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Difficult kids/ Alternative schools etc.

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KJODesign_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Wed Oct 06 2004 - 04:13:41 PDT


Judy, it's good to hear from someone who has been in this situation before
and survived. LoL It's not that the admins are trying to keep parents and
teachers apart. Instead it's more from lack of organization. The roosters change
continually so it's difficult for them to keep up. I am also currently
hindered by a few things. I was hired in late so I missed any sort of orientation.
 I'm trying to figure out how things work as I go along. When we had a
student walk off campus and refuse to come back it took another teacher a good half
hour to get admin to locate his number. The school is broken up into 5
locations. When they communicate they use a Nextel walkie. I still don't have one
yet. So if I did, I could conceivably get the phone number of a student.
But, even then it would take a long time to get it looked up. But, it's a moot
point anyway as I don't have a phone.

Your point about your family also sacrificing is a major one for me. I have
very mixed emotions on this. One, I believe that even if my kids lack some of
my attention they see in action a positive example and respond accordingly
with their lives. I'm lucky to have great kids and I think this is part of it.
BUT, I'm tired of seeing them sacrifice. I'm not certain if the trade off is
equitable.

When you switched from the alternative school with kids at risk to where you
are now, how was the transition? How much of a difference was there? If I
had a choice I'd rather be teaching High School or College level classes.
That's just where my communication is the best.

Thanks again for your input.

K. Montoya

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