27 September, 2008

only 3 weeks?

So may things happen every day that I can't even begin to list all of them. And somehow it's almost the end of the marking period. I have lost my voice from saying "no talking during the quiz" so many times and spending an hour after school one day calling parents. 
I spent a whole day accidentally crip flagging, not the best choice in my school. I've kicked 3 kids out of class (just for the day) and next week I have to start doing cafeteria duty every other day. I haven't actually been in the cafeteria yet. 
The other teachers at the school are really helpful with everything and are mostly pretty young teachers so the teachers' lounge is a fun place. 
And for the 1st time in my life I don't have to skip school to go to the synagogue for the holidays because NYC public schools are closed for Jewish holidays. 
I've had some particularly bad days, but it seems like every day is part great and part horrible which makes it easier to keep working on lessons when I should be sleeping than it might be if every day were all bad. 
And the debate last night? No mention of the fact that the debate was taking place at the University of Mississippi practically on the anniversary of this:

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And there's also this.

04 September, 2008

I feel like a babysitter

Today I babysat A+ certification classes and intuitive calculus. I don't know what either of those are. After watching the students do the assignments I still don't understand even a little.  Every different class that I have has at least one student who tries to spend the period telling me how good the school is and how hard they work and at least 5 students who make inappropriate racial or sexual jokes. 
Meanwhile, elsewhere, at the public Exeter an unofficial statistic- 7 freshmen got jumped in attempts to steal their ipods or cellphones, TODAY. This is the 1st school I've spent time in here that doesn't have metal detectors and no one seems to care about enforcing the no electronics during class rule. There are usually security guards around, but I guess in such a large building they can't be everywhere...

In other news, high holidays are approaching. If I had furniture I would have to sell it to pay for tickets. But I have found a synagogue I really like going to, and even met some other teaching fellows there (we are everywhere). And then there's this...

02 September, 2008

Overheard in Brooklyn:

The Principal of one of the top 5 (arguably top 2) public schools in New York saying "I hate teachers" this morning. Reassuring, no? 

While at my old school which I miss dearly...

01 September, 2008

The 1st day of school?

By virtue of my missing a phone call from a principal but having a phone with functioning voicemail for once, I have to call first thing in the morning about going in for an interview. Apparently there are still schools looking for teachers even though tomorrow is the first day of school.  I hope that myself and the many many (I've heard as many as half of the math fellows alone) Teaching Fellows without jobs yet find places at these schools soon. There is a lot of unhappiness among the unemployed teaching fellows who feel that the program and the DOE accepted too many people this year. For me this means that I will probably have competition at this interview tomorrow, quite possibly from a more experienced teacher. However it also means less time at the school where I am a sub, which is a great thing. 

Aside from the DOE and New York State government, there are plenty of other people who do not have the best interests of public school students in mind. Here is one of them, doing a sportscast in 1988, courtesy of my favorite website deadspin.com.