Teacher Talk Tuesday
So, we will be a High School That Works next year. It was just announced last week. We could go to Nashville this summer if we want to learn more about it at the national conference. We've been assured that all of our PLC work will not be for naught, that it will just be repackaged under a different name.
The thing that I hate about all of this is that we have shelves full of binders that contain reams of handouts outlining all kinds of cure-alls for what ails our schools. What ails our schools is societal. We can't fix it all. I hate that we are going to some "canned" program that won't necessarily be administered the way in which it was intended. This year we've had a lot of changes that have sucked time away from us. We've been forced to use a different grading program that allows parents access to their kids' grades, which is fine, but the program is horrible. We've been given a 30 minute duty (mostly hall monitoring) during our prep, which isn't so horrible because we are on block scheduling, so our prep is 90 minutes. We can correct papers during that time, but gathering up our gear to get there is a pain. We've got new office staff- in the main office and guidance. The women they replaced retired, and let me tell you, they don't make secretaries like they used to. Those women were amazing- I can't help but wonder if they would have been born at a different time, would they have gone to college, worked in a different field- one other than being a secretary for the public schools and earning $12/hour? We also have a new Athletic Director, Activities Director, both are "Assistant Principals" and earn an admistrator's salary. One is all of about 28 years old. We also have a new Associate Principal. I never knew there was a difference between "assistant" and "associate", but at my school, I guess there is.
Other changes- they want us to work toward having common assessments and basically being on the same page on the same day. We have "literacy initiatives" that are pretty much what we all do any way, but we have to write up little forms that prove we are doing them. Luckily we have a principal who knows this is bullshit, so he lets us jump through the hoop without much intervention from him. Oh, and they are doing a major construction project as well.
Is it June yet?
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