On Milton school staff morale at ‘all-time low’ over plan, teachers say
Exactly! But it is precisely what we are being directed to do...improve test-taking skills and scores. Not my idea of an appropriate education, but our necks are on the chopping block if we don't test prep regularly and show improvement with data. I think there are many areas of growing frustration in the field of current educators, but the media likes to focus on monetary aspects of the whole thing, when for me, that is just the extra kick in the face when I am already down! I have always freakishly loved my career, but we are going to need an army of intelligent, skilled, workaholics that love teens to help fill in our ranks! And those who are dedicated, unfortunately, to using a disproportionate amount of time teaching testing skills.
And the only indoctrination happening is how to score well on the ACT! :-)
Harry-Sure is a good time, and it is clear there are more than enough openings. Let us just see how many takers there really are...and how many stay in it longer than 2 years.
sf - I think you brought up an important aspect of teaching that has changed drastically since most of us were in school, and that is the inability of schools to discipline and parents that "protect" their kids when they deserve some serious punishing. I am speaking particularly of middle and high school students which is my "area". There has to be some other sort of compensation for having to tolerate the verbal disrespect, mouthiness, threats, and aggressive behaviors of older students towards staff in our schools. And with the current dissatisfaction of our communities with the schools, we seem to get even less support in this area. To hear teens parroting their parents' disrespect towards teachers and being told "go ahead, call home; my parents hate you teachers anyways. You'll be the one to get an earful" is more than disheartening. Especially when you do call home and find that the teen wasn't exaggerating about the parent just waiting to find a way to make the teacher at fault for a student severely and repeatedly disrupting class! Sorry...a bit off topic but it is part of the teaching package that doesn't really get addressed...It also doesn't surprise me that young adults are willing to go into elementary ed. where SOME of the disrespect is slightly mitigated. Check out the flight of staff from MS and HS across the state for a real eye-opener.
On Marine, dog reunited in surprise ceremony
Beautiful! This is so heartwarming!
On BTC instructor says he acted correctly when he removed student
I don't think this behavior should be accepted in ANY school setting! Undoubtedly, the student was allowed to behave this way in his high school classes! Discipline in the upper grades is so much more lax due to fear of repercussions on the schools or teachers. Most high school kids just refuse to leave and make an even bigger mess while teachers wait several minutes trying to get admin to the room to pull the kid out. It's just awful sometimes!
There are lots of teaching openings for the rest of the community to join the "gravy train"! Seventy in Janesville and over 240 teaching openings in Kenosha! And there's plenty more to come from all over. Go get that emergency teaching license, as long as you have your four year degree, and join the ranks of the "haves" of the state! We definitely need the warm bodies to fill the positions!
Low morale in Janesville staff too. It isn't so much the increase in benefit payments...that is just the salt in the wound of being lied to by our districts about soooooo many things! Over 70 teaching positions in Janesville and most are resignations from stellar teachers who are quickly being snatched up by other places. Teachers who don't take their careers personally or seriously are staying behind in the classroom because they simply don't care and just want any paycheck. Of course we still have some amazing people staying but most of them even admit to starting to look at other possibilities both in and out of teaching. It is very sad to be in the middle of this mess.
On With health insurance done, Janesville School Board turns to budget
Recruit high quality staff? Try retaining the high quality staff you have. Seventy teaching positions already posted in the district with more to come.
On Changes to add academic rigor in high schools would begin in 2014
Hmmm...I was part of those 90 teachers and it seems all we did was collect the data and the admin. chose the plan...we do the dirty work and then they can say that teachers gave the seal of approval. While this was one of many plans discussed, in retospect, this doesn't feel like the greatest collaboration I have been a part of in this district. I am willing to go for changes, but I disapprove of the slant it is being given. Oh well...onward and upward! And, if parents really do not like the plan, starting time, etc, they must write, phone, or go to the school board, Dr. Schulte, and Dr. Ehrhardt. They have the power to make the changes.
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