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.
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.