Poor reactions to the important.

Today, we had a gun at school. And some other weapons and some other contraband. My school has adopted a more aggressive policy towards searches at the door, so today there were actual honest to goodness searches. Someone looked in many but not all of the students’ bags.
One student panicked when he realized that today someone was actually going to look in his bag as we walked through the metal detector instead of letting him set it down the table, walk through the detector and then pick it up. Most days, the employees who watch the students come in don’t even search students who set off the detector. But today, things were different and this young man got caught.
Oddly, even though this happened, at any given time today, students without passes could be found in the hallways and stairwells, near unalarmed exits that could be opened from the inside to let more guns into our school. We’ve had another clear warning and the system, from the superintendent down, barely flinched.

A little piece of satisfaction.

Every week, someone makes a presentation about how public schools have been going about their business in the wrong way all along. This person, usually young, usually educated in some “liberal art” at some college and usually with little or no experience in the classroom, invariably explains some new and novel process about catering to various “learning styles” and exciting kids about “exploration” in school. Of course, every week, some kid tells me “fuck you” or expresses some other similar sentiment. I question the efficacy of overhauling everything in order to do our job when maybe we could identify a handful of problems, like behaviour and address them. Which might require wholesale overhaul, I dunno.

Anyway, I’m really excited today because more students passed a chapter test than failed it for the first time since I came to this job. Which is pretty awesome. We talked about it and my students felt that they had new success because they worked hard and consistently for the whole chapter. We’re hustling along and plan on taking another test on Wednesday, this time over volume. (It’s a geometry class.) My kids are confident and working over the weekend, so for once, I’m looking forward to Monday.

So this is what a chunk of job satisaction feels like. I had forgotten.

Between Semesters.

I just finished the Fall semester of my grad program on Monday. Spring starts on Monday. And I’m giving and grading mid year exams this week. It’s crunch time. And it snowed. Woo Hoo.

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Welcome to the new website. I’ve updated to a new WordPress version and wiped the old stuff. I’ll use this site to post information about family mostly, along with my own stuff.