Monday, April 28, 2008

It's a long way from August 'till May!

The year is almost done. Last week we had four students asked not to return the rest of the year to this school. They will go to "alternative school" until the end of May. I feel both ways about that. They are out of control- beating up others, disrupting classrooms, in general-out of control. BUT - they are more out of control being on the streets with no supervision until they start school at 3:40 daily.
I am sort of waiting for my phone to ring.
The Trip to juvie will be interesting.
Maybe, next year, the trip from August to May will not be paved with missed opportunities of teaching self control!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Saturday, April 26, 2008

I never mention


My fly boy. Yesterday was Family Day and there was no way we could go. I have no more leave for school. Scott still is on a walker. Why didn't I think about sending Jen and Nicholas? He sounded a bit down. I used to be able to surprise him at such things. I am feel a bit like a loser parent right now.
One more year of teaching!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Aren't you glad

That we live in a country where people are allowed to totally disagree. In fact, people are expected to and it is wrong to not permit them to voice their opinion!
Long day- can you tell?

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Pre School


I have been talking to my daughter about universal preschool. It is a concept that I both accept and understand. SOME children really need preschool. Those children are at one end of the spectrum or the other. One set are the children of the uneducated. Those children are not gaining enough vocabulary to achieve in school. One report I read said that a child from an uneducated household (they used poor- but we all know there are educated poor households) often come to school with between 1-3,000 words of understanding.

An educated household's child (they used professional) often comes to school with 15,000 to 20,000 words.

HUGE difference!

Who will learn to read quicker- the child who approaches the word "duck" and sounds it out OR the child who has seen a duck, watched it swim and quack, and THEN learns to read "duck"?

The other set who does well in preschool is usually a child of a very "advantaged" household- that does not have the time to spend giving the child lots of interaction....so they get it at preschool.

My own watching is that children who have SAHM or very intense child care families often have children who come to school with plenty to work with. They, if they have the intelligence, can usually go to a "good university" if they desire to check the blocks for it.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Time to renew


I have to admit that I have been filled with moping around for about four weeks now. It was simply depressing to see my husband in such a state. Today, I got out the potting soil and planted seedlings, watered his trees, and putzed around the yard. It feels good to be out again. It was almost 85 today- very warm for April. The dog is actually tired out instead of bored out of her skull.

I will take some renewed energy to school with me tomorrow. Work on the IEPs I have left for the year...and hope that next winter is much less filled with moping.

Hard work


The newest planted tree awaiting her mister with blooms showing.
Maybe by May he can come and visit!

Finally!


Spring!


Blooms! Everywhere!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Plastics

After reading all of the warning about plastics I will begin to work through my cupboards today. I store a pretty good amount of food. Whether it is the LDS sister in law- or my need to control- it is stored. We don't use a lot of things that come in plastic....but it is worth the look.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Next round

The next round of surgery is now scheduled. We will travel once again to Leavenworth to the surgery ward in May. I am really praying this one will work. We both are sick of him being sick. It could be so much worse of course.
What I have learned is how much I depend on my husband.
The inside of his ring (which is on a chain around my neck until this next surgery is over) says,
" No matter what." I guess I must have had a bit of a push from God to put that- because it speaks to us both in volumes right now.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Decisions

Every year I go though this. It is time to sign a contract for next year. I have such a love/hate relationship with the school. Really, I love to teach. I love what I can do for students. I just want to do it MY way. Why does there have to be other people involved?
And still, I hate to deal with school. Sometimes the people I work with are so dense. What part of "read every part of a test to the student" do you not get? "your student who sat in a group of four and did not have every question read to him failed the tests by two questions....DUH!!!!!!!

And what part of "services will be once a week for 30 minutes" is changeable? You don't really want to work with the student? The parents are not easy to communicate with? They question your techniques (or you are afraid they will). Does it say that those services are optional in the legally binding IEP? Don't think so. And when that child is escalating and needs MORE services- that is the time to be totally unavailable?

This is the first time - ever- I felt physically ill after a confrontation with the social worker who had not seen a child in desperate need for the LAST SIX WEEKS!

I knew that I was walking into a "school of failure". I knew it would be difficult. But, is this worth it? Scott says the kids are worth it. They are. But, kids have survived this terrible system called school for the last 150 years. Why do I have to get so personally involved?