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Same old, same old

Posted Jan 14 2009 8:53pm
Time for a brief rant. I am starting my 5th year of teaching and I am noticing the same old problems in public education. Where to start...

I have no idea about my budget. I don't know what I can spend so I can't buy anything.

Then there are my student rosters. I am waiting for the year when they are actually finished on the first day of school. Right now the ESL 9th graders have yet to all be scheduled into my classes and tomorrow is already their second day of school. This is only a minor inconvenience for me but for them, this is terrible. Some of them may not know a word of English and they are out there lost. That must be so hard for them. It seems I have a new ESL coach who can help with this but it also seems that her time is divided between two schools. Apparently she won't be in until at least Friday and in the meantime there is nothing I can do to help the kids.

My greatest frustration has revolved around getting the stuff/supplies I need to kick off the year. While I was sick the computer projector I was borrowing went back to another teacher. She was gracious enough to give it to me again on temporary loan but now I must take most of my budget (if I have one) and spend it on a computer projector. I wanted to buy an overhead too but found the cost appalling. Both these obstacles seem surmountable but my last issue is causing great concern. My yoga mats are missing! I just sent an email to the old teacher in China in hopes that she can shed light on this calamity (lol).
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