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Thursday, June 4th, 2009 11:42 pm
thank god. i came home from class tonight and there it was...burn notice, right where it belonged on my tv. michael and fiona and sam and madelyn. so pretty and witty and come back from hiatus to save me from the suckfest this time of the year has become.

one day of school left this week. graduation tomorrow night. a weekend spent writing essay answers for the test i take on monday night. then four days of school next week, packing up my room and finals, and then i am finished. well, until the sixteenth when i go back to writing curriculum. and i have my class until the eighteenth.

see what i mean about the suckfest?
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Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 11:22 pm
today was made of suck. a little less than five weeks left and the asshat is bleeding out of these kids. one of mine is separated for pulling a knife on another kid in school yesterday. and in all the years i've been doing this i can honestly say that i have ever rarely really disliked a kid, but  i've got a couple right now just pushing my buttons with the attitude and disrespect and stupid they're currently celebrating.

add to that the meeting after school once again asking us what we can do, how we can work harder to get these kids who do nothing in class to pass and i'm just over the edge. i don't have a lot right now to spare for them when i'm busting ass trying to get the kids who really try but have problems ready for the end of the year and a killer final.

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Friday, April 24th, 2009 03:42 pm

thank god is right. another week closer to the end. pink slips went out to the non-tenured teachers today, as required. how many are recalled depends on which plan for closing buildings/reassigning teachers is adopted by the school board at their meeting next week. also up for debate is privatization of custodial staff and bus drivers based on consolidating routes. needless to say, there are a lot of unhappy campers in our little district.

but this came in our email today and presents the six phases of teaching. i think i vascillate between stage five and six. 

www.youtube.com/watch
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Monday, April 20th, 2009 06:36 pm
i hate mondays. and i'm kinda not really fond of tuedsays either. especially this tuesday, as tomorrow is my appointed day to go to the principal's office and justify my failure rate, because you know, failure is not an option. except, well, it kinda is since people choose it all the time. and we still have the grade on report cards and things.
 
i can teach. i can teach anyone who wants to learn. i can even make people who thought they didn't like learning or history rethink that. but i can't learn for them and i can't make them learn if they truly have chosen not to. there has to be an alternative for those people choosing that path. 

producing a generation of students who choose not to learn or choose to fail because they will not/cannot choose to engage is a cultural and a social issue that cannot be remedied in the twelve weeks i have a student in my room.

i need some help there.
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