "slave" in a new version of the book. I am furious over the idea of doing that. It may knock it off the banned books list... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 11:20:11 EST Hi! Spring break is in 62 days I'm trying to kick some, and lose some, ass. I've gained so much over the past few years since I began teaching. Thanks for having this team because I know YOU guys get what I go through everyday! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a fantastic MLK and let's keep moving! Mon, 17 Jan 2011 20:30:48 EST Hello Everyone I am an Alternative Ed teacher in Michigan. I Teach English with 4 preps and no prep hour. I also teach in Adult Ed for four hours a day four days a week. <BR> <BR> This is my umpteenth time trying to lose the weight I have packed on since I began teaching. <BR> With very little time to meal plan and less time to exercise, it has been a real challenge. Mon, 10 Jan 2011 19:57:47 EST Howdy from North Carolina Hi, team. I teach high school English and yearbook in North Carolina and am trying to figure out what I will do if I can't stress eat my way through the school year. All I can say is that I need every bit of help I can get, because I have absolutely no will power. None. I look forward to surviving and thriving with all of you. Mon, 10 Jan 2011 18:05:43 EST My name is Lindsay, and I'm a foodaholic Just kidding, I've been doing better this year. Lost 20 lbs and have 99 more to go, but I tell you, the school year is the hardest time of year to lose weight for me. Breakfast as 6, lunch at 11am, and then way too many hours in the day to lose track of snacks! <BR> <BR> I am in my 4th year teacher, but my 2nd year at the high school level. I teach 9th grade English/Reading and am the Language Arts Instructional Leader. I <em>26</em> Freshmen :) I look forward to getting to know you all, l... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 17:28:38 EST Best/worst "reasons" why they didn't turn in work I'm curious about something--I hear a lot of times in teacher's lounges about some of the excuses students will come up with for not turning in their work. <BR> <BR> What is the best excuse you've heard (funny or otherwise)? What's the worst? Fri, 7 Jan 2011 22:32:13 EST Hello Team: I am a science teacher in the great state of Georgia. <BR> <BR> Fri, 31 Dec 2010 23:14:45 EST Info: PCRM 21-day vegan kickstart (worth a shot) Hey howdy there! <BR> <BR> I like to bring this up--they start it about 3 different times a year and this time around it starts on January 3rd. <link> </link> <BR> <BR> For those who don't know, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine does this thing where for 21 days they send out daily e-mails and information, give you access to their site and meal plans and such, and it basically helps you get healthier or vegan. If anything, if you're trying to becom... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 00:34:05 EST I'm new... A little general, I know but I'm new to most of this... well, not Sparkpeople, but teaching and teaching high-school in particular. I received my BS degree in August, after taking a few too many years off. I finally decided I wanted to be a teacher and that made the decision to finish school a must (and a son who is much like his mom). I was a paraprofessional at our elementary school when a long-term teaching position came available last winter - they asked me to take it & I jumped at the op... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 16:30:12 EST What are your plans this christmas break? Hey howdy--i'm always curious what people like to do, especially teachers with a good 2 weeks or so off in the middle of the school year <BR> <BR> I'll be at my aunt's for christmas day (with video camera and such--new baby in the family, i found out), and maybe doing some computer upgrading (if the price is right). I'll certainly be reading my books for Antebellum America class at uni this coming semester (I'm trying to get most of it out of the way so its not so stressful writing papers, ... Sun, 19 Dec 2010 13:58:28 EST pre-miderm and midterm rituals for students? Hey howdy! <BR> <BR> I was just curious if there's anything special you guys do for your students when its the week before midterms or on the day of, or things you let your students do those days. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking of my weird college rituals (done by me myself and I) for taking exams and such lately and was curious what you let students do or what you'd do for them for midterms. Just curious. Fri, 10 Dec 2010 13:01:03 EST December-New Years Challenge- --Saturday Results log Hey there! <BR> <BR> Here's the thread we'll post our starts and results. Let us know of your progress, and have oodles of fun this month! Thu, 2 Dec 2010 18:31:07 EST December-New Years Challenge--join in whenever! Hey howdy there--sorry i didn't get this out sooner, but my internet connection's been spotty at best since monday night (I'm at my college campus right now using the library computers just to play catch-up). <BR> <BR> Anyway, there were several great ideas for challenges to work on, so I picked a few that were given. Make sure to post where you started and your result that week on Saturdays (since NYD is on Saturday, too). Pick 3 to work on (or all if you want) and let us know how it goes... Thu, 2 Dec 2010 18:30:28 EST December to New Years Challeng --ideas? Hello there! <BR> <BR> I was trying to think of challenge ideas for this team, as this is a very trying month not just for teachers but anybody in general, and worth a go. I'm looking for your ideas on what you want to accomplish (reasonably, of course--hee hee) or try to do by new years day, things that you want accountability to try and do, or whatever else you feel. I'm bad at team challenges myself because i forget to check my e-mail once in a while and by the time I find a challenge i... Fri, 26 Nov 2010 14:44:10 EST Lobotomy Hi! <BR> I'm an English teacher (grade 11) and often think I need a lobotomy for teaching High School after 8 glorious years of middle school. This is my second year and wonder what I was thinking when I moved up to the grown-folks asylum. <BR> (They really do think they know everything and have nothing new to learn from me. Little do they know about the "Real World" that's not on MTV.) <BR> I do look forward to using this site as a tool to get healthy and enjoy the insanity of my job. Mon, 22 Nov 2010 20:48:56 EST Gummy_Bear Hi all. <BR> <BR> I have been certified for 5 years. I finally found a full time job two years ago, which was very exciting. <BR> <BR> I have been on and off diets, my whole life, until I found out how to make eating healthy a lifestyle. However, the new job and time management has not been working out in my weight's favor, so I am back and going to do this again. I hope to find great suggestions, help to offer others the same and to lose some weight and to become healthy again. <B... Mon, 22 Nov 2010 19:03:05 EST 20something No, not 20something years old, but teaching math for 20something years in grades 6-12. <BR> <BR> I'm in Washington State and, like many of you, we are dealing with diminished budgets and larger class sizes. <BR> <BR> I try to stay positive in spite of the challenges in teaching today. Sun, 21 Nov 2010 19:51:31 EST How do you best combat Seasonal Affective Disorder Hey howdy! <BR> <BR> I've read the articles and such about SAD, and sometimes even work with them, but i'm curious about something--how do you guys do it, or are you struggling with it yourselves? Granted, i'm writing this while at the tail-end of a nasty head cold, but I know i'm gonna be bugged by this pretty soon, even without the cold. <BR> <BR> What're some things you've done to get you moving and onward even during a depressing (for the body) time of year, when its cold and you just... Mon, 8 Nov 2010 10:07:29 EST Hello from Jax Fl Hi everyone. I am a Social Studies/English teacher at a school for girls. I teach 11 grade. I am looking forward to meeting and chatting with you all. Mon, 1 Nov 2010 10:20:48 EST Morgan Spurlock presents "Chalk" has anybody seen this movie? I hadn't heard of it or seen it before until a video store near my house was going out of business and it happened to be on the shelves. <BR> <BR> Its pretty funny--like "the office" for teachers, and follows a group of teachers and especially 2 social studies teachers in the course of a school year (the school PSAs on the extras are pretty funny, too). I cracked up when i watched this, and its one of my fave mockumentary-like flicks. <BR> <BR> anybody seen it... Sun, 31 Oct 2010 21:49:35 EST Hello from the West Coast of Canada! Hi! ~ I teach Grades 10, 11 and 12 ~ Art, Sculpture, Jewellery, Earth Science and Planning! I know the last 2 seem to be out of place... but we do what we have to when we want a full time assignment in a small town with declining enrollment. <BR> I've been off work for the past couple of weeks with pneumonia and am feeling completely out of the loop. Not sure how my students are doing at this point, and my exercise / diet is placed "on hold".... <BR> Finally starting to sleep at I ... Tue, 26 Oct 2010 18:58:51 EST Hey Everybody! Just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Jodie Delapp and I teach high school math (Algebra 2, Algebra 3, and Tech 2) in Rock Hill, SC. I got married last year, and have no children (except my little chinese crested named Brutus). I have been using sparkpeople off and on for a couple of months now, and am finally ready to give it a real go....wish me luck! Mon, 25 Oct 2010 13:10:53 EST waiting for "superman" I WANT TO SEE THIS MOVIE!!! I hate how all the movies I wanna see are only in select theaters. There's one in the Houston area that's playing it, but i have no idea where it is (probably on the west side, and I don't wanna spend more time getting lost than the length of the movie). <BR> <BR> I wonder if one of you is a lucky skunk that'll get to see it. its on my list as soon as it goes into nationwide screening--i really wanna see this movie. the guy that started the Harlem program for ... Fri, 8 Oct 2010 10:14:41 EST something to discuss- -upswing in cyberbullying Amazing how i'd just finished a 4 hour workshop at my college campus on understanding personal and other attitudes about diversity and how every person counts, every group counts--then I come home and see the news. HLN reported about a gay college student who killed himself because of crap posted on the internet about him, including video of him having sex, taken by his roommate through the webcam. I'd also read yesterday in a magazine about a young high school girl who did the same a few mon... Fri, 1 Oct 2010 23:24:54 EST Teach Tony Danza...hmm... I'm watching it right now, pilot episode. <BR> <BR> curious how it'll turn out, or what the aim of it is. wonder how he'll do. Fri, 1 Oct 2010 22:16:51 EST Hi! Hi! Hey! I'm Sydney and I'm a Social Studies teacher in Georgia! I just finished my master's and this is my 7th year teaching! I think that I team for high school teachers is awesome because elementary folks just don't get it! Thu, 30 Sep 2010 21:32:49 EST An Introduc tion.... I just joined Spark People one week ago, and my goal is to lose thirty pounds. I teach high school English in Oklahoma, and I love my job on most days! Being able to have a positive impact on teenagers' lives motivates me. However, because I am involved in so many school activities, I feel that I rarely have time to exercise. It is time for me to MAKE the time to take better care of myself! Wed, 29 Sep 2010 21:37:00 EST Tardies--how do you handle them? This is something I've been thinking a lot about. I mean, I read a blog a few days ago (can't find it now) where there was one school charging students for being tardy to class with either $5 or 30 minutes detention after school. It seems interesting, but the main buzz was that it was doubtful it'd work for very long if at all. <BR> <BR> I was thinking all about this, but my ideas seemed to have a drawback. Tardies completely annoy me, but i'm not in a classroom yet so i do have time to w... Tue, 28 Sep 2010 15:18:18 EST my info For those wondering, i'm currently a substitute teacher, certified though in 8-12 Social Studies in the state of Texas. I live in the Houston area, and have my whole life. Sun, 26 Sep 2010 19:33:33 EST