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Cha-cha-cha-changes

From the Top We have a new Principal. She seems nice enough, if a bit young. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I have the feeling that our school needs a strong leader, someone who knows how they want things to be. And it seems that strength and vision comes primarily from experience. On the […]

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Interview Questions

So, I’ve been talking to teachers and administrators about where our school is going lately. The discussions have led me to spiral in on two primary questions1: 1. Given the inability to offer financial incentives, how else do you attract and retain superior teachers? 2. What immediate evidence should be apparent to show that your […]

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My Fat Mouth III

I was just elected math department chair for next year. It was mostly by virtue of my not ducking as quickly as everyone else. Do these people not know what they have done?

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My Fat Mouth II

Note: It appears that this may be an ongoing theme1 We’re in the middle of state testing. To lessen the stress on the kids, it’s spread out over 6 days, with a two hour test on each day, and 3 half hour periods of what is effectively goof off time. The kids get out at […]

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My Fat Mouth

I’ve been selected to be one of about a dozen teachers from our school to meet with the district superintendent about the new plan to improve our school. I don’t know who thought this would be a good idea. I’ve got a laundry list of why our school is failing, and it doesn’t start with […]

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“Research” Based.

I only knew about the National Math Advisory Panel Report from the blogosphere. But, since I was on vacation, I went ahead and read it. All 120 pages of it. And the one thing that struck me is a peeve I’ve had from my day one as a teacher: They repeatedly called for reliable research. […]

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I hate the union

They’re at every school. At least, they’re at every school I’ve ever taught at. They’re the teachers who hide behind the union, who every time we discuss some way of maybe improving something find an objection by quoting some obscure part of the contract that protects us from having to do that. I got cornered […]

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Politics

Whoops. I did it. I busted out the “politics” tag. So, I suppose it’s worth mentioning that the school I’m at is one of the low performing schools targeted by Mayor Villaraigosa’s Partnership for Los Angeles Schools. As things go along I’ll make note of how they’re going. I could try to be impartial, but […]

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Points of view

Searching around for info on my school district, it appears that this story is making the rounds on some local conservative politics blogs. I’m not quite sure what to make of it. As a matter of fact, I’m at this moment substituting in a 7th grade classroom at a school that perfectly matches the demographic […]

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