Yes, it is the Daily Mail. My favorite extract:
The teacher was also puzzled by a girl who left the classroom in tears after learning that singer Zayn Malik had left the boy band One Direction.
‘I found it difficult to understand such emotional behaviour over a pop band,’ Miss Yang said.
I haven’t seen this yet… but would not be surprised.
I sent an email on Friday afternoon to a non teacher associate requesting further details. I was mildly surprised to not have an answer before Monday. Should I be?
What is the expectation of teachers when students, parents and colleagues email(or text, snapchat, Facebook, Google+, Linked in, twitter etc) during evenings, late at night, weekends, holidays etc… Is there an expectation, obligation or contractual requirement to respond?
I don’t know. When interviewing for new teachers is their attitude to responding to communications outside of “standard hours” a legitimate question to discuss?
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Following a list-serve discussion about the merits of teaching typing as part of a computing course I ran a 3 minute speed/accuracy typing test on around 90 of my students. About 60% were average or better. 40% were considered slow. Some questions:
- Is speed/touch typing a useful skill? Absolutely.
- Is it essential for success? Probably not in my view. Providing you can type as fast as you can think…
- Who and where should “typing be taught”. At primary school as part of English in my view, in the same way as printing is taught. At secondary school, probably as a standalone course for some students… a bit like remedial English classes.
BUT: Will students with “slow” typing skills be disadvantaged when it comes to online assessments? (seen as inevitable)
Overheard Year 9 student telling her teacher…
“I didn’t write a paragraph about how to manage myself because I forgot my self management device”
So I went to see Fantastic Four(F4) tonight. Yes, Fantastic Four. After the F4 trailer came on I got suspicious, once Michael Douglas appeared I knew there was a problem. Never mind none of us had seen Ant Man before… A quick review of the tickets after an enjoyable movie revealed, indeed we had purchased ticket for F4, only problem is… subsequent to our booking the movie release was pushed out a week.
As a consequence the Empire Cinema & Eatery gave us complementary tickets to F4 next week and our money back. I genuinely felt bad, it’s not like we didn’t enjoy ourselves regardless of what movie we ultimately saw. Free tickets would have been more than enough. Outstanding customer service!
I thought this was quite interesting. The survey was anonymous and the material incorporated into a web site assessment. The sample size is around 33% of the school roll.
Permission to reproduce provided by Ella Childs, Year 12 student.
Source Ella Childs Year 12 student
While most students (80.2%) did not like the idea at all last year, most students have now warmed up to the idea. 25.4% of the students like 100 minute periods, 38.9% of the students said that they are not as bad as they thought they would be, and 6.3% chose other, most of which said ‘it depends on the subject’. This shows that although almost all of the students (80.4%) hated the idea last year, they have nearly all changed their mind, and 70.6% of students don’t mind 100 minute periods. I believe that this shows that students didn’t really believe that 100 minute periods were a bad idea, they were just afraid of change. This is completely normal! Most people are afraid of change and wary of the unknown. However, it is important to give things a try, as you never know, you may actually like them!
Why? Who knows? Just read it at home I guess.