I have a lot of what you call “bad kids”. It’s no accident either. I spoke with my Program Specialist who basically told me that they were being sent to me because they knew I could handle it.

Okay, so you’re just going to burn me out, huh!

I know that I have excellent classroom management skills, but come on! This is what happens to a lot of teachers during the first 5 years who end up quitting. I know that I’m not going to be one of those ones. I have my mind made up. I know I want to teach. I’ve known for more than 12 years. But, why does the system work like this? Why are new teachers burnt out and not offered much support? I’d really like to know!

The Countdown Begins!

Yes, people, the countdown begins! There are only 19 school days left in the school year. Believe me when I say that I’m counting down. I am really tired. I thought that after my leave that I would breeze through the last couple of weeks. Not so! I am so looking forward to summer. To sleeping in and doing nothing for days at a time. To cleaning my house and having the time to maintain it.

Here’s to summer break!

U.T.L.A. Strike On Friday!

Yes, people. U.T.L.A. has decided to strike on Friday, May 15, 2009. We are to report to our worksite and picket from 8:00-9:00 a.m. and then go to the Beaudry building and picket there.

The last time we picketed for an hour, we had much parental support. Hopefully, this will happen this time also. If you’re reading this and you can support your child’s teacher on Friday, do just that. However, having said that,

(this is just my humble opinion), I don’t think this is going to work. The school district has already shown that they do not care. Don’t get me wrong. I’m happy they didn’t lay teachers off in the middle of the year, but laying them off period is not any better. However, only time will tell!

Education Is Money!

I’m only one person. That’s what I told my students today.

“Why did you stop trying just because I left?” I asked.

I left because I didn’t feel safe here (at school). My leaving had nothing to do with you. I didn’t leave because I don’t care about you. I didn’t leave because I don’t care about your success. I left because I had to take care of me. If I didn’t take care of me, no one else would have.

“That’s what you have to do now,” I told them. You have to take care of yourselves. You take care of yourself by getting your education. How is the information going to get in your head if you don’t put it in there? Think of education as something very valuable. It’s like money. As long as it’s good money (education), it almost doesn’t matter who gives it to you. So, get into your heads that education is money.

Don’t let you getting your education be dependent on me. Take care of yourself and get your money (education)!