• Yes, I have classes that tip the scales at over 40 students a period.
  • Yes, I told my 7th period that we should apply for Statehood.
  • Yes, due to a lack of supply, I am several desks short and some students are sitting in spare chairs, on the floor, on the counters and, at times, even at MY desk. 
  • Yes, due to budget cuts, we lost our duplicating clerk this year and yes, due to budget cuts, we lost our book clerk last year.
  • Yes, our receptionist and attendance ladies are killing themselves making up the slack in both the duplicating and book rooms.  They are saints.
  • Yes, due to budget cuts, the PAR (Peer Assistance Review) program, for whom I was a consulting teacher, was discontinued, resulting in a $4400/year reduction in my income.
  • Yes, hand sanitizers were installed in each classroom to assuage the paranoia surrounding the H1N1 virus (Swine Flu) giving my classroom a distinctly "Men's Room" feel.
  • Yes, if a student's hands are under the desk or in their pockets, chances are he or she is texting friends--often from row to row within the same class.
  • Yes, the PTSA had to beg for donations for their annual Supply Day just so I would have enough materials (paper, staplers, folders, etc) to make it through last year and the beginning of this year.  Thank you; you are the Santa's elves of education.
BUT:
  • Yes, state-of-the-art projection systems and document cameras were in installed in every classroom last year--thank you local voters.
  • Yes, we just opened our brand new stadium, where people are congregating and enjoying themselves even as I write this.
  • Yes, there are plenty of other improvements that I'm probably completely unaware of.
  • Yes, the colleagues in my English Department are some of the smartest, most talented teachers I've ever had the privilege to work with (including those who should still be here).
  • Yes, I would include the rest of the faculty and staff in that assessment.
  • Yes, the park-like setting has made driving up to the campus a joy every day of the over 6,000 days I've taught here.  The recently replaced grass is a luxury we should never take for granted.
  • Yes, we have some of the most hard-working, motivated, and dedicated students I've ever seen.
  • Yes, I'm the only teacher who has taught in Room E-4 from the day it was built, a concrete detail of which I tremendously proud.
  • Yes, I will be attending a workshop next week where I will receive a new laptop that will assist me in teaching thanks to features I can only now dream about.
  • Yes, I go to bed every night feeling not only that I've made a contribution to my society, but that I have created a ripple effect in the future.
THE BOTTOM LINE?

  • Yes, I will teach these children.  No matter what.  And there's nothing you can throw at me that will keep me from that purpose.

If you wish to be the best man, you must suffer the bitterest of the bitter.

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1/26/2012

THX for info

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Fine post bro

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3/21/2012

will return soon

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3/25/2012

is before long

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9/24/2012

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