A Shrewdness of Apes

An Okie teacher banished to the Midwest. "Education is not the filling a bucket but the lighting of a fire."-- William Butler Yeats

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The Leisure Class

So let's just say that, whilst heading to her classroom, a teacher became aware that a kid who was supposed to be in class was actually roaming the hallways at lunch-- and doing so apparently undetected, because a bevy of teachers were pulled out for professional development. Let's call this kid "Skippy."

Skippy informs this teacher that there is no teacher or substitute in her classroom, and that's why she is not where she should be. Suspicious teacher sends Skippy to class, but Skippy has not worn her ID today, so ST has no real idea who this young person is. Suspicious Teacher alerts an AP that there MAY be a class unstaffed, or there MAY be a kid who is MIA and lying about it roaming the hallways. Either way, perhaps he miiiiight want to make sure that mayhem isn't ensuing somewhere in the bowels of the building.

What to do when the AP hems and haws? When he is informed that he could probably find out who Skippy is by checking the videotape, and he evinces no interest?

This teacher I know just repeated the problem succinctly and sweetly, and then went back to HER room, where there were her own precious little lambs awaiting.

What would you do? Try to guess what Suspicious Teacher Did, besides feeling sorry for the other APs who try to carry Mr. Slacker's dead weight. Did she trust? Did she trust, but verify? Did she stop kidding herself?

I SO miss summer.



At 9/11/07, 7:13 PM, Blogger Mrs. Chili said...

Oh, Lord. Thus begins another year....

At 9/11/07, 7:32 PM, Blogger Mimi said...

It's like one big welcome back, isn't it?

At 9/12/07, 1:56 PM, Blogger KauaiMark said...

I'll guess that "Suspicious Teacher" called the classroom to see who answered the phone.

Do I win a prize???

At 9/12/07, 10:44 PM, Blogger QuakerDave said...

Here we go again...

Oh, and please update the old blogroll when you get a chance: I'm back in the saddle again.


At 9/13/07, 4:36 PM, Blogger "Ms. Cornelius" said...

Dingdingding! Kauai Mark wins de Prize!!!!!!

Although you forgot "make fun of Mr. Slacker in her head."

Ha! and I KNEW you couldn't stay away, Quaker Dave!!!!!!!

At 9/13/07, 5:52 PM, Blogger The Vegas Art Guy said...

So who did answer the phone anyway? A teacher or Skippy?

At 9/14/07, 5:42 PM, Blogger Mrs. Bluebird said...

Gosh I'm glad I work in a building where the AP would have been on this kid like a heat-seeking missile.

At 9/22/07, 7:00 PM, Blogger Liz said...

Hi, it's Liz from I Speak of Dreams. A bit of a topic hi jack. There's some blogging to-do going on about a fellow, Dan Hodgins, doing professional development for the pre-k to gr. 3 set, grossly misrepresenting the brain and the effect of gender on education.

Tracking down Dan Hodgen's travels made me wonder a couple of things

* He can't be the only supplier of pseudoinformation in the professional-development world
* I wonder what the worst professional-development experience is.

I remember TMAO having a few scathing blog entries (here and here for example) and I remember other classroom teachers rolling their cyber eyes about (for example, math classes).

So I had an idea: a contest for the worst professional development experience:

Write a post about the worst, most vapid, most content-free professional development experience of your teaching career, and leave a link in the comments (or post the whole sorry story in the comments, if you'd like). Maybe we'll learn something.

Here's the link for the contest

Contest here (also has links that explains the to-do over Hodgins).


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