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General Chat / Re: aobama52?
« on: June 09, 2010, 07:54:24 PM »
This member has been banned and all his posts removed...thanks for the notice...any time you see spam please hit 'report to moderator'...we try to filter all new applicants to the Forum, unfortunately some spammers do get through...

Contact Webmaster / Re: I lost my microsoft id
« on: May 11, 2010, 08:35:24 PM »
mmm dont know how this person was able to post - she was banned some time ago...

New Educators / Re: Does an MT make a difference?
« on: May 11, 2010, 08:31:51 PM »
I can only speak from personal experience: do the masters. It allows you to teach and move on to something else when you get tired of classroom teaching.

General Chat / Re: Maybe this is why new teachers can't get work...
« on: April 20, 2010, 02:32:37 AM »
"According to the TDSB, the difference is $195 a day for someone with no experience, compared to $435 a day for a retired teacher at the top of the pay scale. "

If TDSB is paying anyone $435/day then there is your problem. There should be a set daily rate of pay for all substitutes - regardless of age or experience or whatever...we have it here in BC...and it is about the same as what TDSB is apparently paying for 'inexperienced' TOC's.

Introduce Yourself / Re: Hey!
« on: April 13, 2010, 10:51:33 AM »
Welcome Corrupt Tears...glad to have you on board!

Introduce Yourself / Re: Nice to Meet You
« on: April 11, 2010, 12:24:17 AM »
Welcome edu_kate. I am an 'old dog' also...nice to have you on board.

Introduce Yourself / Re: Wazzup fellow pedagogues?
« on: March 13, 2010, 01:53:58 AM »
Welcome Peter

Glad to have you, and your enthusiasm, on board!

New Educators / Re: Invitation For Early Interview (TDSB)
« on: March 05, 2010, 11:38:24 PM »
Further to my comments and banning of blackmaleteache...I was so angry after reading his comments that I could not wait to fire off a quick response and ban him. What I should have added to my comments was:

I apologize, members, for the comments of this irresponsible person. There were some obvious signs in his previous posts that
 I missed. I want to thank all of you for being ethical, responsible and above all, valuable contributors to the success of this Forum.

It is Spring Break here in sunny BC...and I am going out to enjoy it!


Teacher Freebies / Re:
« on: March 05, 2010, 11:13:00 PM »
true...but no contest...FF is not secure, does not auto-log-on and does not allow multiple logs for same site (such as multiple gmail accounts/wordpress accts./etc...

New Educators / Re: Invitation For Early Interview (TDSB)
« on: March 04, 2010, 08:09:04 PM »
Blackmaleteacher - I will not waste my time explaining in detail why I am banning you - it would obviously be a waste of time - suffice it to say (in terms you will probably understand) you are a jerk and a disgrace to the profession - certainly not someone I want in this Forum's membership.

New Educators / Re: Interview Questions
« on: March 03, 2010, 09:22:44 PM »

thanks for this posting - it is a valuable piece of information for those preparing for interviews. I am very happy to see members, such as yourself, creating excellent posts such as this. This is what Phil and I envisioned for this Forum.

Teacher Freebies /
« on: February 23, 2010, 10:01:10 PM »
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General Chat / Re: First Year Teaching
« on: February 16, 2010, 03:16:43 AM »

I read about your problems and I had to respond. I have been in a similar situation and it is not pleasant. My advice to you is get admin into the act immediately. Calling parents is something to do after you have admin support. Besides, you are most likely calling parents who are responsible for the bad behavior of the student in the first place and it is a waste of time. Do not tolerate ANYTHING when it comes to the students in question. Any smart remarks. Any sideways glances. Send them to the VP (who usually is responsible for this kind of support). Just make sure you have Admin's support first.

As for worrying about their education. Forget that issue. Your responsibility as a teacher is to ensure a safe and positive environment for the other students. If a few are foolish and immature enough to ruin their chances in your class - that is not your problem - focus on the ones who want to learn and literally give the boot to those who do not.

I often recall the word of my favourite High School teacher: " This class is not a democracy. It is an enlightened monarchy." are in charge and don't let the students forget it.

Teacher Freebies /
« on: January 22, 2010, 12:56:08 AM »
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Teacher Freebies / a free site worth checking out
« on: January 13, 2010, 03:11:06 AM »
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