As a way of both preparing for my last three weeks of K-12 teaching and reminding myself why it’s my last three weeks of K-12 teaching, I am spending a fine cloudy Fall Sunday morning staring at: In case you haven’t stared at the above, it’s the “expanded opportunities” made available for states this year… Read More The Soon-to-be-Viral Annotated PARCC “Expanded Opportunities” Table
My Thanksgiving meals (emphasis on the “s,” as I’m into about the sixth course of leftovers this Friday afternoon) have left me just about unable to reach my hands to the keyboard. The word “girth” comes strongly to mind here. So no long diatribe and I’ll instead largely copy/paste part of this recap of how… Read More Ohio School Officials Talk Trash While Dumping PARCC
In defense of the news-gathering organizations involved, the Winston Brooks “story” at present is more about release of public records than insight into why Winston Brooks got canned with a $350,000 cherry on top. Maddening in the lack of detail as the inadequate list o’ aggrieved ones “stories” at KOB and the Journal are, we might be… Read More Winston Brooks or Analee Maestas: Who’s the Story Now?
“Don’t our kids and their parents deserve to know how they stack up against students in other states when it comes to subject matter mastery and college readiness?” — from Albuquerque Journal Editorial, October 22, 2015 “PARCC announced Thursday that it will now offer states the option of buying parts of its testing system and… Read More Step Right Up to PARCC/Skandera’s Bait and Switch
“A program launching this coming summer will give general education teachers the opportunity to add a special education license by completing four classes.” –from “RRPS to offer special ed training” by Kim Burgess, Albuquerque Journal, 11.15.15 I can think of almost no job with such employment security, other than nurse worldwide and cop in Albuquerque,… Read More The Latest Special Education Band-Aid
First, the only “news” contained in this blog post: Your humble blogger is retiring from teaching, effective January 1, 2016. By this point, there are nearly countless excellent, eloquent communications from public school teachers so fed up with the state of the profession that they feel no other option than to quit/retire. The sheer mass of these statements certainly… Read More Just Another Teacher Retirement/Resignation Blog Post – Mine
Dear Mr. Carlin: Below please find the template to complete your required joke/bit evaluation for Domain I next month. Note that I’ve helped you by filling in a bit of the information myself. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. —Sister Mary Elephant, Principal November 10, 2015 To: Licensed Comedian From: New… Read More Teachscape for Comedians