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Monday, August 12, 2013


School starts up again next week and I finally have the paperwork and medical stuff squared away that allows me to work yet another year. In fact the district, for the first time ever, is offering to pay subs a half development day to learn about a new concept called Project Based Learning (PBL) that they started last year at the lowest performing school in the district.

I have routinely turned down assignments at this school because the majority of the student clientele seem to be there only for the recess and lunchtime social interaction. It is going to take much more than one development class and $65 to change my mind.

That said, I'm willing to be bribed for their attempt.

Update: 8/15/2013 

I arrived at the school to find a packed library in attendance. The presentation team were scrambling to find room for all the substitute teachers that showed up. They were surprised and  happy to have such a large turnout. They said they would have been happy if 15-20 showed interest. I estimated the attendance at 50-60. I believe that all of us came away with a optimistic viewpoint for success at this school. 

Who knows? Maybe it will migrate to the rest of the schools in the district over time.

ESL Kinders...


Anonymous said...

It's hard for me to understand a teacher that doesn't want to attempt or at least try to reach a student in need. You sound like the kind of teacher that makes a lasting impression on students. You never know how much something you say could change a kid's life. Not criticizing just....wondering.

KauaiMark said...

"..try to reach students in need" need"

They replaced almost the entire staff and cherry picked a whole new teaching staff from schools across the district last year.

One of the things I want to find at this development class is how successful it was changing student attitudes/behavior.

Lindsay said...

I can appreciate someone who views things the way you do. Keep being who you are cause you rock.

Anonymous said...

Thanks. Like i said, not criticizing. Just some of your stories about subbing show that you're the kind of teacher who can reach them & make them interested in learning!