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    Re: Should Kids go to School All Year?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mellie View Post
    I am a teacher, had about $60K in debt (private school), never take papers home to grade, never plan at home, hate the unions too...

    I had a teacher ask me one time if I ever take anything home. I explained to her that I used my planning time and even lunch to get things done. I also come in on Saturdays usually to get everything ready for the next couple weeks. My lesson plans are prepared two weeks ahead of time.

    She, however, is off immediately to the lounge or other teachers' rooms to sit and talk whenever she gets a break. She is always weeks behind on grading.

    P.S. I believe I'm paid very well. I make just as much or more than a lot of teachers who have been teaching longer than me.
    I always thought that is why kids are out for planning days: so that teachers can use those days to set up lesson plans. Also do any teachers use part of their vacation time to plan out lesson plans?

    Do you all get unemployment during summer or any pay?
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    Re: Should Kids go to School All Year?

    My son has to read 3 books this summer, and that's fine. For his first book, he picked a Goosebumps book, so I decorated a few rooms with creepy Halloween stuff.

    Do kids still like Goosebumps books?
    My kids loved them. That and "Choose your own adventure" books.
    They used to write their own Goosebumps stories, too.
    I gave them my old manual typewriter to write them on.
    They were pretty hilarious.

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    Re: Should Kids go to School All Year?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rightwingnutjob View Post
    Thanks for the reply Mellie. I'm still trying to decide whether I want my masters right after college or not. I figure if I can't get a job right out I'll go another year and grab my masters. I'm hoping with a degree in secondary ed, a major in biology and a masters I should be all set.
    I did my Masters right after I graduated with the Bachelors. I'm glad I did because I can't imagine going to college during the school year or even in the summer since it would take forever. What are you thinking of getting your Masters in?


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    Re: Should Kids go to School All Year?

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    This must be discussed with input from the children(this would be a first!) and input from the few "parents" who care.
    Check the attendance at a PTA meeting..
    So much improvement is necessary..
    So foolish just to think that Sweden sets any standards, how about China and Japan or Germany and Israel??
    The very worst are ours from the 18th century, yet we have people who embrace these.....
    Well most kids I know would probably say hell no to an all year school.

    Most parents I know also would say hell no
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    Re: Should Kids go to School All Year?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1069 View Post
    Do kids still like Goosebumps books?
    My kids loved them. That and "Choose your own adventure" books.
    They used to write their own Goosebumps stories, too.
    I gave them my old manual typewriter to write them on.
    They were pretty hilarious.
    Yep. My students still love both of those. Most can't read or don't want to read something that long so they just check out a Goosebumps, read a couple pages and then stuff it in their desk. However, there are a few that are really engaged in reading longer books and they love them.

    Fantasy is the most popular genre, though. Anything about wizards, witches, magic, dragons, .... they want to read it.

    And, of course, you have those kids that CAN read well, but they really hate it so they find the thinnest book they can find no matter what it's about. I have kids reading on a 4th grade level that I have to have little talks with when they only want to read Clifford or Biscuit.
    Last edited by Josie; 07-25-10 at 10:27 PM.


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    Re: Should Kids go to School All Year?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kali View Post
    Well most kids I know would probably say hell no to an all year school.

    Most parents I know also would say hell no
    Why most parents?


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    Re: Should Kids go to School All Year?

    Quote Originally Posted by StandUpChuck View Post
    I absolutely ADORE my 2 and half months off with my son in vactionland. But I do see the toll it takes on him. 2 and a half months break to too long. Kids *do* lose some of what they've learned, and the month of September is usually spent catching up. That's a waste. Because the kids and the teachers are all anxious and excited for the long break, the actual lessons taper off a few weeks before end of school. By Memorial Day weekend, my kid is usually done learning anything.

    Because so many families are unable or unwilling to have one parent home, many kids are warehoused in craptastic "camps" for the summer. Sure there are some excellent camps out there, but the affordable ones are often junk. I cannot imagine what kind of "break" it is to go to some dump in town with no place to swim (except on periodic field trips) 5 days a week usually from 8-5 and learn to make ice cream in a bag.

    With or without camp, my mom friends and I have come to expect what we refer to as the mid-summer meltdown. It happens every year without fail. Kids need and crave structure. When unstructured goes on for too long, kids do not do well. The meltdown ensues and lasts for about 2 weeks. Kids start to perk up again in August (ironically or not) when the back to school ads start airing.

    I also believe it sets people up for major disappointment when they enter the real world and find that they only get one week off each year.

    So I support year round school with a few well timed, longer breaks. Get rid of the one week off in November, December, February and April, and space things out better with a longer break. Then a month off in the summer.
    But a lot of people travel during November & December due to holidays and to see family.
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    Re: Should Kids go to School All Year?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mellie View Post
    Why most parents?
    I mean most parents I know and have talked to about this issue. Understand now?
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    Re: Should Kids go to School All Year?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kali View Post
    I always thought that is why kids are out for planning days: so that teachers can use those days to set up lesson plans. Also do any teachers use part of their vacation time to plan out lesson plans?

    Do you all get unemployment during summer or any pay?
    Days when the kids aren't there at all are used for conferences and meetings (some that can be used toward certification). Also in those days is time for the teachers to work in their classrooms on grades or lesson plans.

    I do not get unemployment in the summer. That's an interesting idea, though. I wonder if it's legal to do that... In our district we get to choose at the beginning of the year whether we want to be paid for 12 months or 9 months. I chose 9 months this past year and just saved money throughout the year to pay for my summer bills. My next paycheck will be in September.
    Last edited by Josie; 07-25-10 at 10:31 PM.


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    Re: Should Kids go to School All Year?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kali View Post
    I mean most parents I know and have talked to about this issue. Understand now?
    Yes, I understood that in the first place. I was wondering why they think this way.


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