• shakespearessister commented on the diary post in loco parentis by shakespearessister.

    2014-01-09 11:39:26View | Delete

    you know, since most of my students are Spanish-speakers, the thought crossed my mind many times. thanks for the laugh :)

  • shakespearessister commented on the diary post in loco parentis by shakespearessister.

    2014-01-09 11:29:21View | Delete

    I would like to suggest that neither is a realistic formula for human beings trying to navigate all the pitfalls presenting themselves currently to both teacher and parent.

    This is very true – I wasn’t necessarily going for realistic, though the job description for the teacher is a real one pulled from a job advertisement for [...]

  • shakespearessister commented on the diary post in loco parentis by shakespearessister.

    2014-01-09 10:58:46View | Delete

    will read both when I have a chance – thank you for thoughtful responses and connections! thank you also, juliania!

  • shakespearessister commented on the diary post in loco parentis by shakespearessister.

    2014-01-09 08:18:57View | Delete

    Hello, gg. Thank you for joining FDL today to comment on my post. Clearly you have never read anything else I’ve posted here or on Daily Kos or you would know more about me. To respond to you, I will say these things: I know the full scope of issues my students (all of which throughout [...]

  • shakespearessister commented on the diary post in loco parentis by shakespearessister.

    2014-01-09 07:29:22View | Delete

    so teachers have to have 30 to 50 in a class room, then trying to fill in everything that is missing in a child’s development. While working some parents to death, other parents have lost their jobs, losing their homes, and religated to the conditions of hopelessness and helplessness in the face of trying to supply [...]

  • shakespearessister commented on the diary post in loco parentis by shakespearessister.

    2014-01-09 07:26:31View | Delete

    I am, I would say, more than partially responsible for the educational outcome. However my influence ends when the final bell rings…and they definitely spend more time outside of my classroom than in it. I will head over to Diane Ravitch’s site. I’m a fan of her work and ideas, and I wish more people [...]

  • shakespearessister commented on the diary post in loco parentis by shakespearessister.

    2014-01-09 07:24:03View | Delete

    thank you much! definitely trying to hang in here. hopefully I’m successful.

  • shakespearessister commented on the diary post in loco parentis by shakespearessister.

    2014-01-09 07:23:30View | Delete

    thank you for both.

  • shakespearessister commented on the diary post in loco parentis by shakespearessister.

    2014-01-09 07:23:05View | Delete

    well, not exactly :) that’s sort of what I was suggesting.

  • shakespearessister wrote a new diary post: in loco parentis

    2014-01-08 13:54:24View | Delete

    Thumbnail On the roles and responsibilities of parents and teachers. From Oxford Dictionaries Online :

    Syllabification: (in lo·co pa·ren·tis) Pronunciation: /in ˌlōkō pəˈrentis/ adverb & adjective (of a teacher or other adult responsible for children) in the place of a parent: : he was used to acting in loco parentis : they adhered to an in loco parentis approach when dealing with students

    No, I [...]

  • shakespearessister commented on the diary post Archery in the Dark by shakespearessister.

    2011-08-27 14:16:56View | Delete

    maybe I can somehow hook up with Anonymous and blow the whistle…that would be epic. however, it would also be the end of my teaching career. forever. I don’t think I’m ready to have that happen quite yet.

  • shakespearessister commented on the diary post Archery in the Dark by shakespearessister.

    2011-08-25 12:22:48View | Delete

    would that we could – we would be severely penalized for “stealing” one of the tests and making it public. they are highly guarded and our testing situations highly controlled and monitored.

  • shakespearessister wrote a new diary post: Archery in the Dark

    2011-08-25 05:36:05View | Delete

    Thumbnail Another year, another PD, and I just had to share… I love my students. I love the new classes I teach (I transitioned into teaching the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme this year). I love my colleagues. I even love my new admin team (all but one of our building’s administrators resigned at the end of [...]

  • shakespearessister wrote a new diary post: A Teacher addresses Board of Education:

    2011-04-29 03:13:29View | Delete

    This past Tuesday, a high school teacher addressed the Board of Education of the district in which I teach. His motivations are clear, so I will give no other introduction than this: With teachers recently being made villains in the media, and lambasted for their greediness and supposed inability to educate students, it’s imperative to [...]

  • shakespearessister commented on the blog post Why is Nicholas Kristof Bashing Teachers’ Unions?

    2011-03-13 12:42:42View | Delete

    exactly. my outsized benefits that I don’t pay for don’t include benefits for my daughter, which cost $400 a month, or, percentage-wise, more than 10% of my salary.

    good thing the Kochs are working to stop such gross abuse of a system.

  • shakespearessister commented on the blog post Why is Nicholas Kristof Bashing Teachers’ Unions?

    2011-03-13 12:11:28View | Delete

    because it’s a popular thing to do right now.

    for some reason, we (teachers in general, not just unions) are being vilified because of a grossly underfunded system that does not work. Right now, I’m waiting to find out if my salary will be cut by 1 or 3%, or how many unpaid days off I’ll have to take.

    Of course, according to some “authorities,” our average salary is too much. and I don’t even make close to the average, as I’m only four years in and don’t have a Master’s degree.

    Bollocks to Kristof. Bollocks to Scott Walker.

  • shakespearessister commented on the diary post Why I Hate NCLB: A Reflection by shakespearessister.

    2011-03-13 12:06:21View | Delete

    no need to thank me – venting actually makes me feel a little better. gets at least one train of thought out of my head and onto “paper.”

    thanks for reading.

  • shakespearessister wrote a new diary post: Why I Hate NCLB: A Reflection

    2011-03-13 06:02:41View | Delete

    During my proctoring of our NCLB-mandated state assessment program, I had plenty of time to get some reading done. I also had plenty of time to think (A person, after all, can only sit in one attitude for so long before going a bit stir-crazy; I have it on authority from Caroline Bingley). As I [...]

  • shakespearessister commented on the diary post Testing, Testing, 1…2…3… by shakespearessister.

    2011-03-10 18:28:52View | Delete

    Thank you for reading. I love the discussions, explorations, and chances to develop things. Unfortunately, those chances are becoming fewer and much more far between.

  • shakespearessister commented on the diary post Testing, Testing, 1…2…3… by shakespearessister.

    2011-03-10 18:27:57View | Delete

    Yes, they are trying to measure it. However, according to everything I’ve read about standardized tests, their attempts aren’t working.

    Kid’s aren’t profit margins, and their learning isn’t a return on investment; continued attempts to privatize and corporatize education will continue to fail.

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