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Re: getting dumped on

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markpeterson (markpeterson)
Fri, 15 Jan 99 13:05:03 PST

I teach a high school night class for students who are trying to make up
credits they have missed or failed so that they can graduate. I teach 3-D,
Ceramics/Pottery I, Ceramics/Pottery II, and Sculpture all at the same time
to 30 students who are all at a different place in the curriculum. Most
kids are really surprised when they come into me class and find out that
they have to put forth some effort on their part. One example was the kid
who has been in the ninth grade for four years, has a .5 grade point
average, and a rap sheet three pages long. It gets kind of crazy some
times but I enjoy it out of spite.
I don't know what I would do in your position as I already have to perform
small miracles.

> In the last 3 days, the teen living teacher and I have had new students
> placed in our classes. These are students on a 4 x 4 block system who have
> entered a school on an a/b day block schedule where kids take 7 periods.
> They have placed these kids in our biggest entry level classes-not one,
> two! The second class we have been told to list as "teacher assistant" and
> to use that time to teach these kids everything they missed first
> Everyone is passing the buck on who told them to do this, but I aim to see
> the principal tomorrow to discuss my feelings. It is indicative to me of
> attitude that I don't do much, but I also feel like I am being asked to be
> unethical in the doctoring of records. Furthermore, the kids are being set
> up to fail, because there is no way to teach them what they missed and
> maintain classroom control and my sanity. Need advice-what do you think?
> Does this happen to you? Linda in NC