I Keep Bumping Into Desks

smaller aisles

I keep bumping into desks. When I think I can fit through the aisle, I realize I was wrong. I keep having the awkward experience of my body accidentally brushing a student. Unfortunately, I have the sneaking suspicion that the aisles aren’t getting smaller.

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Nothing to Complain About

nothing to complain about

This wouldn’t be me.

Bored Everywhere

bored

Students get bored over the summer just as they get bored during the school year. I read their essays, so I know. They don’t admit it out loud, but they think it.

Watch Your Back

union business date

Teachers are easy targets, but I never thought we would be under attack in California. The recent Vergara v. California ruling strips teachers of essential job protections under the pretense of “equality.” Without these job protections, low-income and inner-city schools will become even harder to staff. The case seemed like it helped needy kids, but the media frenzy neglected to uncover the motives of David Welch, the rich Silicon Valley financier of the case. His investments include Microsoft, Pearson, and the Eli Broad Foundation…all big businesses who will benefit from making teachers easier to fire. Mark my words, pay for performance is not far behind. I wrote letters and sent emails about this travesty, but the local newspaper didn’t publish it and my Congressman hasn’t gotten back to me. It’s like no one cares. Protect your job and fight for our rights. Teachers are under attack in California. Watch your back.

Just Give Up

extra help

At some point, students should accept that they are going to fail.

Don’t you hate it when they won’t give up? Just accept that you have a seven percent.

No amount of extra help or extra credit is going to help two weeks before the end of the semester.

Found This on the Floor

district

I would never criticize teachers, the union, or our school district. But I did “find this on the floor” at work near my classroom. I don’t know who would risk their career to draw something politically divisive┬álike this, but I wanted to post it as an example as what not to draw. ­čÖé

When I Grow Up

bugatti

Students sometimes have an unrealistic view of the world and their place in it.

ALSO: I was saddened to find about the June 2 death of one of my former students, Estefania Gonzalez, in a vehicle crash. Estefania just graduated from our school and should have been starting her own bright future. My condolences to her family, and to all of those who knew her. She was a beautiful and talented young lady who will be deeply missed.

In Their Best Interests

human trafficking (Click to enlarge)

I often hear myself telling students, “I already know all this. I went to college. I’m telling you this for your benefit.” We recently had an assembly on human trafficking. The speaker explained how young people in our city are lured into prostitution. The information was compelling! It was relevant! It was even interesting — peppered with photographs of real girls and video about kids in our very own city.

But I looked around and saw disengaged kids uninterested in the information being provided. I wanted to say, “She already knows all this. She is telling you this for your benefit!” It seemed like the kids who most needed to hear it —┬áthose who appeared more vulnerable, those who showed the most warning signs — were the ones most likely to dismiss the information. So sad.