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I feel like tumblr would be a great idea for students a and teachers to use if they have questions after class. For example, if a student didn't understand a question that was assigned and he didn't want to feel per-say 'dumb' for not understanding it, he could ask it in anonymous. I don't know, just an idea hahha :p

Anonymous

i think that’s one good way of interacting with students.  students can also ask questions through email.  but i also think that teachers making themselves available after class or during break time for students to come and ask questions is important as well.  for me, the interaction is crucial because i can actually see when a student actually understands the solution or if the student is still confused and i need to continue on.  i can’t get this through computer interactions.

I've been emailing my teacher for over a year now (regarding school stuff of course) and I know him fairly well enough to joke around every now and then. I know I'm supposed to remain a student and not attempt to be a friend, but at what point can the emails be a little more casual? It's so tiring being all formal when we have to email each other pretty regularly. Or is that just how it has to be?? Isn't that tiring for a teacher as well? Fyi just asking because I'm a lazy typer.

Anonymous

i’m not sure what you mean by more casual.  i guess it would depend on how casual you want to be.  i’m sure you don’t have to write “dear mr so and so”, you can say “hello mr x” or even “hey mr x” if you think thats appropriate (some schools are quite strict so it depends on your school), but i wouldn’t call him by his first name or anything.  i wouldn’t swear or use too much internet slang/short hand either, and i would always sign off with “sincerely” or however you end your emails because that’s just good manners, regardless of whether he does or not.  it’s good to get into good writing habits regardless who you’re writing to (outside your friends of course).  

xteacher

Have you ever wondered or get worried about how some students are having problems with their mental health? Sitting in class with suicidal thoughts, bullying. My teacher didn't understand and i feel like they blame me for it (which I know is my fault) that I couldn't keep up and all. But have you ever wondered how on some days your student struggle with problems like cutting or how much they rather be on a roof after class, jumping off. Have a great day you're amazing! x

first and foremost, i would suggest you see a counsellor or therapist if possible, in order to help you get the coping mechanisms you need, not just to handle school, but life as well.

as someone who suffers from major depression since high school, i often worry about the students who have mental health issues, and i hope that they have support around them to help them through as i do.  i know how isolating it is, so i personally make myself available to any student who wants to talk about it.  i also know it’s something that not everyone understands - other teachers and students.  i’m sorry that you feel that your teacher blames you for your feelings, and if this is affecting your learning then talking to someone who is in a position to help might help.  this can be another teacher you trust, or your guidance counsellor or a parent or guardian and talk about how you can handle yourself and your school work in a positive manner (and in a positive environment!), and maybe ways to have a better relationship with your teacher as well.

xteacher

So recently I had to turn a project in a day late because I had written the wrong turn in date on my planner. I accept complete responsibility for a late grade or even a zero so I'm not asking for special treatment. My teacher, instead of giving me a zero on the project, took off 25% of my grade which used to be a 100% I don't find this fair because I worked hard for my grade so I don't see why my teacher did this. I want to ask if they can just give me a zero, but I don't know how. Any advice?

Anonymous

i’m not entirely sure what the problem is: do you mean she took 25% off your overall grade in the class?  or you got 100% on the project and penalized you 25%?

if you prefer a 0 on the assignment then if you have a discussion with your teacher on it and explain your position, maybe your teacher will explain his/her position to you and you guys can come up with a solution together.

it’s normal practice to have a policy to have a certain percentage taken off the assignment’s mark with each day that’s late (aka 25% per day that it’s late).  if that’s the policy your teacher has set up and made those rules explicit in class, then it was something you should have expected.

if she took 25% off your overall mark then i would ask her how s/he came up with this.  my guess would be that you got a low mark on the project, and when your total mark was calculated from all of your assignments etc., then the low mark on your project brought your overall mark down.  that’s the only thing i can think of that makes sense.

tl;dr: late policies are normal but talk to your teacher.

hope that helps.

xteacher

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