I’m trying to figure out what’s a good idea to do for my first parent night. I’ll already have had the students for two weeks before meeting the parents, so it’s not exactly like open house. The school told all the teachers that they would like us to not just go over the syllabus, but instead, give parents a taste of what it’s like in your classroom. Since I have six classes, I will have each “class” of parents for 10-15 minutes (five 6th grade ELA classes and one 7th grade ELA class). Some parents will have their child(ren) with them, but most will not. I’m a little stumped on what to do with them beyond the general greeting and introductions. I would love to have the students prepare something for their parents to look at during parent night…I want to give the parents a good impression and for them to be excited that their child is in my class! So, my fellow teachers, what are some of your ideas? What have you done in the past on parent nights?
Okay, guys. I need help. I’ve taken my certification test four times and have failed four times. I’ve purchased the book to study, I’ve taken notes, I’ve done online testing, and I’ve done more practice testing. However, I’m still shy 10 points.
Not only is it a blow on my confidence as a future teacher, it’s draining my bank account (it’s cost $1,200 so far). I know, ultimately money doesn’t matter, but I’ve got student loans and other expenses to account for. Then, adding on how unintelligent I feel, with the question if I can even do this…well, I’m getting quite desperate. I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. The fact that I can’t be because of a standardized test is breaking my heart.
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I just finished reading the following article…I’m a little concerned, to say the least. I wish people would understand that YAL is one of the most real texts available. True, several of the topics are disturbing, but it’s life. Adults aren’t the only ones that struggle with self-harm, depression, cancer, suicide, death of loved ones, etc. To take away these books from young adults is making their real struggles seem less than they are. These texts are a way for young adults to know they aren’t alone and to seek help if needed or to be able to connect with their peers going through similar struggles. I have so much to say on this topic; however, it’s getting late. Here is a brief segment of the article, you can click it to be directed to the link.
"The ‘sick-lit’ books aimed at children: It’s a disturbing phenomenon. Tales of teenage cancer, self-harm and suicide…"