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I got this article from www.lilsugar.com it says:

A Massachusetts teacher should have taught herself this lesson: don’t post anything on social networking sites that you want to keep private. June Talvitie-Siple was forced to resign after she made unfavorable comments about students and their parents on her Facebook page.

Talvitie-Siple used the terms “germbags,” “arrogant,” and “snobby,” believing that she was talking with friends, but the comments were public. The educator also wrote that she was less than enthused about the upcoming school year. Would you be upset if your child’s teacher vented his or her frustrations on a social networking site?

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Today I received a very lovely message from Brian Asselin it says:

 

Hello Miss Farah
My name is Brian Asselin – I am a musician / teacher living in the Ottawa area in Canada. I have been blessed in my life to have had so many teachers inspire me to be the best that I can be. A couple weeks ago I graduated from teachers college and I felt compelled to tell every teacher I come across “thank you” for making a difference. I have included a link of a song I co-wrote that is dedicated to teachers around the world for making a difference.
Thank you for reading
Brian Asselin

Thank you Brian for the amazing song! This song would be a great gift for teacher’s day as well!

This is a teacher punishing his students for not cutting their finger nails!. What the…

Could this be any more abusive and wrong???? I didn’t even know stuff like that exist! It’s a shame…

           Today I started packing up my classroom it’s starting to look empty. I look at my bamboo plant that spread the flow of positive energy to my class. I’ve spoken about it before You can check my post on my lucky bamboo plant here:

https://missfarahsclass.wordpress.com/2010/02/17/does-a-bamboo-plant-really-give-positive-energy/

Lucky bamboo is one of the plants recommended by Feng Shui masters to improve Feng Shui and create a space where you feel safe and more energized.

I thought to myself Who am I going to give my  lucky bamboo to? Who will continue in spreading the flow of positive energy in the classroom …….ofcourse she is the one and only “Elzie Miranda!”

Elzie is my colleague at work who has always been there for me. Even though we were seperated this year our friendship grew stronger. This is when you know who your true friends are!.

Now I know that my lucky Bamboo is in safe hands 🙂

Teacher appreciation week is the time where you can show gratitude to your teacher for all the effortthey put in each day to teach and for the education that we receive thanks to them. This week is celebrated worldwide and it is the week where you can reward your teacher with your choice of present.

Teacher appreciation week is not only a way for students to celebrate their teachers but also for people to learn more about teaching as a profession and its merits worldwide since teaching is done differently in each country.

Check out this short activity:

How well do you know your teacher? Just take a piece of paper and write:

  • Teacher’s full name.
  • Subject.
  • Gender and approximate age.
  • Husband or wife? Kids? Pets?
  • Where is he or she from?
  • Physical remarks (glasses, height, hair…).
  • Normally wears…
  • Any known hobby.
  • Funny details, like tics, words he/she repeats a lot, etc.
  • Anything else that may be important
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    Now, why do you feel a special teacher appreciation for him or her? You may wish to take a few minutes to think about:

    • Why are you particularly fond of this teacher?
    • How does he or she compare to other teachers you’ve had before?
    • Is he or she more tolerant than others?
    • Does he or she obtain true respect and teacher appreciation from the class without getting angry?
    • Are his or her lessons particularly interesting, funny or just easier to understand?
    • Does he or she address each student individually and meet his or her particular needs?
    • Does he or she make efforts to solve your doubts, even beyond his or her current knowledge?
    • Does he or she take some time to discuss with you students beyond his or her particular subject?
    • Apart from his or her subject, what values have you learnt from this teacher?
    • If you’re thinking about a teacher or professor you had long ago, why do you think you remember that person especially?

    Please feel free to participate. Together we can help many other people to show their teacher appreciation, thus making them and their teachers happier!

          Today I had a job interview at  a well reputed French school  in Lebanon where I was applying for an English teaching position. After being stuck in traffic and trying to find a parking space I arrived safe and sound to the school. I was 5 minutes late although I left the house 45 minutes ahead of time! I informed them that I will be late and they understood the situation which was cool! I enter the school and clipped on a visitor’s badge and head to the adminstration. The principal had no clue that he had an appointment with me which I think is so unproffessional. I hand him my CV and speaks to me in French.

    Miss Farah: I’m sorry I don’t speak French

    Principal: Oh you don’t speak French at all?

    Miss Farah: I know a few words but I can’t speak it.

    Principal: Well, you see since you don’t know French we cannot accept you here, it is not possible.

    Miss Farah: Ok, but I am an English teacher, AND ENGLISH TEACHERS AREN’T SUPPOSED TO SPEAK FRENCH!

    Principal: Well how are we going to communicate with you? All English teachers at our school speak French so we can be able to communicate together.

    Miss Farah: At my previous school, we had Arabic teachers who didn’t know English and we used to translate to them.

    Principal: I’m sorry you have to speak both Languages in order to be accepted at our school.

    Miss Farah: Well, I wasn’t aware of that but thank you for your time.

    I leave the room, shocked ofcourse, what kind of an unprofessional school is this? Ok it is a well reputed school and French is their first language, but my goal was to take English to the same level! This should be their goal as well, since English is a global language. It is spoken throughout the world, even if these students graduate as French learners in the end they are going to end up speaking English to be able to communicate with everyone. I understand that I won’t be able to communicate with other teaching staff but I am applying to teach French speaking students, English. It was a  disappointing experience for me  not because I didn’t meet their qualifications, I am disappointed for them because now their reputation is going to change since I am informing the world of  their unprofessionalism.

    Anyway I have another interview tomorrow wish me luck 🙂

    Ok it is true I am a teacher and students have this image of teachers that they loved school well it’s not true I actually hated it! I especially hated chemistry classes because the teacher was just vicious!! Teachers have  a very important role in making you love a subject or hate it! I used to hate school because of the waking up early and I’m not a morning person at all! Although I still do wake up early and for the record I wake up at 5:30 am everyday….yesss that’s the story of my life! Anyway kids dislike school for many reasons:

    They are either bullied and someone is bothering them

    – They might feel different or worry that you don’t have enough friends

    – Sometimes it’s a problem with their classes and schoolwork.

    – Or maybe the work is too hard, or they don’t feel as smart as the other kids

    – They may be getting farther and farther behind, and it may seem like they’ll never catch up

    Parents if you notice this problem with your kid always talk about it to the teacher or the school counselor to let them find out what the problem is.It’s especially important to tell an adult if the problem is that you’re being bullied or someone hurts you physically.

    Special help is available if they need it. Try not to let the problems go on too long. It’s easier to catch up on one chapter than the whole book!