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Ask a teacher on Summer Break
#21
RE: Ask a teacher on Summer Break
(July 13, 2017 at 2:51 pm)Ben Davis Wrote: Do students actually give a damn about European history or is that subject only there so that the military can boast about their involvement in the two world wars?

And are the rumours true about what goes on in the staff room?

Some do.  Since I started teaching AP Euro more students have started taking the class.  Though a lot of them say it's because I'm the one teaching it, and I 'make History interesting'.  AP Euro goes over much more than just the World Wars.  We get into a lot of great stuff.   Like the Bolshevik Revolution.

And what rumors would that be?
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#22
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(July 13, 2017 at 2:48 pm)Cecelia Wrote: He wasn't so much of a slacker as he was... someone who really let confirmation bias take over.   He used poor sources (which weren't even really sources as they were quotes from people supporting his position--which was essentially that the Holocaust didn't happen or wasn't as bad as they said it was).  His paper was essentially "these people agree with me!" Thankfully it was toward the end of the year, and I didn't have to deal with the parents ever again.  And I didn't have him in my class the next year.  I'm not even sure he continued going to our school.  I hope that he did learn something, but I'm not really sure he did.

Was his name Harris by any chance???  hehehehehehehe
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#23
RE: Ask a teacher on Summer Break
(July 13, 2017 at 2:57 pm)Cecelia Wrote: Some do.  Since I started teaching AP Euro more students have started taking the class.  Though a lot of them say it's because I'm the one teaching it, and I 'make History interesting'.
That's possibly the greatest compliment a teacher can get from students. You must be proud!

Quote:AP Euro goes over much more than just the World Wars.  We get into a lot of great stuff.   Like the Bolshevik Revolution.
Comrade Cecelia! Join us in the great Socialist Uprising!

Quote:And what rumors would that be?
You know! Child sacrifice, lab assistant orgies, scrabble...
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#24
RE: Ask a teacher on Summer Break
(July 9, 2017 at 11:41 am)Alex K Wrote: Why does your Summer break start 3 weeks before mine?
What is your general opinion on math and physics teachers?

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(July 13, 2017 at 2:57 pm)mh.brewer Wrote: Was his name Harris by any chance???  hehehehehehehe

No.  I'm guessing that's a reference to Sam Harris in defense of the Holocaust Denial Free Speech?


(July 13, 2017 at 3:37 pm)Ben Davis Wrote: That's possibly the greatest compliment a teacher can get from students. You must be proud!

Comrade Cecelia! Join us in the great Socialist Uprising!

You know! Child sacrifice, lab assistant orgies, scrabble...

Yeah, I felt really happy when students tell me that.  Especially since a lot of people find history boring.  Having students come back and tell me "I got into this because of you," is just a fantastic feeling.    (The worst is either finding a student you can't help, or possibly whenever I hear bright students tell me they can't afford to go to college.  One of which was last year.  Probably the smartest student I've ever had, and she couldn't go to college because she couldn't afford it.  Even with scholarships.  That nearly made me cry.  If I had the money, I'd have paid her way through college myself)

Child Sacrifice?  Only the really bad kids!
Lab assistant orgies?  Only on the weekends.
Scrabble?  Nobody wants to play me anymore because I always win.  Except against my brother, and I've only beaten him once.  Of course he's played in professional tournaments so that's not a bad thing!
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#26
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(July 13, 2017 at 3:59 pm)Cecelia Wrote:
(July 13, 2017 at 2:57 pm)mh.brewer Wrote: Was his name Harris by any chance???  hehehehehehehe

No.  I'm guessing that's a reference to Sam Harris in defense of the Holocaust Denial Free Speech?

Nope, not this guy:

[Image: ben-stiller-3.jpg]

This guy, one of our very own: https://atheistforums.org/search.php?act...d6328187a1
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#27
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(July 13, 2017 at 4:13 pm)mh.brewer Wrote:
(July 13, 2017 at 3:59 pm)Cecelia Wrote: No.  I'm guessing that's a reference to Sam Harris in defense of the Holocaust Denial Free Speech?

This guy, one of our very own: https://atheistforums.org/search.php?act...d6328187a1

Oh my.  No wonder I didn't recognize the name.  I don't think I've ever looked in the Philosophy section of this board.  (And haven't lost any IQ Points thanks to it apparently)
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#28
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What are your thoughts on year round school?
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#29
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(July 16, 2017 at 8:37 pm)mh.brewer Wrote: What are your thoughts on year round school?

For me it depends on what kind of schedule they have.  I mean both year round and traditional schools typically have the same number of days to go to school (usually 180).  With breaks spread apart a bit more.  Some have longer summers, while others have shorter ones.  I'd prefer a longer summer, if simply because I like being able to lounge by my pool and relax.  It's also a great time to take a vacation.  In the winter it's harder to travel.  

Year Round School certainly has many advantages.  Such as kids not having as long between classes, and not as long between breaks where they're longing for the days of summer.  (Spring Fever hit one of my college professors very hard one year even).  I think it works better in areas where it's cooler year round.  It'd cost a lot less to keep the school cooler.

Part of me would prefer year round, simply because I wear heels to school.  (Silly reason, I know!)  If I don't wear them now and again during the summer, when I start back to wearing them they kill my feet.  Of course I've remedied this by starting to wear heels once in a while in the summer. 

Overall both have their pros and cons.  With year round, we wouldn't have to spend as much time reviewing everything from the previous year.  You'd have kids more focused, and probably a little more relaxed.  But I'm not sure the advantage is THAT strong.  And there's cost to factor in, especially in areas where it starts getting hot in June.  And certainly really hot in August.  On the other hand, summers give teachers better time for professional development.  I can't imagine teaching and taking night classes to get my masters.  I took summer courses, and managed to get my masters.  Then you have the mini breaks, after which you have to have mini reviews, which you don't have as much of with traditional school schedules.   You also have time for kids to go to summer camp (which you still have some of in Year-Round school of course) and they have more time to explore other interests outside of school.  Not to mention planning family vacations--which can be hectic.  That's more on parents and their own scheduling though.  (We actually got to go on a real vacation for the first time this year in a long time!)
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#30
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OK. Any thoughts, pro/con, on the semester vs quarter system?
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