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I am in the first year of a new job and I have definitely disappeared. We just finished our second full week of school and I haven't left before 5:00PM on any day. I worked 2 Saturdays in a row and brought work home to complete on Sundays. I don't mind the work, but it takes a toll on my family. My goal is to only work from home on the weekends so I am still accessible to my kids; and to leave work earlier so I don't miss all of my kids extracurriculars--which start this week. I CAN DO IT! (my new mantra) I, too, enjoy the challenge. But I need to reign things in a little and realize that there's only so much anyone can do in one day/week/year. Hope you have a wonderful year!
Toggle Commented Sep 2, 2012 on Will I Disappear? at On the Shoulders of Giants
This is a great post. I have recognized this problem in myself, too, but am powerless to change my sleep time. I have three children of my own who need me to be their parent at nighttime. 6 hours a night is all I can get. For me, the solution has been to always quickly and carefully think about what I am going to say/do before I do it. Then I force myself to reflect when I can. And late in the week, I visit the soda pop machine at lunch time...(not healthy at all, but it gets me through.) Good luck with your school year. I hope you manage to get more sleep!
Toggle Commented Aug 28, 2011 on The Teacher-Person at On the Shoulders of Giants
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Thanks for mentioning the cost and saving me the time of finding out. I'm with you--if I can't try it free first, I don't want it. It sounds like a great app, though...
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I am familiar with the teaching lives of Maggie, Mary and Renee on two fronts. I've been teaching in alternative education for 16 years. The children in my area who are like the ones Maggie describes often don't make it all the way to high school, but if they do--I have the privilege of working with them. My second front of familiarity comes from my role as a parent. My children attend a "failing" school. I am active on the PTO, write letters of support to the newspaper, and talk until I'm blue in the face about how wonderful the staff is at our local elementary school. But it seems that the only thing many people in my neighborhood notice is the fact that our school gets more diverse each year and that our kids aren't making AYP. We are seeing a lot of racist attitudes emerge,and a lot of negativity toward the school. I agree that we need weighted funding for schools. Neither my alternative program nor the school my children attend have enough computers for a whole classroom to use at the same time. Schools in other parts of the same district are so well-to-do that they don't even worry about the tech issue: 3rd graders bring their own laptops each day. Yet, the rallying cry of those 3rd grade parents is always the same: "It's not fair! If that school gets x-dollars than my child's school should get x-dollars too!" I can spew quotes about "walking a mile in their shoes" but until the shift is made from thinking about "my children" to thinking about "our community's children" nothing is going to change. So my new tactic is to talk about the kids. I will no longer praise the staff or tout the benefits of my alternative program. The data doesn't tell anyone anything they want to hear. Even though we lower the dropout rate and prevent kids from living a life of crime, crimes are still reported in the news. There are still hooligans out and about, so people believe that our schools are not making a difference. The new tactic must be to appeal to their guilt (and their hope for a tax deduction.) Think about those late night ads for Feed the Children: they don't get people to donate by listing the GDP of the country of origin and asking you to level the playing field with the U.S. GDP. They plaster the screen with pictures of starving children and ask you to pick up the phone. I think we need to do what we do best in education--talk about our kids. Keep sharing Maggie's email. Run it as a late night ad with some depressing music and pictures of some starving children. Let them think they're seeing a place that is far away (but is really only miles from their home.) Ask them to donate the same amount they'd spend in one day at Starbucks. Let them know it's tax deductible. Then use the proceeds to level the playing field in our schools. I have tried every other positive public relations tactic I can think of both in my teaching life and my parenting life, and I am out of ideas about what else to do. Now I'm waiting for a miracle...or some free late night TV ad time...
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