Friday, September 16, 2016

Frustrations are high

From my sent email box after I got the fire plan for the University of Pennsylvania:

I DON'T WORK AT PENN.  GET ME OFF THIS FREAKING LIST!  9TH REQUEST!  I WORKED THERE THIS SUMMER  FOR THREE WEEKS.  YOU COULDN'T EVEN GET ME A WORKING CANVAS ACCOUNT FOR THE CLASS I TAUGHT OR WI-FI ACCESS.  BUT I GET THESE FREAKING EMAILS STARTING SEPTEMBER 1ST?  GIMME A BREAK!

What's your opening of school bureaucratic nightmare?

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Measurables

This showed up in my facebook message box today:

Hey Doc Sal! Your photo of your children popped up in my feed today. Can't believe how grown-up they are! Time really does fly. Happy to see that you and your family are all doing well! Made me think of you and how wonderful of a teacher you always were. Hard as hell, but so invested in each of us doing well not just in, but outside of the classroom as well. That's hard to find, so thank you for caring so much about us and our learning! Hope all is well! 
I taught this young woman a decade ago.  Other than a yearly  birthday greeting, I don't think we've had a lot of contact.  She's not a student that I've kept in close touch with. 

There's a lot of talk about measuring both teacher and student performance.  I'll take it all more seriously when the metrics (or, as the lingo has it now, "measurables") include evaluations like that.  That's the one that matters the most to me and that's why I do what I do.   I'm pretty sure there are tens of thousands of teachers that feel the same way.