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Teachers/Educators Thread • Page 15

Discussion in 'General Forum' started by Matt Metzler, Mar 31, 2016.

  1. David87

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  2. dorfmac


    Hate to say it, but I agree. Not sure I agree w the rationale presented because I didn’t read, but as a concept, I would love to see us shrink summer vacation down to 2-3 weeks, and then extend other breaks or create new ones throughout the year.
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  3. David87

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    It miiiight be a good idea but he's mentioning increasing hours/days in the classroom and I just don't see that working out well for anyone involved. Anyone who's been in the classroom knows we're already at our wits end after 185 days with these kids lol.

    I could maybe get on board with smaller summer break and increased breaks elsewhere. But that summer away from students is a necessity right now for the mental health of almost all educators lol. I imagine a lot of families like having summers to travel and be with family as well, not to mention the summer camps and such that would suffer.

    I'd be lying though if I said wouldn't like to maybe have a couple weeks off in the fall and the winter. I sometimes envy my private sector counterparts that take lovely vacations in September and October to places that are less crowded and have more tolerable weather in those months.
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  4. Jusscali

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    3 weeks on 1 week off baby. Or less and just give me 4 day weeks. I say that but I also would rather just have summer lol
  5. popdisaster00

    I'm usually deluded Moderator

    Haven’t started teaching yet but I think I would prefer summer over going year round with more small breaks
  6. Philll

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    How does the typical American school year look? In the UK we have a 6 week summer break, two weeks off at Christmas and Easter, and then one week off in the middle of each term, so terms are usually broken into two chunks of 6 or 7 weeks. Am I right in thinking the American summer break is longer?

    I think the long summer is good and necessary. Scrapping it just plays into the myth that education happens at school and nowhere else. If we want kids to not lose out too much during the pandemic I believe we need to become less reliant on school, not more. Show young people how they can be learners out in the world. Summer is a great opportunity for getting outdoors, exploring, taking trips to places that are stimulating and can satisfy kids natural interests. Losing that would do more harm than good I feel. Not to mention its just a necessary break for both students and teachers, neither can be going flat out all year round.

    My only reservation about long holidays is obviously they can be tough for working families in terms of childcare. But there are clear ways we could do more to support those families if we choose to.
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  7. David87

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    It's slightly different in every state and even by school district, but, in general, the summer breaks here will be roughly 8-10 weeks I believe. Last year our last student day was on June 12th? I think? And our first student day this year was August 31st. So about 10 weeks.

    For Christmas we get off anywhere frm (counting weekends) 9-15 days or so depending on what day CHristmas falls. Like last year Christmas Eve was on a Tuesday, so we had off Monday the 23rd, so our last school day was all the way back on Friday December 20th, and then our first day back wasn't until January 6th because our district always gives us off January 2nd and they weren't going to make us come back for ONE day on January 3rd only for the weekend to hit lol. So those years are the best when it lines up for us to get a long christmas break.

    Easter or Spring Break as it's known here is usually just one week off from school + Good Friday. But that definitely varies wildly.

    Beyond that, the days off are VERY varied by district and state. Our "marking periods" in our district (which are basically half a semester) typically end up being roughly 38-40 days of classes, which I suppose is roughly 7-8 weeks.
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  8. Grapevine_Twine

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    Kids are so bored and unengaged. I can barely get the remote kids to write full sentences. And of course I’m blaming myself through all of this.
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  9. popdisaster00

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    Just told my current employer that I'll be done there in December. Student teaching starts in January.

  10. dorfmac


    Friday marked our last day of in person instruction for about three weeks. Faculty have been on campus 4 days a week since the beginning and students the same since early October. The exhale of getting to the end of the day Friday was absolutely enormous. When we come back after break, we will be virtual for the first week, and then two grades each day for the two weeks before winter break.

    We’ve been the most aggressive school in the area with reopening and we fucking crushed it. 0 transmissions or exposures, I think a few total cases that took place through club sports, but those kids never made it to campus. Everything we did from 730-330 worked as well as it could have.

    as fucked as it is that we have been back and have seemingly made all the wrong decisions as a school, I’m super proud of our teachers and students for doing everything the right way.
  11. dorfmac


    Student teaching is the worst part about teaching. Survive that (and covid) and you’ll be great.
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  12. popdisaster00

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    Pretty good chance I'll be doing it via distance learning which is...weird and not what I would have expected when I started my program haha
  13. ncarrab


    We pulled the trigger on going back to all remote yesterday.

    We gave it a good run. No confirmed COVID cases throughout the entire District until the last week of October, and then the bottom fell out. Mostly issues with staffing (due to required quarantines). We had transitioned our entire 6th grade to remote learning a few weeks ago, and then 7-12 last week and now the entire district yesterday.

    We say we're going to try and come back in January but...I don't see it.
  14. ncarrab


    I should add, we've actually seen zero evidence of spread inside of our buildings, and our county health department backed us up on that in a public press release to the community.

    Our health and safety protocols were really working (we believe).

    Required face masks, every student had a personal portable desk shield, hand sanitizer in every single classroom and all throughout the hallways, good physical distancing in the classrooms, no sharing of materials, etc.
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  15. dorfmac


    are you in a private school or well-funded public school system? if not, all the more impressive. congrats on what sounds like a resounding success, given the circumstances.
  16. David87

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    I got a message from a student today that they tested positive, I’ve had at least 4 others message me the last few weeks that they were missing class to get tested
  17. ncarrab


    Public...I wouldn't say any public school system is 'well-funded' haha (at least in Ohio). Pretty much everything we purchased was through a $240K(ish) grant we received from the state to use on PPE. We also received a lot of donations from various vendors we work with for PPE.

    Another thing I forgot to mention originally was that we encouraged all of our teachers to take their classes outside if they could. That helped a lot too, however, with the weather turning, we can no longer do that.

    But yeah, everyone (staff, parents, community, health department) has been very pleased with our protocols. The only complaints we got from some parents is that we were doing too much or going overboard.
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  18. David87

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    Tomorrow is my first day back in the building officially. No students until the 14th. Tomorrow is ansynchronous anyway and we have to leave by 11:15 so it's literally jsut a day for us to come in and get our stuff set up.

    And it's a waste because our state is close to having its 2nd metric go red which is SUPPOSED to make us automatically go hybrid, but of course our governor is trying to insist now that no it doesn't automatically mean that and schools should continue to try to go hybrid and etc.

    Meanwhile we're months away from a vaccine and the numbers here are skyrocketing. So yay!