Well today - one month into school - we had a meeting about lesson plans.
The form we are to use is completely incomprehensible. I would love to follow it but no joke, it doesn't flow. So, I will be doing a plan then cutting and pasting to make their form work.
What got me about the meeting was the lecture that we need this because we do not teach in lockstep. OK they worded it more positively than that, something about not being in sync.
1) we have no book and have had no book for 4 years and will probably never have a book again
2) so, we teach by worksheets - God forbid, we share resources so no 2 of us use the same worksheet.
3) we do not have common planning. Unless you harangue teachers, they do not show up after school - and sometimes haranguing is not enough, and a piece of crap lesson plan format will solve the dysfunction?
But it's ok. We will spend hours adapting to this new format - which cannot use anything from last year's. They tell us we will do all this work this year but will be able to use them next year. Which is the same thing they told us the year before. And the year before. And the year before . . . .
I got inspired this morning since I really don't get a feel for what is happening when I look at radar. So I have been looking at traffic cameras in various cities. Virginia is looking good, New York looks wet and deserted. It doesn't appear to be doing much in Boston.
If you have no idea how to use Microsoft Office Products then do us all a favor and DO NOT CREATE FORMS. It is beyond a pain in the butt to fix your inane formatting because you do not know enough to know you do not know what you are doing.
For more Six Word Saturday participants, click here. Hurricane Irene should come ashore at Morehead City, NC in the next few hours. She is a category 2,may downgrade to a 1, still going to be a lot of "sound and fury".
I hope all my friends and relations along the East Coast get needed rain but no trauma.
It's a great day to make a big pot of chili and plan to eat that for a while!!
… when someone asks you to send them a file that you sent them a year ago?
… and they don’t give you the right name of the file?.
… And after you find it and send it, they then ask you where an acronym comes from. Which is the first thing in the file you just sent. Which they haven’t even opened and looked at before they emailed you?
…when someone comes in your room wanting you to do something for them and you are on the computer (actually working not writing vents) and there is air of disdain that you didn’t jump? And it is another teacher who should know better?
...when someone makes a big deal about misspelled words and using the right word - and keeps using the following in powerpoints: "if they do blah blah, they will loose their benefits"
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Of course they can.
I am taking a course and I am SOOOOO tired of powerpoints. I am tired of misspelled words. Of the wrong words. Of mispronounced words. (of teachers not knowing what the words mean.) Of being read to.
Of being read to in a monotone.
But what is really frosting my butt this week is the unprofessional behavior.
My fellow students are irritated because one professor is making us read the entire book. (oh, the horror). And he keeps us the entire time. (Can you imagine?) And - really? - actually makes us participate in discussion.
So they are complaining - every. single. week. - to ANOTHER PROFESSOR IN THE SAME SCHOOL.
I wonder how long it is before every professor keeps us the entire time and makes us read the entire book.
I wonder how they feel when students complain to them about other teachers? Probably like it.
What about when students complain about them to other teachers?
(In case I am not making it clear: the students are teachers themselves - pursuing another degree. The implication is that they already have a degree. I am waiting for proof. LOL)
I want to keep upbeat, but it feels like the flip side of the past few years.
I know several of us told New Guy that one of the things that beat us down was getting emails addressed to everyone that only reflected on a few slackers. You know - emailing the world because 3 people are constantly late. So, today I got emails on
• Wearing overalls to school (last overalls I owned were OshKosh which should say something)
• Proper dress: no short skirts (check), flip flops (check), wobbly heels (check), running pants (really? Check)
• If you are late make sure you see the administrator (they already told us this. I am never late)
• Turn in your contact information (fourth request – did mine the first time)
• Stand outside your door between classes (I am usually the only one there)
Send the email to the offender not everyone. I guarantee this way, the offender thinks it isn't them.
I cannot get New Guy to sign a form for school. I have asked daily for a month, and weekly since. I feel unimportant.
I used to see The Hulk all the time (and I tried to avoid him so he would leave me alone). You cannot find New Guy. May start calling him Casper.
He is telling us to do things that legally he can't. Not cheating-on-a-test illegal. But things that would not be upheld in court. He has to know this. Teachers have gently reminded him of some (because we like him and want him to succeed) - and he keeps pushing things that would work in private school but not here. I expect him to start reciting the Lord's Prayer soon.
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The article I posted about here has really caused me to rethink my postings on this page. I won't be going public because I have been a little catty in some of the things I have said. And probably will say again.
My goal for this year is to not pick on the kids so much. I changed my first day delivery and the week has been wonderful. A little talking (expect that), a few forgetting on Friday what you said on Wednesday and Thursday (expect that) but generally more willingness to follow the rules.
The kids in first do not all say the pledge but this year they are standing and being quiet.
I want to keep that. And some of it is showing respect - and some of it is that article I have mentioned that is haunting me. Have I laughed at their misfortune?
Adults? They are fair game. The "absents" teacher will not be able to help herself and I will be ratting her out. The completely unprofessional teacher as well.
I think I was clearer in my goals. I did two things differently that I want to sustain. And share.
1) Had each student fill out one side of a small index card with their name, what they are interested in. On the other side, in sharpie, I wrote their name large enough to see - so I have six decks of cards. I will shuffle those and that is what I will use to randomly select students to work on the board, answer questions, etc.
2) We do not have books in math. I can still teach - it means I invent or borrow whatever I use. This also means there is no book for the kids to take home. So, this year I am numbering the worksheets as I hand them out - we are creating our own book.
I know elementary does this sort of thing. I could not imagine doing this in HS but cannot see another way to provide one.
"It happened to them," were the four words that shut me and the other teachers up. "It happened to them, not to you. You tell the stories like it's some kind of entertainment, but it happened to them—the kids. They are the ones who 30 years from now will remember these stories with tears in their eyes."