Thursday, May 28, 2015

One Important Thing I Learned This Year

Here's a thing I've learned this year: HAVE CLASS OUTSIDE.

Kids love being outside. My students in particular love smoking weed outside. So I give them a different option: come sit under the gazebo and maybe I'll bring some snacks and we can read and write and discuss literature.

And this seems to be working.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Tenure Binder version 2.0

The Tenure Binder

One year ago today, I applied for tenure and was denied. I do not know why. That is something teachers are not told. There's no rule that says if you deny a teacher tenure that you must give them some kind of feedback so they know why. And it's probably because it has nothing to do with the individual. It's all a numbers game and "they" can't give too many teachers tenure. That would look bad. Today, I revamped my binder and sent it off to the Superintendent's Office. Now, I wait.

Here is a tiny glimpse of what I included in my binder.

Impact on Student Learning: Evidence of Student Growth

Professional Responsibilities: Evidence of Participation in the Professional Community

Teacher Practice: Evidence of Planning and Preparation