Every job has good and bad days, but a bad day or week teaching middle school is about as bad as you can get. It must be what it’s like for a doctor to have a week in which every patient dies, or a farmer who has to watch a week full of hailstorms hit… Read More Bad Teachers, Part 4 of ∞ : When You’re The Problem
Hey folks, it’s Friday! Let’s not forget that, regardless of how coma-inducing the following blogpost is. Besides, it’s Friday, and this is the Internet…you can surf elsewhere today and save the following for a day/time less celebratory and more in tune with the reading of boring, “educational” stuff. Like next Tuesday around lunch or something.… Read More Weekend Homework Assignment: You Are The Educational Emperor Augustus..or Caligula
I need some better photos of this guy Last night’s blogpost was called on account of horses. Instead of didactically, pedantically, and ranticiliously (new word) going on and on about whether there are more bad teachers or bad principals in the public school world, I was walking a horse under a moonless, starry sky, playing… Read More A Real Reason To "Suspend" A Pointless Campaign
For many public school teachers out there, the photo above needs no explanation. For others in the “real world”, it’s a tiny view into the mysterious world of standardized test reporting. To be honest it’s too tiny…click on it to see a larger, more visible version. For those of you gloriously unaware, the above is… Read More Standardized Testing Funnies: Looking for Laughs Amid a Geography of Pain
Old financial saying: “If you owe the bank $1000, the bank owns you. But if you owe the bank $1,000,000, you own the bank.”Updated financial saying: “If you owe the bank $1000, the bank owns you. But if the bank horribly mishandles $700,000,000,000 in a orgiastic capitalistic bender, you get to own 80% of the… Read More A Financial Planner You Can Trust: Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson
Before I get started, two mea culpas. 1. Last Friday I wrote something about Instructional Coaches. I got a ton of feedback, including a Instructional Coach job description from my own school’s Instructional Coach. She was very nice about it, but let me know that I knew pretty much knew nothing about what Instructional Coaches… Read More Bad Teachers, Part 3 of ∞ : The Not-So-Grand Administrative Plan
Earlier this week, U.S. Government officials announced a proposed $700 billion bailout of a banking system run amuck. Now it has been learned that Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, working with State of New Mexico officials, has come up with another audacious plan to prop up the economy. Paulson will urge, in fact demand, that Congress… Read More Treasure Secretary Paulson Proposes a "Nation of Racinos"