Monthly Archives: December 2010

Suggested Materials for a Beginning Public School Teacher

Public School, America (TWP)

You’ve got your degree, your certificate, and your love of education going for you. What else could possibly equip you for a career in the public school teaching field? Here are 5 must-have products on the market designed for the beginning teacher.

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Missing students located under pile of state-mandated testing manuals

 San Sebastian, NEW MEXICO (TWP)

Three missing San Sebastian Middle School students were located after hours of being reported missing by their English teacher Lynn Singleterry. Singleterry, who had been cleaning out a four-drawer filing cabinet full of directives and manuals from the principal, superintendent, and state education department, said they disappeared sometime during second hour.

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New school philosophy good, old school philosophy bad

Atlanta, GEORGIA (TWP)

 At Peter Washington Elementary, Principal George Dotson wants to change the school philosophy so that it is a good one instead of a bad one. His plan includes having all teachers read the book Working School Wonders: A Philosophy That Works and use it as a basis for a good philosophy and throw out their bad philosophy.

“Times are changing,” Dotson said. “We have to change with them, throw out the bad and incorporate the new and get down to the business of teaching these kids with the best tools we have, not the bad ones.”

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Teachers ban use of “utilize” and “implement”

Deerborn, NORTH DAKOTA (TWP)

In a faculty meeting at Deerborn High School, teachers voted to ban the use of certain verbs that appear repeatedly in documents from the state education department and the school’s own administration.

 Faculty president Rhonda Ledbetter said, “We’re tired of being told to “utilize the available resources that the state has provided” when what they mean is ‘use the textbooks.”

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Creekview Superintendent says No Child Left Behind a success

 Creekview, NEVADA (TWP)

 While school districts across the nation continue to struggle to meet the No Child Left Behind mandates, Creekview School Superintendent Manny Rothchild says his school has perfected the act’s mandates.

“We have never left a child behind in the nine years that the NCLB act has been in effect,” said Rothchild. “We care about the health, well-being, and schooling of every individual child in our school.”

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Brompton Public Schools finds cure for Futile Syndrome

  Brompton, AZ (TWP) A fter last year’s state takeover of failing school district Brompton, remaining teachers petitioned and received the right to run the school. This year, studies show that the teacher-run school has made great success in combating the near epidemic spread of FUTILE syndrome.

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Teacher causes continual school disruptions

New Township, OHIO (TWP)

 New Township High School English teacher Rachel Truman was reprimanded at the school board meeting Tuesday. High School principal Jeffrey Klung cited various offenses that Truman had been committing during the school year.

 “Ms Truman’s failure to abide by the school bell and period system is particularly disruptive to the school. Continually letting students out one minute before the bell—and on occasion, sometimes almost two minutes– contributes to a distraction,” Klung told the board.

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Wyoming Education Department starts new online teacher evaluation program

 Wyoming (TWP) The State Education Department of Wyoming has begun an online teaching evaluation program that students, parents, and anyone really can use to grade the state’s public school teachers.

 Wyoming education secretary Mo Banacek says of the program launched on Dec. 17, just in time for Christmas break, “We did considerable research on teacher evaluation programs throughout the nation, and then some boys in an advanced computer class at Roundoff Middle School brought this one to the board’s attention. We liked it immediately.”

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Ludesto Middle School renames its class periods

Ludesto, California (TWP)

At Ludesto Middle School, students no longer go to 1st hour or 2nd hour, but instead they are ushered in to Motivate and Map hours. A recent school board decision to change the names of the hours has been met with both resistance and support.

The name changes, according to board president Solomon Gwert, are loosely based on the steps in the Steven Covey book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens. “The teachers in the district were all given a free copy of the book to read and study over the summer break, and we implemented this change when school started.”

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Principal stops talking before finishing story

Bellington, AL (TWP)

 In breaking news out of Bellington High School, in a suburb of Montgomery, Principal Jonas Rancic broke off in the telling of “that time the plaster fell from the ceiling into my chicken-fried steak at the dining room table” to respond to a teacher.

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