Albuquerque– The Albuquerque Federation of Bad Teachers (AFBT) today praised the Albuquerque Public School decision to do away with planned student-led conferences and pretty much have school over before Memorial Day. “This decision marks a victory for all teaching burn-outs, and will allow each of us to return to the backbone of our teaching practice,… Read More Bad Teachers Hail APS Switch of Snow Make-Up Days
Update II: And then we all found out what we already knew. Nobody gives a rat’s ass about “Student-Led Conferences”, or what Winston Brooks thinks when snow make-up days should or should not be. It’s all just arranging the hours of the babysitting in a way that inconveniences folks least. More later, but I believe… Read More The Snow/Cold/Bus/Gas Day Torture Never Stops
Note: Reason for obscure blogpost title not really explained very well. Chapter II: In which Albuquerque Public Schools proves that nobody should ever trust them to make a firm decision and leaves the fate of its schedule to a Survey Monkey. By now you’ve probably already taken part in the survey to, ostensibly, determine how APS… Read More Goddamn Army Jeep! Chapter II
Not so much of a post today, merely some docs/webpages to ponder over a cup of coffee or seven today and this weekend. Let’s start with a paraphrase from NM Governor Susana Martinez: “Martinez said roughly 80 percent of the state’s fourth-grade students do not read at a proficient level.” The story linked above is… Read More Friday Distraction 2.18.11: Social Promotion Research Materials
As any teacher can tell you, those little letters we call “grades” are important. Colleagues, how many times have you spent untold minutes explaining in detail strengths and deficiencies of a student in your content area to parents/children, thoroughly going over intricate details gleaned from years of professional training and expertise, only to have both parent and… Read More Governor Susana Martinez: Grade “F”
Excuse both the vile language and obscure movie reference, but sometimes you just feel like Bobby Troup trying to start that Willys. Here’s how things go when you work in the Albuquerque Public Schools “rabbit hole”: First, we have a bunch of snow days. And having four of them is debatable, and, once again, shows… Read More Goddamn Army! Goddamn Army Jeep!
Personally, I’m going to hold off on criticizing the group of “experts” chosen by new NM Education Secretary Hanna Skandera until the group makes some actual recommendations. And yes, my guess is that I will critical of those recommendations. But a story in yesterday’s Albuquerque Journal quotes folks who think the whole idea of hiring… Read More “Educational Salsa From New York City!?!”