The Teacher's LoungeAlways wanted to have access to the teacher's lounge.  Do we have a coke machine and a couch in here or what.

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Rather unprofessionally, the teachers' lounge is also a place to off-load and complain about annoying students! I am reading My Name is Asher Lev at the moment, which I am really enjoying greatly - all about the struggle to be an artist and defining yourself by your talent.

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Yes, as teachers, we use the lunch room as our quick way of shoving food down our throats and crabbing about our day.  We are overworked and underpaid.  We should, however, do ourselves some good mentally instead by talking about positives in our lives or classes.  It is very hard to get caught up in the daily shuffle.

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The Teacher's Lounge

Always wanted to have access to the teacher's lounge.  Do we have a coke machine and a couch in here or what.

Call me anti-social, but I usually just graze through the lounge, check my mail, and get out.  I really can't stand small talk and hearing other teachers belittling students that I really like.

I am right with you on that. There is often way too much negativity in the teachers lounge. I think this is unhealty for a couple of reasons. First of all, what we are focusing on is what we are going to see. Second, there are teachers who complain about a kid, get validation from others that yes, this is a rotten kid, and then stop really trying to help them because everyone else agrees that the kid is just rotten. It seems to me to be a bit of a cop-out. Plus I am just way too busy most days to spend much time in the teacher's lounge anyway.

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Here's a brief prediction about the Twilight series: Like Harry Potter, this temporary craze will also pass. Kids will devour it until it becomes unfashionable or obsolete, and then trade it out for some new novel that seems mildly rebellious.

I'm not a big fan of the series, mostly because of the werewolf-vampire factor. It mostly boils down to my own personal tastes, and I wouldn't discourage kids from reading it, but I'd probably recommend something a little more beneficial for their fluency. 

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I barely have time to read anything once the school year begins, but I did read the entire Twilight series in August. So many of my students are loving it. I agree that the quality isn't the best, but I am also glad that they are reading something. I read them because I think it is so important to know about the books your students are reading whenever possible. I enjoyed them. I thought they were cute, fun reads and they reminded me of being a teenager myself.

Now, I am re-reading Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne. I am enjoying it even more the second time around.

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I second that! What's everybody reading these days? One of my students is dying for me to read the Ranger's Apprentice series. He is into computer gaming and knows that I love most things medieval and that I play some of the games he plays. So he checked out the book from the library for me. It's pretty interesting but is definitely for adolescents. I'm also trying to read Twilight. I just can't get into it.

 I have really been making an effort to keep up with children's lit.  Recently, my 6th grader niece has been reading the "Twilight" series, but I currently do not recommend it to my 6th grade students because of mature content.  I think kids will read it anyway, especially when the content may be "older" than they are.  That is typical for children in this age range.  I do not encourage or discourage it. 

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Teacher's Lounge, I barely have time to read a newspaper.  I start to read at night, but usually end up falling asleep.  I read literature, 10th and 11th grade, as well as a history/sociology type class that I named Pop Culture, I read to prepare for my classes.  I have a great need to be very prepared with details so in I can make a full and thorough presentation on the material that I am teaching.

Although, I would like to ask for help with discipline.  I work in a small school, it is a mix of mainstream students who failed in mainstream schools, most have rules about failing more than two classes, mixed with some, I believe undiagnosed Special Ed students. 

In conjunction with students who are habitual class cutters from public school.  So our private school for them feels like jail.  We are a great staff of caring and educated teachers.  However, some of the behavior can be challenging.  The usual techniques don't always work, detention, throwing out of class, isolation seat next to teacher's desk, or extra homework. 

I get these challenging looks from some kids whose parents sacrifice financially to send them to our school, they look like they are ready to attack any adult in their line of vision.  Their hostility is difficult to break through.  While for the students it is very amusing.  Inevitably, the student is taken out of the class, but he or she comes back, and I try to deal with this attitude with patience and kindness, it doesn't always work.

ANY IDEAS?

THANKS, PHYLLIS MIRANDA

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I am reading Carlile v. Harbour Homes, Inc., 194 P.3d 280 (2008).

Invigorating.

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I heve been teaching 5th and 6th grade for 5 years and now I'm teaching 4th. I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for a read aloud? I've been through the Superfudge series and I'm not sure where to go next. Please do not say Harry Potter or Twilight. I need books that I can finish in about 2-3 weeks and are not movies. Thanks.

Take a look at these: The Cay, Maniac Magee, Just Juice, Old Yeller.

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I just started reading Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon. Like his last book, Mason and Dixon, it's very long but so far it's incredible!

You have more patience than I do. Do you ascribe to the theory that Pynchon is not a real person but a group of writers?

I hadn't heard that theory but just last night I said to my wife "I can't believe that one guy can write this!"

The amount of historical knowledge, vocabulary, and styles used in Pynchon's works is staggering, although I think it would be difficult to write something that's that cohesive and propulsive by committee.

J. D. Salinger was a possibility too. Check out these web sites:

http://www.salinger.org/index.php?title=Legends

http://www.strangehorizons.com/reviews/2007/02/against_the_day.shtml

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Number 8 that was pretty funny.  But you're kinda hatin' on the Lounge.  Every lounge needs a couch!  Maybe you call it a SO-FA.  Anyway, keep the duplex in the men's corner over there or whatever you're talkin and let's meet up in the lounge for a smoke and a coke.

No, no. We're a smoke-free building. You have to go to the boiler room for a smoke.

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I just started reading Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon. Like his last book, Mason and Dixon, it's very long but so far it's incredible!

You have more patience than I do. Do you ascribe to the theory that Pynchon is not a real person but a group of writers?

I hadn't heard that theory but just last night I said to my wife "I can't believe that one guy can write this!"

The amount of historical knowledge, vocabulary, and styles used in Pynchon's works is staggering, although I think it would be difficult to write something that's that cohesive and propulsive by committee.

Some people thought that a group of authors, including Kurt Vonnegut, each wrote a chapter for Gravity's Rainbow.

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Number 8 that was pretty funny.  But you're kinda hatin' on the Lounge.  Every lounge needs a couch!  Maybe you call it a SO-FA.  Anyway, keep the duplex in the men's corner over there or whatever you're talkin and let's meet up in the lounge for a smoke and a coke.

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I heve been teaching 5th and 6th grade for 5 years and now I'm teaching 4th. I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for a read aloud? I've been through the Superfudge series and I'm not sure where to go next. Please do not say Harry Potter or Twilight. I need books that I can finish in about 2-3 weeks and are not movies. Thanks.

I think the only book I remember my 4th grade teacher reading to us was Where the Red Fern Grows. I can't remember ever being so enthralled. It's a bit heartbreaking as I recall.

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Yippee! The teacher's lounge.  I am currently reading The Secret, which I have wanted to read for some time.  Interesting book. I am "into" self-reflection books right now. 

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