You could so much as breathe funny...

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Tue, 01-13-2009 - 8:47am

One thing we talked about in class on Saturday was what sort of behavior could cause you to be disciplined by the certification board, or even lose your license. You guys may know, it's not just stuff like sexual misconduct or criminal behavior. You can also accidentally mention confidential info about a student and get disciplined that way; I could see how that might happen by accident, anyway.

One recent incident in Ontario really scared me. A first grade teacher had pics of caterpillars up in her room that showed all the books each student read. One student who didn't read as many books had his mother complain because he didn't like being compared. Now, I do agree competition can be poison, but it seems to me if you can get in serious trouble for that, you can get in serious trouble for anything:0!

YIKES!

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Beth "Petrouchka"

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Tue, 01-13-2009 - 7:49pm

I don't think caterpillars for books read is a dismissal offense. I wouldn't even write an evaluation comment on that one.

Sherry

 

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Wed, 01-21-2009 - 3:27pm

wow--I just happened on this board and had to chime in.

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Wed, 01-21-2009 - 4:54pm

I definitely agree that's going too far.

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Wed, 01-21-2009 - 7:18pm

I teach 5th grade at a Catholic School. Before the election, during Religion class, the kids asked how Catholics should vote when it came to determining who to vote for as President. I told them that Catholics should look at what the Church believes and match it to the candidates, taking each issue one by one. For instance: the Church believes that abortion is wrong, so you look at the candidates and see how they stand on this issue. Then, they were to go onto the next issue and so on, to see which candidate best matched more of the Church's teachings. (This is what we have been told at Mass and what is printed in Catholic publications.)

I got into trouble for telling a bunch of Catholic students in a Catholic school that the Church believes that abortion is wrong and for saying that Obama was pro-abortion and McCain was anti-abortion. I told them that this was only ONE issue to look at, but there were many others to consider. It wasn't a license-losing moment, but my boss now has negative comments in my file because of this 'incident.' A formal notice went out afterwards that banned all students, teachers, and parents from expressing their political views on school grounds. I also was asked never to mention abortion again, even though they first heard about it from their teacher in 4th grade. One parent came up to me later and said, "I heard what you said about abortion. I know that a lot of parents are angry about you bringing it up, but I support you 100%. This is a Catholic School, and I hope you didn't get into trouble because of it."

I think I might have expressed some frustration at the time, but didn't give you all the details. I still have parents who are mad about it. What upsets me is that the parents didn't come talk to me about what was said, they simply listened to part of their children's story and went to my boss first with something that "resembled" the truth. I hate that.....

 
 
 




Edited 1/21/2009 7:22 pm ET by coloradomom2b
Feb 09 Siggy

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Wed, 01-21-2009 - 7:31pm

Hi, Dana! Welcome! I'm glad you found us.

Sherry