The Teacher of the Year winner was announced yesterday during 6th period and I didn't win. Both my husband and I were nominated this year and he didn't win either. He came by my room to let me know that I lost to the winner by one vote. He said the principal wanted me to know that and thought it might make me feel better. Hey, I'm first place loser. Oh, yeah, that makes me feel so much better.
I was in the middle of trying to corral my most challenging class and my husband is trying to have a conversation with me. I wish the principal had just announced it over the loudspeaker like they do with the student body election results. The students know nothing about the nomination process, the election or the winner. It's actually a pretty ridiculous chain of events.
Teachers are asked to nominate fellow teachers. We are never in each other's classrooms because we work at the same time so we have no idea how good of a teacher our neighbor is. Who are we to judge each other. Then, we have to fill out a resume for that other teacher, when we really have no idea what they do. Then, teachers vote for each other, but nobody gets to see the form that was filled out, so it is really just a popularity contest. If you have a lot of friends, or if only one teacher from your department was nominated, or if people in your department remember to vote, you get picked to represent your school.
Then, one teacher from each school goes on to a selection committee where they have to present a list of accomplishments and make a video that says why they are so great and this committee which may or may not know anything about teaching picks one 'winner' from the district to send on to the state level.
One year, the principal forgot to ask for nominations and had to turn in our school's Teacher of the Year the next day, so just picked a teacher. She picked her friend and that lady was so embarrassed to be the 'chosen one' as we all called her. She didn't 'win' teacher of the year. Not that she wasn't a good teacher, but she didn't go through the process, however lame it is.
A couple of us losers were talking yesterday about how the real judges of good teachers aren't even asked. The students who have to sit in our classrooms should be given a choice in the process. Not the only choice, but at least some vote. The administrators should also be given a voice. Not that one administrator has come in my classroom to watch me teach, but maybe this would force them to come into classrooms more often. It's pretty silly to have teachers judge each other based on no knowledge of what actually goes on in the classroom.
I have actually sat in most of the teachers classrooms on campus because I am a BTSA mentor. (Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment) One year I took a day off and with my new teacher I was supporting we went around to every class on campus and sat for about 10 minutes and watched every teacher do their job. So, I have 10 minutes of information on what goes on in classrooms. That's 10 minutes more than anyone has of what goes on in my classroom. We also had a thing called 'Showcase of Excellence' a few years ago where the vice principal had teachers invite people to come watch 'good teaching'. I thought it was a stupid idea, but went anyways (yes, I can be a suck up and a really good one at that!). I got a much longer view of some of the classes on campus.
If I have to win, I have to start working on my resume for next year's election and polish my popularity skills. It isn't about good teaching as much as it is about who you know. I guess I need to get out of my room more and shake some more hands. I need to focus less on my students and more on my fellow teachers. Oh, wait, that defeats the purpose of being a good teacher. Nevermind. It's not like you get a closer parking spot or anything for winning.
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
So I took it in to get fixed and it needed a new alternator. $500 later, I thought my problems were solved. No such luck. There was still something not right because two sensor weren't firing right. I was told to drive the car for a while and start it in the morning when it was cold a few times.
I drove the car for 200 miles over the past week and it is still misfiring one of the sensors. The repair shop called and said that I can get the car smogged with the one sensor not working because of the age of the car. Hopefully tomorrow I will have the time to get it in and try it out myself!
Sunday, November 27, 2016
I took pictures of all of the caps, but now cannot find the cord for my camera to download them all to the computer. It has to be here somewhere, but when I don't use something daily, it has a tendency to fall into the couch, or under the couch or get put in a safe place to be found sometime next year.
If you have yarn and some time, this is a great project that could use your help.
Saturday, November 26, 2016
I'm not sure how this happens, but my dogs have figured out how to tell time. Every morning around 5am, they start to bark to wake me up. Not bark, bark, bark, like someone is at the door, but one little bark, then wait 2 minutes and then another little bark. They are telling me that it is time to get up for work. But what they can't figure out is that there are weekends and vacation days where I don't really need to get up at 5am. Then, we all come downstairs and I sit on the couch and watch the news, check my email and eat breakfast and they all go back to sleep. They just want to make sure the day starts right. They could easily come sleep on the couch by themselves, but for whatever reason, it just isn't as comfortable unless they all pile on top of each other and one of them at least has to be touching me to make it all work. I'm not sure who is protecting who here.
My quilting machine is broken still and I have nothing to show in that area, but I am still alive and kicking and have much to be thankful for!
It looks like the drought here in Northern California is about to be over. At least at my house. We are having lots of rain and I need to find someone to fix the gutter above my front door. The gutter is clean, but the downspout has been clogged for years and when it rains really hard, the water pours over and right in front of the door. I went into the garage looking for some stuffing for a doll I'm working on and the garage was flooding. The water was coming in through the wall and into the garage. Time to move some stuff and get things off the floor. Luckily it only rained hard for about 15 minutes.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
My money is on option #3. It's not like they (the people in charge-who have worked all summer) haven't had all summer to find someone to fill this position they knew was open since March.
Anybody want to come and work at my school? We are really nice sometimes and will help you with curriculum. The kids are good some of the times-at least as good as any teenager can be these days when they would much rather do anything besides what you ask them to do. I mean it's not like they bring guns to school EVERY day or anything. :) I really do love my job most of the time.
Monday, August 1, 2016
I guess there could be worse things to fight about. But at least I have something to write on the form.
In the winter, I crank up the heater and he turns it down. Maybe I should just add a layer of fat. I do love ice cream and chocolate! :)
Tick, tock, time is fleeting.