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Cause For Suspension

Guess who is starting the summer break early? This guy is. That’s who.

No, I was not fired, though a student or two wouldn’t mind that. It is just that, “Family comes first,” is more than just a saying, but something that should be practiced. So when the fam is in need, other things need to be put on hold. That means I’ll be quiet on the blogging and Twitter fronts, until my help is not as required by my family as they are at this moment.

But hey, this site is a well-stocked fridge, so please feel free to root around for something tasty while I’m gone.

Sleep tight, ya morons!

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Classic HT: TEAMing

I’ve got another TEAM meeting tomorrow. I don’t think I’ve shared what one of those is like before. It’s another acronym we have around here and stands for something like Teachers Engaging Blah Blah or something.

It’s a meeting held before school involving the teachers of a particular student. The particular student is never the class valedictorian or a member the National Honor Society. No, the student is one who is struggling academically. Of course, the student is struggling; these meetings are opportunities for their teachers to get together and strategize for getting them back on track. I teach 11th graders. How do you get a seventeen-year-old back on track?

Administrators have particular guidelines for teachers to follow. First, the meetings are mandatory. Not even students who come in for tutoring in the mornings is enough of a reason to be absent. How dare they interfere with public education bureaucracy with their interests in improving themselves, anyway?

We are also expected to provide valuable comments and suggestions, and get this, “either positive or negative” in order to help the student. For reals? We can give negative suggestions? That’s kind of cool. I’m going to go with a swift kick in the ass.

Even though these meetings give me the liberty to blow off some steam by coming up with some crazy suggestions, this whole thing bothers me. Why? Well, I’ve had this idea that the student was responsible for his education.

Why are the teachers holding another meeting on top of everything else they try to do (call home, offer tutoring, already talking to other teachers) and nothing extra is expected of the kid? If there needs to be an ARD, then get an ARD rolling. If we’re just getting together to try to get the bump on the log to stop texting long enough to graduate, which by the way isn’t that hard, then no thanks. It’s okay if they do something for themselves.

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Classic HT: Who Orchestra This Plan?

There’s an orchestra competition at the school this weekend, and I was only told that my room will be used for judging today. Great.

The e-mail that informed me of this also shared that there was no guarantee that the items in my room would remain safe or intact, so I should secure or take anything deemed valuable if I don’t want to risk losing it.

 The e-mail actually said intact. What does that mean? Are junkies going to rip the copper wiring out of the walls to sell to scrap dealers for smack money?

Well, since I don’t have a secret lair behind a revolving bookcase that opens when you pull on one of the books, I guess I’ll be hauling stuff home. Again, a little bit more of a heads-up would have been nice. I can only take so much, so I’ll have to take a rolling inventory as I scrambling.

“Can I live without this?”

“Can I get another one of these?”

“The lamp or the fan?”

It’s like I’m trying to catch the last plane out of Saigon!

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