Thursday, March 30, 2006

One of zillions I am sure

I have seen several reviews of NBC's Teachers by teaching bloggers, but I'll throw in my two cents anyway:

1. It comes on at 9:30 here on the east coast. Obviously they aren't interested in teachers actually watching the show because surely they know we are in bed by then.

2. It wasn't funny.

Yep. That about sums it up.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Why it's sometimes not convenient to live where you work

I can't believe it took me this long to blog about this. Last week one of my top ten teaching fears came true...

I have not been in a Victoria's Secret in years, probably about five years actually. We boycotted them after their commercials and prime time "modeling" shows got out of hand. But I was desperate and my normal bargain undies place had nothing to offer.

So I headed to VS to see if they still had the 5 for 25 deal I remembered from so long ago. They did. And I spent a long time picking out the exact five I wanted. Then, I headed to the front of the store where the cashier was. As I scanned the store, there she was...one of the students from my 7th period class. I'm not sure if I was more afraid of her seeing me with my undies or me seeing what she had picked out. That is an image I try to avoid, despite the trendy best efforts of all my students to show off their favorite hot pink thongs under their low-rise jeans.

I turned back around, set my selections on a counter and headed out the side entrance to the VS bath and body section. I didn't go back. I got a 3 pack on sale at Target yesterday.

Friday, March 17, 2006

That's DOCTOR Mrs. Abigail to you!

Hey everyone guess what! My hubby defended his dissertation today and passed. Rumor has it that it went very well. So he is totally finished with his degree. I am no longer a dissertation widow.

If it feels this good to me, I can't imagine how good it feels to him.

If anyone needs me tonight, I'll be partyin' down. (And by partyin' I mean eating pizza and watching basketball here at our place with a bunch of other history students.)

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

I'm so glad I'm outta there!

There is so much going on at school right now I don't know where to begin. Actually, I know exactly what I'd like to say but just don't have the time. What else is new?

Here's a quick wrap-up

The district office of Social Studies has decided that all 27 high schools will test for each unit of Government on the exact same day. And the test will be provided by the district -- no modifications for inclusion or Honors classes. Teachers will no longer teach the curriculum in the order they see best fit (doing electoral politics in October/November during presidential election years and March during local election years, etc.) Teachers will be required to provide an individual class breakdown of how many students missed each individual question to the department head, who reports it to the principal, who reports it to the district office. For me, among a zillion other unintended consequences, I think it is bad for teacher retention. People don't become teachers to work in an assembly line. They become teachers because they think they have good ideas about how to teach. But No Child Left Behind is making that impossible.

Also, starting next year, about a third of the freshman class will have, in addition to their English class, TWO periods of reading. This means for many of the average and low performing students their schedule will be as follows:
2 periods of Algebra (implemented this year)
3 periods of English
1 of Government
1 of Biology

That's it. No P.E. No music. No band. No art. No foreign language.

I absolutely agree we need to do something about reading. But how much is a kid going to learn in 7th period when the only break he has had all day is 25 minutes at lunch. Frankly, I wouldn't be able to stay on task that long.