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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?

Friday, February 22, 2008

The Saga Continues

Thank you all for your comments, support, and encouragement during this week of dealing with some new issues for me. I want to especially thank our Public Safety folks for their wisdom and guidance. Jessie came to see me yesterday and was awesome as well.

I found out this morning, however, that this has happened again. A teacher in the middle school (which is in the same building as we are) was threatened yesterday by a middle schooler. That child was handled in a much different way, because that principal will not take anything off those kids. She is actually coming down on the high school administration for them not being tough enough on these kids! Therefore, I have a friend in the middle school.

Several teachers have come to me and told me that they will not return next year if things don't change soon. These are veteran teachers who have been here since creation. They are fed up. There is talk of having an emergency faculty meeting, if only we could get our administrators out from behind their desk.

On top of all that, we had a unofficial policy change that totally goes against our handbook (student AND teacher) yesterday afternoon. I can't even teach now for having to make sure I'm dotting all my i's and crossing all my t's while playing silent cop in the hallway.

Then this morning, I saw a student pass off a pill to another student. The resource officer can't see it on the tape, so nothing will be done. Guess my word doesn't mean anything anymore.


Jessie H said...

I think it's time to move up the chain-of-command. This is a leadership problem at your school that seems to be causes morale problems for you and for your colleagues. I think the public safety folks have given you excellent advice as well.

Perry said...

its not that your word doesnt matter..the law is very specific when an arrest can be made without a warrant..there are 4 or 5 exceptions..the main way we can arrest w/o is if we witness the crime..if the SRO interviewed the kid and he admitted to it the arrest most likely would be made..if he denied it the SRO theoretically would have to get a warrant listing you as a witness and thats only if the pill could be Identified...believe me nothing makes us happier than taking someone to the hooscow but our hands are tied alot of the times