Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Ch, Ch, Ch, Ch, Ch, Ch, Changes

My Thursday 13 is about some of the many things that have changed at the school where I work this year. I only view one of these changes as a positive... not only for me, but for the students. So many changes are bound to affect morale among students and teachers alike.

1. Our faculty meetings were moved up 15 minutes, and when you have children, that 15 minute loss in the morning really makes a big difference.
2. My conference period changed the second week of schedule right along with...

3. My 2nd block of students was dissolved, and I got another whole new block of kids 2 weeks into school.

4. Nine weeks into school, one of my classes is being dissolved again and a whole new class created of lower level and needier students. My third schedule for the year!

5. My "duty" station has changed. I'm now outside, and I don't enjoy it.

6. My lunch period changed, and I miss my friends.
7. We are required to chaperone certain after school events (not just volunteer for them - we MUST do certain events on our own time.)
8. We have an AP who has been there one year, a new-to-our-campus AP, and a Brand New Main Principal who came in the middle of the year last year. It's the main principal's first time ever to be the "main" administrator. As a result, most things are delegated to other people who aren't necessarily qualified to do what they are being asked to do.

9. Teachers may still assign detention, but instead of being after school twice a week with a paid teacher, teachers must hold their own d-halls on their own time in the mornings for no pay.

10. We have a new Zeroes Aren't Permitted program which is a boat-load of paperwork and is not accomplishing its goal.

11. There is a lack of support from the principals as far as classroom discipline is concerned.

12. We have a new system to mark attendance and grades, and it is not user-friendly.

13. This last one, I like. We submit our lesson plans electronically.

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  1. Wow!!! I hate to say this, but I am so glad that I don't have your job! It is ridiculous that they would be changing your classes like that in the middle of the year. There is no way that is good for anyone.

    Have a happy Thursday (hopefully you won't be forced to chaperone a volleyball tournament or anything like that!)

  2. That's too many changes all at once.

    My 13 is posted, if you can stop by for a visit it'd be awesome...but if you can't have a great Thursday anyway. Click HERE and scroll down a bit on my post.

  3. You poor kid. I remember outside duty. I didn't like standing out in the cold either. Hopefully things will change again and the changes will go your way.

  4. No wonder so many teachers just give up. You are teaching our future leaders... you would think people would be as gracious as possible. Why make it so difficult?

  5. Wow... I don't think I'll be complaining about my job anymore. Ok, I probably will, but I'll think twice first! That's TOO MANY changes! Aren't kids supposed to thrive on routine? Or something like that? Sounds to me like the new administration are all trying to make a name for themselves and it's just going to end up creating a bigger cluster...poo than there was before! I'm sorry. :(

    My TT:

    Have a fabulous day and an even better weekend!

  6. Wow! Sounds like there is a lot going on for you! I hope things get better soon!

  7. Its hard to show up everyday for work when you don't know what the heck is next. hang tough..

  8. Wow, what an awful lot of changes, some of which don't seem like they are good for anyone. I hope things get better soon.

    Calico Contemplations

  9. Some of your changes would cause an uproar where I work. In fact, that is happening now when the teachers were assigned homework after a district in-service.

  10. both my parents were teachers before they retired. I know how hard it is to be a teacher. however it is a noble duty. you make your students clever and behave better.

    I can see the happiness in my father's eyes whenever he sees one of his ex-student has become a success one...

    good luck for you, Di.


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