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  • Got Discipline? (Charter School Diaries)

    on Jan 28, 14 • in Charter School Diaries • with Comments


    Year 2 Week 3- 1/21 – 1/25 One of my roles as an assistant principal is school disciplinarian. I loathe this role. My charter school uses a lottery system to enroll students. There are no requirements to apply to the school; prospective students are vetted somewhat, however we do not reject any applications. We have rules, regulations and policies that we expect students as well as parents to abide by i.e. proper wearing of the school uniform at all times, daily attendance to school and etc. We’re not a “school to prison pipeline” school; we don’t

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  • Step Up and Teach – Part 2: ELA Writing Standards

    on Nov 11, 13 • in Charter School Diaries, Current Events in Education, From the Front Lines, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy, Middle School • with Comments

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    Read Part 1 of this series about Reading Standards here.   Princess, my first grader, writes all of the time.  One day in kindergarten, after getting into trouble at home, I found a note taped onto the wall beside her bedroom door: “Git my stompys or im not ginoo clen my room git thym now”. [For anyone who is not fluent in kindergarten it said, “Get my Stompies or I am not going to clean my room.  Get them now!”] I understood the message.  Her new Stompie slippers had been taken as well as a

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  • Educators Must Avoid Isolation (Charter School Diaries)

    on Oct 28, 13 • in Charter School Diaries, Featured • with Comments

    Year 2 Week 4 9/23 – 9/27 Educators in urban schools are constantly trying to figure out how to get students to perform better academically. Some establish strategies that help children achieve academic success. Others simply maintain the status quo. Some simply do not believe anything can be done to help urban students achieve. A colleague of mine and I debate often about how to confront this issue; he says that it doesn’t matter the conditions of a student outside of school – the school can and must get kids to succeed. I argue that

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  • Parents, Teachers, and Conflicts of Interest (Charter School Diaries #28)

    on Oct 14, 13 • in Charter School Diaries • with Comments


    Year 2 Week 3 9/16 – 9/20 One of the things that I loathe about my position is dealing with unhappy parents. One of my job duties concerns student discipline. I give out and schedules detentions for students. I also make phone calls to parents and inform them of detentions. During the day, I tell kids to stay in uniform and I go to classrooms when teachers have classroom management issues. It’s not a job I enjoy doing, but it is a job nonetheless that I must do. I wish all the kids were great

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  • Administrative Frankensteins (Charter School Diaries)

    on Sep 30, 13 • in Charter School Diaries • with Comments


    Year 2 Week 1 (9/9 – 9/13) So I took the plunge this year and decided to jump into school administration. I still teach and I am a department head, but my new role is as the assistant to the principal.  Essentially, I am the assistant principal in my building. I have a number of different responsibilities ranging from dealing with student discipline to administrative oversight of procedures and teachers. What helps is my unique prospective and insight into my organization having had worked in it for going on 7 years in various capacities. Combine

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