Monday, August 26, 2013
The first day of school went well. For the most part, the students are well behaved, however I have huge classes (30+) this year! Let's hope that there's enough funds to hire another teacher and/or some students transfer to a different school.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
*Sigh* To quote Lorraine Monroe, a gifted administrator & consultant, "when I think of the power of the crazy, creative maniacs who actually carried that first school where I taught and what a great school we could have created, I regret our timidity and lack of daring in not starting our own school." Heavy stuff.
Monday, August 12, 2013
It's hard writing here without giving away too many specifics... I'm neutral about this school year. This is my 8th year of teaching and I think I'm hitting that 'seasoned and hardened' stage. I know that I still have a lot to offer and yet... I know that I haven't found my 'ideal' situation yet. Is there even such a thing? Can I find it without relocating? Will this place/ position closely match my philosophy of teaching? I'm determined to find out. I know my next career move has to require that I step forward as a teacher-leader. I've been complacent for way too long. I currently have no interest in an administrative position. However, I would love to be a teacher-activist and I can see myself as a comfortable & knowledgeable presenter. So, I guess this year is all about taking those small steps to see those goals realized. Well, I do have an opportunity in October to present to a group of colleagues, so there's a start!
Monday, July 8, 2013
Saturday, November 17, 2012
So, I have a student who barely comes to school. When he does come, he's either high or otherwise disengaged with the learning process. Come to find out, he has a horrible home life (absentee father, abusive mother) and bounces from relative to relative. He was also 'cut a deal' last year, and allowed to pass, even though he hardly did any school work last year. Well, this student approached me on Friday and basically called me out on my stuff. He told me that he can tell that I think less of him and that he really does want to pass my class. I shared parts of my story with him (grew up with a drug addicted mother, was a teen mom) and I think we've come to a new agreement. I definitely needed the perspective.