Staff Development Wishes

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Registered: 03-24-2003
Staff Development Wishes
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Wed, 12-16-2009 - 6:38pm

I was talking to an administrator and he was complaining about the attitudes of his staff. He feels that most teachers

Sherry

 

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Registered: 06-04-2003
Fri, 12-18-2009 - 3:31pm

I understand. When you're a super mom, life is never dull. As for me, so much has gone on in my life in the last 6 months, don't even know where to begin. But I will say that I finally finished my Masters Degree. So happy about that. Yes, I know I procrastinated and I shouldn't have, but finally did it. All the rest, I'll just keep you guessing for awhile. Don't want your eyes to cross.

As for my responses, I heard the fund raising for parent participation at the charter school conference in DC this summer. Best idea I've heard in years. If we can sell candy and crap for frivolous things that the kids don't always deserve, why not raise money to get the parents involved.

Alright, I'm shutting up now. I'll give you a better update later on this evening. Later gator!!

GT38

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Registered: 03-24-2003
Fri, 12-18-2009 - 10:47am

Hello, there Ms GT!

Sherry

 

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Registered: 06-04-2003
Fri, 12-18-2009 - 9:52am

Question 1: If your school got a grant to fund any type(s) of staff development activities, what would you request? Why do you think the topic is important? I hear so many teacher complain about useless staff development that is a waste of their time. What would really help you and your school?.......

The developments we receive aren't useless as they re just repetitive. It's never new. Differentiated instruction, special ed, how to use the texts books, classroom management techniques that don't work on some of our students.....

So, for those of us who work in urban environments where the children's behavior is less than great, teach us how to deal with that in an effective way that doesn't compromise our integrity and keeps the disruptions to a minimum. Also use that grant money to pay parents a small stipend to work at the school. It may just be 50 bucks or so but believe me, money is the great motivator.

Question 2: What are the goals in your school improvement plan? Are they being met? What would you need to help your classes or your coworkers meet the goals? Teachers always complain about school improvement planning and feel it's a waste of time because nothing ever changes and goals are never met. Does your school have a viable plan that's making a difference? What would really make the biggest difference/improvement in your school?

Yes again, many schools have a plan and only half the goals are ever met. Again, the environments in which I have worked always plans to get the parents more involved and it never happens. So the above mentioned grant money should be allocated for that, getting the parents more involved in the process. Making them our allies instead of feeling like they are our enemies.

Also, maybe it's not us that need more pds, maybe its the admins on how to treat people. I've had 5 admins in my life and only one of them I absolutely love and the rest if seen on the street I may actually run them down. Yes, that's cruel, but that's how worthless they made me feel when I didn't perform miracles on a child who was never in school, causing problems and treating us all like crap. But I digress.

So my consensus, pay the parents to be involved, get the admins some "how to create a more cohesive and cooperative staff" pds and give us NEW pds, not continue to repeat the same ones. Thanks for listening and how are you by the way. Miss talking to ya!!

GT38