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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Thursday, February 7, 2008

The inmates are running the asylum!!!!

Dear Warden (err...I mean, Principal),
It has come to my attention that the inmates are now currently running the asylum that you claim to be in charge of. Your officers (teachers) are tired and exhausted of the countless hours of chasing inmates (students) through the halls to tuck in their shirts, pull their pants up, and cover their boobs. This is just one of the many duties they are tired of. To add a few more, they are tired of piles of paperwork that must be done yesterday when you won't allow them in the building past 7:30 PM Monday through Friday. To think that one might want to use a weekend day to catch up is just unheard of and impossible. Covering for other officers is another thing…when you get asked at 7:30 to cover a shift and they say that you are the only option and you have a meeting, what are you to do? The inmates cannot be unsupervised! When I personally covered today, there was food all over the place, inmates standing on top of the desks, inmates sleeping, or just some general disrespect. I had absolutely no standing in that unit because of how he allows the inmates to act. I do not want to cover for that officer any further until he gets his inmates under control in his unit! But again, that just added to the already mile high stack of paperwork I had to do once the write-ups began! There are drugs everywhere in plain sight and your officers do the appropriate paperwork and go through the proper channels, yet the inmates receive no punishment for their actions. How can control be maintained if you, as the warden, aren’t following up on the paperwork? You don't even address the issues half of the time! Warden, I'm sure that you know this is going on because you can't be seen for the stacks of paperwork on your desk (or is that your cover to go play a round of golf or two?) and forget the phone messages and emails left by the inmates families about when they may be paroled back into "real life". I have to wonder if you and Deputy Dan (SRO) are out enjoying that round of golf because it’s obvious neither of you are concerned about the asylum. The recreational room (ISS) is so full that you might want to consider knocking out a few more walls and maybe give your commanding officer there a raise because "she must be doing something right for them to behave in her room". Oh yeah, and what about all of those on death row (students who are failing)? They are piling up by the hundreds right now. There is no more room for them. What do you want your officers to do to ensure that they only have to serve 4 more years or less? Surely you don't mean to just pile on more paperwork since you have already limited them to certain hours.

What your officers need, dear sir, is SUPPORT and ENCOURAGEMENT. Dealing with inmates is not an easy job, as you may well suspect. Your staff needs to feel that they are safe to take risks (you tell them to, yet when they do, the hammer comes down), have time to teach these inmates how to conduct themselves in society so when they leave they will be productive citizens, and have the support and encouragement that every human being needs. Your officers do not feel supported or encouraged by the actions that have taken place lately and you may begin to lose highly qualified officers if you continue to allow these things to happen. The inmates should not be running the asylum, and to that, many would agree. However your theory of “it needs to start with the staff” is not entirely true. You have a very hard working officer staff who strives for consistency. The question is whether or not you support them in their decisions and give them some flexibility to move and breathe on certain matters. It will take a lot on your part to be more visible and rigorous in your job as well. Your staff does a lot of the grunt work for you, you simply respond to the major issues. Your staff would appreciate more backing from you, more support in what is being done, and more of a presence to remind the inmates that this is your asylum, and not theirs, to run.

A Concerned Officer


Jessie H said...


I loved your post! I think you should submit it to the editorial section of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Here's the email address for submissions--

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Victoria said...

As I read your blog, I couldn't stop laughing because I've taught in a school like this my first year as a sub. I took on a long term assignment and the administration was the worst. I agree with Jessie, submit it PLEASE, and let the truth be told about issues affecting us as educators.

Mortissa said...

Your post was awesome. You know that I can relate. I am sure that all of us agree with you. As Jessie stated, I think you should submit your post to the AJC. I am sure you will get great feedback. I am in your situation now and really wish things were different, but unfortunately, we just do what we can. Keep you head up!

jjumack said...

Your assessment of the asylum sounds like my place of employment. It's scary to know this is the scene in several of our schools. By the way, the quote was right on time.