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

Archive for November, 2010

Multi-Lingual

Posted by aphillieteacher on November 24, 2010

I speak three languages, one of my junior girls told the class proudly. Profanity, sarcasm and English.

Gotta love it.

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Email from our Principal

Posted by aphillieteacher on November 23, 2010

I never met the man she mentions, but he sounds great:

Someone called 267-XXX-XXX and left a message about a girl being defiant and misbehaving and not being allowed back in the class. That was a wrong number.

The man at this number has no children, wife or even girl friend, although he wishes he had one. Furthermore, his future children will never act like that. Please check your call logs.

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I’m Back (bitterness alert)

Posted by aphillieteacher on November 22, 2010

I can’t say that I’ve come roaring back stronger than ever. I’m strong but I’ve decided that November is way too soon to be sad, burned out and disillusioned.

It comes down to this: am I wanted here? Really. Let’s be honest.

I’m cursed out by some student every single day. Sometimes I get it from a kid I never met before because I had the nerve to ask him/her to stop running/slapping/screaming/ whatever. “F*ck you” is the common reply, followed by a stream of invective.

Administration is harsh, demanding, and unforgiving with the staff. Kids break rules all the time with little or no repercussions. Hoodies, cell phones, mp3 players and tardiness are all supposed to be stopped at the front door. What a laugh. It falls to the teachers in every classroom in every period to enforce what the administration does not.

The unspoken message is clear: we don’t care about you. We don’t even like you.

Why do I want to stick around for that?

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