Teachers in a few of Washington State’s school districts have hinted at strikes to start the year (see here and here and here). To me, this is a bad idea on a couple fronts.
Firstly, one editorial writer notes that:
Facing a nearly $3 billion deficit, the Legislature isn’t likely to be more generous. In other industries [in Washington State], pay raises have been replaced by layoffs, weakening any sympathy teachers might otherwise engender. Continue reading
I found this meme on another blog, Where’s the Sun?, and decided to complete it:
Back To School Meme
Completed in Reference to (Self or Child): Self Continue reading
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I received a couple e-mails about how I start my classes each year. Last semester I started with the following activities, which I wrote about in January. It worked like a charm. Continue reading
As I was getting off the phone and after setting up an orientation meeting with a brand new teacher, she obviously didn’t realize she hadn’t hung up before saying to her husband after a high-pitched squeal, “I have my first meeting! Woo-hoo!” How cute is that?!
My rule of 90 is an axiom I believe will be true forever: 90% of the problems are caused by 10% of the people.
This continues to be true in my building as I found out today. I will attend my first department head retreat tomorrow, and on the agenda is whether or not we should keep having finals week. Apparently, a few teachers told kids not to come in on those days, played games, or had parties during the scheduled final time. When I asked how many teachers we’re talking about, I was told 8-10. That’s less than 10% of the teachers! Continue reading
Dilbert and I are kindred spirits in this cartoon. Have you ever felt the same way?
(Click the cartoon to enlarge it.)