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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?

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Open mic, March 30 -The Heat is on

I pray that this week is nothing like last week, but deep down, I know it's going to get worst. The police has been on a stake out at our school all last week. We had to have the paddy wagon waiting out back for at least 3 days straight. Have the students lost their mind? There has been fight after fight after fight and not just individual ones, brawls. Students have been getting text messages and all kinds of threats going around. On Friday, someone threatened to have a shoot out in the cafeteria so a lot of students didn't come to school on Friday. This is getting absolutely ridiculous and through it all the communication as poor. Parents are coming to school upset because their children are getting these threatening text messages and the administration is not passing anything on to us so that we can be their eyes and ears. I am sure with the weather changing, it is only going to get worse. Hopefully this week will be better.


Connie said...

Mortissa, hang in there. My school has had lots of violence this year too. But sounds like your school is having even more violence than mine.

It is a sad statement of our society that there is this much violence in our schools. When I was in high school I wouldn't have dreamed of doing anything out of line because I was afraid of what the consequences might be, not only from the principle but also from my parents. Plus I had a very strong sense of what was right and what was wrong.

Today's kids have no fears of any consequences. The kids are in charge instead of the adults. Until that turns around I think matters will only get worse in our schools before it gets better.

The kids also have no sense of right and wrong. They don't seem to understand the concept of doing something because it is the right thing to do. Their views of right and wrong are either distorted or nonexistent. Sad, isnt' it?

The violence in schools is another big thing that we should advise new teachers about. It is a shock to some new teachers. They simply are not expecting the behavior and discipline issues.

I don't know what the answer is, but I am afraid the problem will get much worse before it gets better.

It is not a good feeling to go to work and feel unsafe. Yet this is exactly what is happening to teachers.

Be careful, Mortissa. And be safe.

Julie J. said...

I agree with what Connie said. I don't have any words of wisdom to add or anything that would help other than I'm praying for you. You and your school system have had a tumultuous year and you definately didn't need to have these extra issues to deal with. Keep your head up Mortissa!