AMA (Ask My Advice)
Let’s try something new, here! I am a high school teacher of 16 years. Full disclosure: I have taught every grade from 6-12, but have been teaching English in grades 8-12 for the last 10 years. For the next week, I will be answering your questions about anything and everything education…I will try to respond within a few hours of your asking the question, but definitely within one day! Let’s see how this goes!
Emily, i have numerous questions for someone with your experience, but will ask you two:
1) what is the biggest change in education in you years in a classroom; student behvior, admin, testing…etc?
2) how do you feel about common core?
Hi Emily. Thank you for doing this AMA. My question is about the use of technology in the classroom. My kids are high school aged and they have told me that some of the students in their classes are on their cell phones texting during class and that it is very distracting. And I personally think it is rude to the teacher and other students. Do you encounter these types of problems and if so, how do you deal with it? Should students be allowed to use technology in the classroom at all? Thank you!
My experience has been that magnet schools are no different than other public schools but may center around or be more focused on a specific subject (the arts or justice…) and often have newer nicer buildings with newer technology. Depending on where you
live, a magnet school might be better than the other options, but you really have to do your research…visit the school, see the class sizes and know your kid…In my town, we have fantastic public schhols and while we have magnet elementary schools they are equal to our non magnet elementary schools. They seem to be most needed in cities but research is still needed into graduation rates. Right now research tends to show that magnet and charter schools are not showing any real advantage over regular public schools overall….so it’s hard to generalize.