Saturday, April 04, 2009

How do ya like us NOW?

Have you all seen the news?

I am so proud to be from Iowa. Again.

Thursday, April 02, 2009


No, I didn't just adopt a child. Mr. Teacher over at Learn Me Good sponsored a Blogswap in honor of the April Fool holiday. So, yesterday's post was not written by me at all. It was instead written by the teacher-turned-media-specialist, Chad Lehman over at IMC GUY. He poses s very interesting scenario- that of choosing one's colleagues. Personally, if I only worked with people I liked, I'd have no one to make fun of while at work. Not that I'd ever do that or anything.

So, where was MY post in all of this? Why, it was playing with the Cool Kids, over atScheiss Weekly. Check her out- she calls'em like she sees 'em- especially when it involves over-indulgent parents and children with no manners or self control. She's my hero, but I'll spare you all that terrible Bette Midler song...

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Choosing Your Colleagues

Wanna play boss? If you could, who would you pick to be the teachers in your school? Do you ever wonder what it would be like if you could pick the teachers in your building yourself? Would it be pretty easy to decide who you would “let go”? What would you base your decision for keeping people on? People who are fun? People you get along with? Good teachers? Hard workers? People who don’t complain? Would you want your friends there? For those on their way out, would you like to be Donald Trump and utter those famous two words? Interesting thought, huh?

This may not be as easy as it sounds, but it might make going to work a little more fun. If you work in a district with many schools, picking someone for each grade might not be as difficult as it is for someone who works in a smaller district because of the pool of talent to choose from. Regardless, it might be a rather interesting task to hand pick your colleagues. For most us, though, this is impossible. There were people who were already in our school when we arrived and others who have arrived since, without our consent.

For lack of a better term, we are “stuck” with those in our buildings. For me, like you, that’s probably good in many cases, and not so good in others. I hope we all work in a place where we have friends, people we can talk to about school related issues as well as things happening outside of school. I hope you are in a place with people who push you, challenge you, and make you think. And, people who make you laugh. We all have people that drive us a little nuts – the teacher who seems to be doing the same thing she (or he) did twenty years ago. The teacher who keeps asking the same question over and over, even though you’ve given the answer more times than you can remember. The teacher who refuses to use email. The teacher who complains about everything and nothing at the same time. I bet you have someone pictured in your head right now who would be on the top of your list to get rid of.

Regardless of your situation, realize that these are the people we spend a lot of time with. Whether we like them or not, they are our colleagues and we have to deal with them the best we can – we can’t simply trade them in for a better model. Now, if we could only do something about choosing our students…..