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Sat, May. 22nd, 2004, 11:57 pm
givemeattention: identity

Hi, my name is Dan and I'm going to be an English teacher. Currently I'm working towards my masters in teaching and subbing. Here is a question to throw out regarding bringing your Self into the classroom. A few days ago while subbing a student made an anti-semetic comment. So I told the student that I was Jewish and I didn't appreciate him making comments like that. Now I'm worrying - since I sub in a working class town - where there is likely to be more anti-semtism, if this is going to affect my teaching. Our the students not going to respect me because they don't understand Judaism. Should I have not even mentioned it? I think I should have, because maybe I can help make the students more understanding by having an open discussion on Judaism - and it's not like a christian teacher would think, should I mention that I'm going to my in-laws for Christmas?. But at the same time, what if the students are more adverse to learning from me. But maybe I'm not giving the kids enough credit, and maybe this one student is an exception. I guess this is even more of an issue for homosexual teachers: straight teachers don't have to worry about talking about their husbands or wives, but in many places I bet they'd fire you for saying anything about your gay partner.

Sat, May. 22nd, 2004, 06:17 am
orbadviser: in the beginning...

I look forward to seeing this new community get off the ground. Good idea. Have you posted a tag for it in "community_promo" or "teaching"?

Fri, May. 21st, 2004, 08:47 am
lady_reading: Welcome to the faculty lounge!

Come on in! Have a cup of coffee and exchange ideas, trade lesson plans, or just relax and talk about other things.

Kids think we only talk about them in here.

Wouldn't they be surprised!

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