Mississippi...

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Wow

My husband got held up at gunpoint at 7:30 in the morning. He is okay. I am not.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Where I spend most of my day...

There are certain facts about the school where I teach at that are beyond on my comprehension.

-Everyday, I am hustled out at 4 pm-- actually about five minutes to 4. I am scolded at for attempting to stay late and do a better job. How is that a bad thing? And on the same hand, I am not allowed to leave before 4pm. Only exactly when "they" decide it is time to go....

-I have yet to see a student expelled. There is no set discipline system for students-- they can continue to get kicked out everyday, fight, etc. without long term consequences. This just keeps students coming back for more-- they are trying to find a line that doesn't exist. I am really wondering what it actually takes to get expelled-- yikes. Numbers and funding are that important, huh?

-There are two middle schools in this town. One has higher test scores, one has very low-test scores, one has students that are at the right age for their grade, and the other has many 14-15 year old sixth graders. My school is a dumping ground for the district. How does that happen? How is that fair?

- Everyday, there are announcements made about getting arrested for fighting and everyday there are fights. It is a great way to start off the morning announcements!

-We end school 10 minutes early everyday-- that isn't in the handbook. Every 7th period class is now behind.

The list could go on and on. It is very easy to see why there is a teacher shortage here. Every once in awhile I search the internet to find school websites and look at schools that have a lot of resources-- if only....