Oh, Jim, not you, too? Did Mike Miles wine you and dine you during the Christmas break, or were you delusional from the obvious flu you were spreading around at a public meeting?
The Board of Trustees meeting that you attended was an obvious attempt at circling the wagons to protect their mistake of a hiring choice. His missteps are far more egregious than what was shown in the audit. Mark my words, there will be no improvement in performance this year because of his questionable mandates on how teachers teach. Tell me how someone who was only in the classroom for four years is an expert on education? Tell me again how teachers are the problem. Our classrooms are microcosms of society in general. I've got kids whose parent/s are incarcerated. I've got kids being raised by grandparents. I've got hungry students. I've got students who live with thirteen people crammed into a two bedroom house. I've got kids with lice (not the ever present nits, but the active, big, honking live critters). I've got kids with ADHD and no medicine because mom couldn't make it to the clinic. I've got kids who never, ever, come to class with any supplies. And I'm in elementary!
What I do not have is books. Good, meaty books that engage the reader. I do not have supplies - paper, markers, dry erase markers, or pencils. I do not have chairs that don't pinch the booty because they're about 30 years old and cracked. I do not have a clean room because of the cuts to our janitorial staff, so unless I get in there early to sweep, it doesn't get done.
I'm not making excuses, I could not look my kids in their eyes and not do the best I can for them. Before you look at "reform" measures in the classroom, wouldn't it be a good idea to look at what is being done right and build on those strengths? Why come in and throw out the baby with the bathwater?
"Our classrooms are microcosms of society in general. I've got kids whose parent/s are incarcerated. I've got kids being raised by grandparents. I've got hungry students. I've got students who live with thirteen people crammed into a two bedroom house. I've got kids with lice (not the ever present nits, but the active, big, honking live critters). I've got kids with ADHD and no medicine because mom couldn't make it to the clinic. "
These are excuses. Excuses. That is all they are. There is a huge body of evidence showing that children from the most detrimental backgrounds can be brought to full literacy and numeracy by the end of third grade. It takes tough discipline and a whole lot of rote drill and kill. But it can be done. You're a teacher, and you really don't know that?
If we can do it and yet we fail to do it, then the tens of thousands of children we consign to lives of illiteracy and incarceration are a holocaust, our holocaust, and it may take a Patton to put it to an end.
@JimSX @OutofYourMind Jim, did you read the whole thing or did your ADHD kick in? I don't make excuses and no teacher I know makes excuses. This is my students' reality, it in no way absolves the kids from meeting my high expectations.
All of my students leave me showing more than a year's growth. They may not come to me on grade level, but once I've had them for a year, they have grown astronomically. AND I do it without rote memorization and drill and kill. You know why? Because THAT is not learning, that is boring and does not translate to a lifetime of accomplishment. You're a so called journalist, and YOU don't know that? Which teacher inspired you the most? The ones who drilled you over and over until she became nothing but a droning buzz in the background, or the ones who captured your imagination?
I stand by my record. Look at my statistics. Talk to my kids. Ask their parents. Walk into my classroom and ask the kids what they are reading for pleasure and they will talk your ear off. I know I'm wasting my time, there are none so blind as those who will not see. I guess another statistic will be me as I leave DISD looking for a district that values my hard work and what I can do for my kids.