Daily Archives: February 15, 2007


I swear if they kill Meredith I’m DONE watching the show!
That said, I LOVED this episode. It kept me crying. I didn’t really like Izzy’s big speech at the end, but that’s okay.
Crazy busy at work and I figure that’s going to continue for the next couple weeks. Ugh.
The kids are bouncing off the walls. I don’t know if it’s the weather or just all the Valentine’s chocolate, but they’re keeping me on my toes!
One of my former editors is student teaching English with one of my good friends. It’s so cool to see her. It’s hard to believe she’s old enough to be there. She’ll be a fabulous teacher.
Our school board is voting on next year’s calendar at their meeting Monday. They’re probably going to vote for the calendar 59% of the faculty that bothered voicing an opinion voted against. Most people I talked to said they didn’t even bother voting because the board doesn’t care what teachers think. That’s obvious from the new calendar. Christmas isn’t two full weeks AND there are no breaks in the Spring semester except Spring Break. One of our opt-out days is four days before the end of school (yes, thank you for giving us a day off so the kids will be NUTS the last four days!).
The first semester is twenty days shorter than the second semester. It’s a mess. But it’s the calendar the parents wanted. Next eyar kids will be out of school for a three month summer, which made perfectly logical sense back in the olden days when we needed our kids in the fields harvesting crops or moving cattle, but in this  day and age of standardized testing, a three-month summer is going to KILL our scores. Espeically those of the lower socio-ec. and ESL kids. But hey, Johnny can go to Dallas every weekend to play club soccer or softball or whatever it is that’s got parents thinking three months off from June through August is a good idea.
Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe this decision is based on sound educational research. But I don’t think so. Oh well, we’ll do what we can and we’ll work with what they tell us we have to work with. It won’t be easy, but teaching isn’t EVER easy.