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I’d mentioned way back when that my school was taken over by the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools – Mayor Villaraigosa’s political effort to do something about education. After the first year, he’s quite happy to be able to take credit for some big progress. I could go on the usual rant here about politicians […]

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Sometimes you’re just fed the right straight lines. From a comment on my previous post: “Learn to keep your door closed and locked and your phone off the hook.” The thing is, I’d already come to this conclusion on my own. All1 of the teachers that I respected at that school followed this strategy. They […]

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This post has been a long time coming. I’ve obviously dropped off on posting for a while. I’ve been blocked. As you can tell, from reading back a bit, a big part of that has been due to my frustrations and feelings of failure. I’ve been thinking of how to express those, how to evaluate […]

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Start School When?

I’m seeing a bunch of teacher blogs about getting ready for school in a week or two. The back to school ads are out in force. I’m still almost four weeks away from the first day of class. Which is okay, I guess. I’m enjoying my summer. But, we also have a month and a […]

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Politics

I don’t discuss politics much in class. I did on Wednesday (after the elections), but more with the intent of modeling polite civil discourse than persuasive argument. Today’s quiz was a bit short, so I grabbed a couple of images from zefrank’s latest project and threw them up in a slide deck. It’s not quite […]

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Politics at school

Apparently the teachers union supports Barrack Obama. I know this because our union rep was handing out Obama stickers for us to wear in class. Don’t we want our kids to think? Don’t we have an obligation to remove the advertising and name recognition bullshit from this one part of their environment and replace it […]

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Political Pain

I like our new principal. I like the ideals of our partnership. I like the stuff they promised us. But, they’re finding that they can’t deliver. The district has taken a “You want to show us how to make it succeed, go ahead, but we’re not doing your work for you” attitude, and the mayoral […]

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My Fat Mouth IV

Today I put my foot in my mouth – and not in a good way. I went to talk to one of the APs, who was talking to our new principal. After I’d finished the business I needed to discuss, I made some comment about this year going really well, much better than last year. […]

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??? 2.0

It’s a new year – and time for a new season of ??? I’m the new teacher coordinator – My job is to try to let them survive their first year. I am pretty happy with this group. There is one who seems to have some expectations that aren’t going to be met, but the […]

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Scores

I’ve been wondering how to address this, both in my head, and in how I present it to the world. We got our test scores back – the raw numbers, at least. Number of kids that I had who tested at Proficient or Advanced: Zero. That was kind of a shock. I’m used to my […]

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