A Supe and his Algebra Camp
Check this out: The superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools ran his own algebra camp during those precious summer months of vacation. And kids actually came!
Summer fun and algebra are not exactly synonymous, but Tulsa Superintendent Michael Zolkoski is trying to make them equate in the minds of some local middle-school students.
Nearly 130 students from Tulsa Public Schools, surrounding districts and private schools turned out for the first day of Zolkoski's three-week Algebra Camp at Carver Middle School.
Zolkoski held class in the Carver cafeteria, which had been converted into a giant classroom with 17 dry-erase board easels lining the walls.
"Some of you may be wondering, 'Why do we have all of these boards in here?' Because we're going to all be getting up and working on the boards," Zolkoski said. "You cannot sleep in here."
He went over the camp rules, which were pretty simple: be on time, no breaks longer than 10 minutes each day, and do not forget your notebook.
There's plenty more to read in the entire article. But I'm intrigued by that set of rules he's got going there. Would he allow classroom teachers to set the same standards in their everday classrooms? Because, if he did, he would get MY vote for superintendent of the year!