Posts Tagged: education

The Hardest Part

I found this at this website: Curmudgucation They never tell you in teacher school, and it’s rarely discussed elsewhere. It is never, ever portrayed in movies and tv shows about teaching. Teachers rarely bring it up around non-teachers for fear it will make us look weak or inadequate. Valerie Strauss in the Washington Post once put together a series […]

What Can We Be?

I wrote this to encourage my teachers this year as we start school.  However, I think it applies to all of us: __________________________________________________ Good Morning Team,  Each year we start fresh on the first day of school.  Each student has a blank slate to make of it what they will.  Each teacher too has a […]

Should Education Have Fewer Educators?

 Are former teachers qualified to run multi-million dollar businesses?  I wonder if this is our best model, because that is what we do in education today.  We take a person and train them as a teacher and they teach three years, get a their masters in “Education Leadership” and then become a principle.  After a […]

STAAR Results Are Here

So the STAAR results came out two weeks ago and for my district here in the big oil town of Midland, Texas, they were not very good.  I read an editorial in my hometown paper that stated, “MISD owes explanation for what students are learning in classrooms”.  I agree.  I think we do owe an […]

First Day of School

                              A New Year Well the first day came and went with little fanfare, rather smooth I think.  We do have 17 new teachers on a campus of around 45 faculty.  That is quite a high percentage of turnover.  Which got […]

The Year Begins – Goodbye Summer

The saddest day of the year is here: Convocation.  Not really, but Convocation means the end of summer and the beginning of the school year for all of the teachers here in MISD.  If you are not a teacher or college professor you may wonder what the heck Convocation is too.  It is a pep […]

Just Wondering?

          If our superintendent in our school district gets an 18 percent raise does that mean that the teachers, whom he has said are vital to our success, are going to get the same? I have heard it said that our biggest problem here in Midland, Texas, at least in regard […]

“We all Love Teachers”

So I’m watching the debate last night and I heard Mr. Obama say, “We all love teachers” and later, “We have fixed education”.  Really?  Mr. President I would love to know where these two myths exist.  I teach in a district that barely keeps its head above the water when it comes to our state […]

A New Year and A New Idea?

I am starting school tomorrow and I will have over 155 students to care for, teach, lead, discipline, grade papers and make sure they all pass their standardized tests.  Sounds like an awful lot, plus I will have to attend meetings, parent conferences, make phone calls home, keep my website updated, plan lessons, respond to […]