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Devoted teacher who had the passion to accomplish great things has decided to give it all up because the test-crazy culture has overpowered everyone with good sense. The students cannot learn. She cannot teach. And that's a dealbreaker for her.
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Sharing my experiences during my last semester as a high school teacher and transitioning to.. becoming a occasional sub.

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  • Proud Owner of New Rocking Chair
    on May 31, 2013
    Our school district gives out beautiful rocking chairs engraved with our name  to everyone who retires. Every year before now, I would sit in the cafeteria watching retirees get their chairs. They used to look so old. Those people who were neari...
  • When Public Education Jumped the Shark
    on Feb 3, 2013
    During the week before school, Mr. Helpful Special Ed Coordinator visits my room to give me paperwork for a student. He wants to give me a head's up about one particular freshman boy who is diagnosed as Oppositional Defiant (OD). OD is one of those a...
  • The Good Stuff
    on Jan 26, 2013
    They just hired two new employees at my campus to replace people who left their posts in the middle of the year. Both jobs were filled by former students who graduated from our high school, then went to college, and are now returning back to us as gr...
  • Surviving the Frigid Ice Water
    on Jan 24, 2013
    Sundays have always been a time to rest, reflect, and prepare for the upcoming week. After five days of going full throttle at school, then a Saturday spent doing household chores, shopping, and paying bills, Sundays were reserved for spiritual fulfi...
  • Let's Settle This Like Monkeys!
    on Jan 14, 2013
    During a lesson in my Environmental Systems class which is full of seniors, our focus was on varying species of primates. We studied the similarities and differences between the way they obtain food, their physical features, their temperaments, their...
  • Welcome to Spring Semester 2013
    on Jan 11, 2013
    Yesterday was my first day back after Christmas break. It was a staff development day. We were bounced around the building from room to room so we could learn some stuff. It was a great opportunity to catch up with one another. Several of us had the...
  • Top 10 WTF Moments in my Classroom in 2012
    on Jan 11, 2013
         For New Year's Eve, I have put together a list of things that really made me say, "WTF" this last year. I hope you will shake your head with me as you read.     10. During some of our get to know you activ...
  • One Doozy of a Teacher's Nightmare!
    on Jan 11, 2013
    This morning I woke up from another one of those dreaded teacher dreams. The bell rang, but I couldn't find my schedule. Kids started coming in the room. I was trying to tell by the way they looked which class it was. Of course, in my dream there are...
  • Public Schools Kicking Teachers to the Curb
    on Jan 11, 2013
    Calling All Good TeachersResignation Incentive. That's what my district and many others across the country are calling their latest attempts to save money at the expense of good effective teaching and learning. They want anyone who has been teaching...
  • This Teacher's New Year's Resolutions 2013
    on Jan 3, 2013
    I had planned to write this before now, but I have had the flu. Spending valuable school holidays being sick is the ultimate in cruelty of the universe. I have to use every single one of my days off to rebuild the courage and positive energy necessar...
  • Teachers Moonlighting at Walmart
    on Dec 30, 2012
    Mr. Holtkiss and I are pretty frugal people most of the time. This is why I will be able to quit my job and just do part-time substitute teaching if I feel like doing so next year. We are beginning to see the list of things we would trade for a secon...
  • Love Won That Day
    on Dec 30, 2012
    Even before the Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut, our local schools were getting lots of bomb threats and shooting threats. Eight students from a neighboring school were arrested for the threats they made. Their classes were getting canceled left a...

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