Merit pay for teachers

We have a cool show here in Portland called Think Out Loud. They pick a subject and then have a panel of knowledgeable folks on the radio and let people call in with their thoughts, opinions etc. You can even post if you would like to join the conversation. edit: in my haste I didn’t…

home sick.

The end of the school year. It changes the dynamic of everything just enough. We went to the beach for Memorial Day, and I came home with quite the cold. So I am home, posting at 3:30 pm. And I am seeing the dust that has collected in this house after 9 months of 2…

Minnie Jean & how to get your kids to act right.

Such everyone called her.  We had the honor of hosting Minnie Jean Brown Trickey at our middle school last week.  For the uninitiated (like myself) Minnie Jean Brown Trickey was one of the Little Rock 9 from Central High when the U.S. desegregated schools.  Her story is pretty amazing so it was cool to have…

Cold

The thought occurred to me this week “What if the temp lingers between 34 and 59 degrees all summer?” like it has this spring.  Actually, 59 is balmy. I think I am listening to NPR too much and all their sounding of the environmental crisis alarm bells.

What do you do with a pregnant teacher?

There are times in life when I felt like people looked at me like a question mark. As in, I was a question mark. Like when I was a young adult and my parents worried about my future and my decisions. As a pregnant teacher I also feel like that. I am asked daily what…

Hay que practicar.

La habilidad de hablar espanol bien no se puede separar del tiempo que esta usado para comunicar. Como los musculos, hay que usarlos si no los quiere perder. Ya se que mi espanol tiene fallas, equivocaciones y todas variaciones de cosas no bien dicho, pero les pido la cortesia de ser simpaticos al iluminar las…

Madness

It is that time here. Standardized tests. I teach second year ESL kids. Some of them are in an American school for the first time. They are required to take the same reading test as kids who have been in the US all their lives. This isn’t really even amazing to anyone anymore. The chance…

Fight Valentines Day

Every now and then, there are fights in high schools. (a huge understatement) Today there was one right outside my classroom door. A latino boy who got popped in the nose. Blood was everywhere. Other teachers said that the kids who assaulted him were huge. Other kids said that one kid was down and another…

Teach

NEA Today magazine ran a special about teacher blogs. This is sort of a teacher blog except for the fact that I rarely talk about my teaching. Which is strange because it is really a huge part of my life. When I come home, stopping thinking about school is my first item of business. Sometimes…

Administrative Superpowers

Consider;  an executive without a desk, a zookeeper with animals but no habitats, an actor with no stage, a pilot with no cockpit.  Instead, the executive has a suitcase, the zookeeper has a large fenced area where animals roam intermingled, the actor has his body and the pilot has a seat in the economy section….