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I was a starry-eyed teacher from New Jersey. Now I work for Philadelphia Public Schools.

Archive for January, 2010

Protected: Why not good teaching?

Posted by aphillieteacher on January 29, 2010

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Protected: Violence in our District

Posted by aphillieteacher on January 29, 2010

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What Teachers Make

Posted by aphillieteacher on January 20, 2010

This one’s going the rounds. I found it this past weekend and now see it in a couple different places. It’s wonderful.

If you want to show it at school or other places where youtube is blocked, get a copy of “you tube downloader” so you can download it as a stand alone mpeg.

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Protected: Talent Show

Posted by aphillieteacher on January 19, 2010

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Protected: “she was tryin’ to get smart with me”

Posted by aphillieteacher on January 17, 2010

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Protected: The Life of a Substitute Teacher

Posted by aphillieteacher on January 11, 2010

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Charter vs Public

Posted by aphillieteacher on January 3, 2010

Tomorrow I start a new job in a different building. For anyone new to my blog, I’ve been transferred from a middle school Language Arts/Social Studies position to an all English high school assignment.

My last position was . . . let’s call it challenging. Those 7th graders were some of the toughest people I ever met — and I speak from personal experience that includes helping felons earn their GEDs.

So . . . tomorrow a whole new slate. But with a twist: last Wednesday I interviewed at a charter school. It felt so . . deceitful, like cheating on a marriage, to be interviewing at another school and very seriously considering whether I will work there.

Here are the pros and cons as I see them:

Public School

    Pros

  • pretty decent salary
  • almost guaranteed employment since turnover is so great
  • some kind of union representation
    Cons

  • chaotic administration
  • benchmark testing every 6 weeks with mandated “reteaching” every 5 weeks prior to the test
  • scripted curriculum and methods
  • students who range from heartbreaking angels to devils on earth (IEPs? nope. Not enough counselors for classification)
  • no classroom resources beyond what the teacher supplies him/herself

Charter School

    Pros

  • smaller class size
  • supposedly better motivated, better behaved students
  • parental buy-in
  • classroom resources vary from school to school
  • smaller, streamlined administration, due to fact that charters may not have more than 600 students
    Cons

  • no union
  • less money

Driving time is about the same in both cases.
I’d love to know your thoughts. Am I leaving something out of these lists?

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