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1. Only use your first name (no last names, addresses, IM screen names, etc.)
2. Show respect and consideration of others when posting and commenting. This includes individuals, students, organizations, political parties, colleagues, etc.
3. Check all posts for spelling and grammar errors before posting.
4. Protect the privacy of others. Gain permission from other people before you write about them. Avoid sharing someone else's last name. Use job titles or pseudonyms when writing about experiences with your co-workers or students.
5. Watch your language. Use politically correct and non-offensive language.
6. Make sure you write about things that are factual.
7. Keep your postings education-oriented. Avoid discussing plans for the weekend, etc.

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 8, 2008

Stupidity of Administrative Crap

When I was in High School ( April 15, in the Year of our Lord-Knows-When!) our parents were given a sheet of paper that had the classes we needed to take in order to graduate...then on a Saturday, we went to the gym and stood in the line, of the classes we needed; signed the official "okie-dokie" of the teacher and we were in! The only problem experienced by the teacher was the occasional need for a pee-pee break on that Saturday.

Advisement is the biggest lie ever perpetrated on "teacher-dom". I didn't spoon feed my infant daughter (back when moses was a carpenter) as much! The past 4 weeks I have...Gone to three departmental meetings, a staff meeting, three Advisement training sessions, two new teacher meetings, a fire, intruder and tornado drill, an occasional pee-pee break and...lunch room duty for a total of ten days! My classes are behind by a week.

Add to that this the night I was recruited to be a timer at our county swim meet (My eyes were red with chlorine , I almost fell in twice, and I know I swallowed some water I'm certain those students had peed in!) and I had less that three class days to teach!

When does education become educating the kids? Why are there so many administrative functions? Why do I itch here? I'm learning as a new teacher that the dog needs feeding but there are no bones...just cartiledge ! (Yech!).



Jessie H said...

Another great post. This would make a great open mike skit at a comedy club. Maybe you should talk to JaJuan. The two of you could embark on a standup comedy adventure together. Keep your sense of humor in tact. You know, you just gotta' love it!

Connie said...

I loved it too! Terrific!

Julie J. said...

Ya know, I'm finding that I'm not only the school nurse and a healthcare teacher, but I'm also the school cop. What I really want to know is when I'm going to get my badge and pay raise?!?! I was so #$%*#$*@* off today when the SRO heard me confronting a student in the hall about his dress code issues and the students was smarting off to me and he was sitting in his office laughing. What a joke HE is!

JaJuan said...

I read your comment on my blog....I would think out of all people you would understand and appreciate the "saying" in it's purest form instead of grading it like you were an "ENGLISH PROFESSOR"....surely you know that I meant to use "AIN'T" in my comment(hence the abbreviations)