Archive for March, 2010

March 4, 2010

How much do you fight?  It is getting into my mind, that some things are no longer worth the fight.  Such as being the campus bad guy and requesting students tuck in their shirts, as per district dress code. 

As in reminding certain students that it is not acceptable to write in a gang graffiti  style. 

As in continuing to try to inform parents that their child is deficient in doing their work, being prepared for class, failing tests and quizzes, etc,. and never hearing a word from these parents or seeing a change in attitude from their child. 

As in expecting the school administration to enforce the off-limits areas during lunch (such as the one adjacent to my classroom during first lunch). 

As in expecting the administration to demonstrate their mantra of “following the discipline plan” and actually using aspects of this school-wide discipline plan on those frequent disrupters of our classrooms.  ( anyone else out there using the Salzman Plan?  I think it would work great for self-contained classrooms, but under that plan, a student with six classes per day could mark up a whole bunch of disciplinary infractions and be put “in the book”  with at least six warnings, spend at least five minutes per class in time out number one, spend at least ten minutes per class in time out number two and go through his/her day without seeing a single administrator!  I don’t know that a single consistently disruptive student has been cocooned by our administration since Dier Grosse Discipline Plan Salzman was adopted for us by administration.  Some of us call it the “administrative work reduction plan.”)

To keep up these fights?  Why?  That brick wall has yet to crack.  My head, on the other hand……..Time to deal solely with my classroom and ( you fill in this space) with the rest of the school.? 

Thanks for reading my rant.  Are you experiencing similar things?  ( No, don’t tell me its ’cause its “spring” !).  Tell us about it.

Polski3 has moved !

March 3, 2010

Polski3 was having some mysterious trouble over on bl***s**t, so I decided to try my blog over here on WordPress. It seems at my prior site, which will still be there if anyone wants to look up any of the teaching stuff (or my rants and raves about education) in my archives. Periodically, I will move something I like and think has value from there to here. I have thought of just killing the previous blog, but if it can stay there at no cost to me, maybe it can be a help to some fellow teacher. Anyhow, welcome to the new place.

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March 3, 2010

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