- What are areas you might want to study?
- Do you want to be in state or out of state for college?
- What are your study habits like?
- What are some strengths and areas that might need to be improved upon?
- What is the cultural diversity you are comfortable with?
- What is the educational background of your parents?
- Are you willing to talk about family struggles in college essays?
- Reveal single parent, homelessness, teen parents, talk about school struggles, jobs while working and going to school?
- Should we look at no-loan schools?
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Well today is conference day. I got here pretty early this morning. I slept in my 3-year old nephew's bed last night so I didn't get much sleep. I have chosen my three conferences and are excited to attend them. I am hoping to get some valuable information out of them.
That's it for now. I had my coffee, got my diet coke and ready to get the started!
Friday, October 19, 2012
This weekend I am attending a conference in Portland at Madison High School through the Rethinking Schools Program. http://nwtsj.org/
In my first workshop, I will be attending one of the following:
A. Empowering Students Through Action Research and Storytelling to Transform Classroom Culture
B. Unearthing the Voices Silenced by History
In my second workshop, I will be choosing one of the following:
A. Contemporary Issues that Inspire Historical Fiction
B. Financial Meltdown Tribunal
C. Weedflower: Teaching about Social Justice and Activism through a Novel Unit
In my third workshop, I will be going to this:
A. Minds Matter: Case Studies in College Counseling for Low-Income and Underrepresented Students
We get a lunch and for an extra $40.00, I get one Graduate Quarter Credit which is AWESOME!!!!!!!
I also get to see my wonderful nephews!!! So excited about that. My brother and sister-in law are being kind enough to let me stay at their place. I am packed, ready for classes to be out and ready to head up!!! I cant wait!!!
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
-Half of the members in my cohort from my graduate program were unable to obtain teaching jobs because of the lack of job availability in Oregon. Oregon has a surplus of teachers and too few jobs due to budget cuts...
-Fund our schools properly. Pay teachers a livable salary to attract the most experienced and successful teachers to the field. I, with a Masters degree, make 50% of what I could make in a non-education job with a masters degree. I currently owe almost $50,000 in student loans in a job where after maybe teaching 10-15 years, will I make that.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
There seems to be quite a few different opinions when it comes to the teachers versus the administration when determining the future of the school. A new requirement for graduating Seniors this year is that they have to pass both the OAKS Reading and Writing exams. These, to me, show that a student can pass a test, NOT that they know the material. I myself, could not pass one of these exams, but I know the material.
The reading exam is in a multiple choice format which is ridiculous... How can a student show proficiency in reading by taking a multiple choice exam??? This is absurd!!! Also, the writing exam... What do I have to say about the writing exam... Well you don't know how to spell, but you need to know your conventions, how to formulate an essay, word choice, make the voice of the writer evident and oh ya... Conventions again...
Currently, some people at school believe that those who pass the Oaks exams in both reading and writing, should be given upwards of 3 Credits of English! This would only mean that students need 1 Credit of English before they fulfilled their requirements. Our English department has decided that they should be given no more than 2 Credits but they have since been overruled even though they were asked to decide how much credit should be allotted in the first place!!!
This argument continues both in the departments of Math and Science... Social Studies is a department that you don't even want to get me started on...
Any who... Currently the staff at school are all working without a Prep period... This has caused chaos amongst students, hectic classes without proper direction and exhausted teachers! For many of us, our Prep period is our time to prepare for classes. To have meetings. To regain our train of thoughts. To get prepared!!! I have been talking with various teachers at school and have created a schedule that allows us to not only have a prep period, but also to keep our classes around 15-18 kids per class. We are also able to keep our Academic Focus classes. I am going to send this around to the staff once again and then when I have input from everyone, I am going to present it to our principal. I am really hoping that it goes well and that the administration adopts the schedule.
I am also starting to think about how I want to structure my Academic Focus classes next term. Next term, they will be all the same students, three class periods in a row without anyone moving from class to class. There will be consistency!!! A big goal of the school is to be a Proficiency school. Unfortunately, many of our students have yet to get the memo and our Proficiency model has turned into a lazy model. Most of our students need consistency. They need a regular schedule. They need accountability...
My next move this term is to determine what this consistency, regular schedule and accountability will look like.
Any who...Life is being life...