Discussion in 'Elementary Education Archives' started by justright, Nov 27, 2005.
Nov 27, 2005
If you had a choice, what would you change in your school district/region?
I would change the schools. I think they should knock down the two of the three elementary schools. Make them into one big school.
I would first change out most of the school board. Some of them have been there forever and it is truly an "old boys club". I would also make some minimal requirements for teachers to attend professional development. Some have never been, most on go once every 3 or 4 years. They are great teachers and they would be even better by stepping out of their comfort zone a little.
Build more schools. We are so overcrowded even with the new schools that are opening. They just can't keep up with the population.
I'm thinking of the school I went to and that my sister stills attends. I would change some of their policies for hs students.
I would change the regulations for principals. I think it would be neat if principals could be elected by the faculty. They could serve a three to four year term then have to return to the classroom for a couple of years before they run again. That way they stay in touch with the everyday grunt work of teaching.
I would change 2 things...in an ideal world, my school principal would not suck...lol. She would be professional, speak proper grammar, send home letters that have been proofread and corrected, and she would not start fights with teachers. She would also be a people person and would call when a teacher gets her appendix out and is out of school for 3 weeks!! (sigh...I'm ok now, sorry I had to get that out! lol)
Secondly, I'd change the parents to want to be more involved. Parents would all show up for back to school night and conferences. Parents would all sign and return tests and would all care immensely about their child's education.
Hey, a girl can dream can't she??
LOL I was going to say the opposite!
I was going to say the opposite! I'd make our schools much smaller (currently about 1100 in our elem school).
I'd revamp the state standards to have far fewer items but allow for more in depth study of the things 'on the list'.
I'd revamp or remove the standardized testing that stresses everyone out.
Great idea! nt
I would get rid of the idea of grade 7-10 intermediate schools. The grade 7 and 8's are not ready for the big high school atmosphere and many of them go wayward because they get lost in the system a they need to adjust too drastically (drugs, truancy, etc...) My daughter (in the French Catholic board) goes to a middle school which is only grade 7 and 8. I think this is perfect. It keeps it small and the teachers can all really get to know the students creating a better community to intervene if necessary with those adolescent issues that crop up in that age group (experimentation of all kinds, attitude, etc....)
- less testing
- continue to strive for smaller class sizes
- I like the idea mentioned earlier about having the principal teach every few years.
The schools aren't that big. and in third grade on they all go to school together.
That is what we have here 7th and 8th grade in middle. SOmetimes 6th.
I would hire janitors that don't spend the day eating in the supply closet and come to clean up vomit immediately. Earlier this year, we had to wait an hour before the janitor came. She was "taking a break" and couldn't come. If I don't dust, clean desks, mop the floors, dust the blinds, and empty the pencil sharpeners, it just doesn't get done. I feel like a one room schoolhouse teacher from 1895 who had to lug in the coal in the mornings and start the fire!
How horrible! Our janitor (last yr and this yr) are wonderful!
You do have to remember if they are on break it's because maybe they have to 15 min breaks a day. Of course coming an hr after the child had gotten sick is rather gross!
Title I schools would really have smaller classes rather that sizes equal or greater that the rest of the district. I would have a social studies curriculum that makes since. Second grade would learn about the regions of the united states instead of in depth details about the cultures of ancient china and mali. Finally, I would do away with reading grades if they are only based on DRA scores, district spelling inventories, and other district mandates (teacher assignments have no weight).
I like the idea about reading!
Sorry to hear that. My custodians are pretty great! I have worked in big schools and little schools. The little schools have better custodians. They take more pride in their job.
Cooks are a whole other story. In the school where I was last year, we took a field trip and needed bag lunches. We gave the head cook a month's notice on paper with totals of all the lunches and snacks we would need. We kept checking with him in the weeks leading up to the trip to remind him of our needs. On the morning of the trip we, the teachers ended up packing half the lunches because he could not get his act together. Then he screwed up the paper work so we had to pay for most of the lunches our classrooms needed. This year I am in a different school. For the Thanksgiving meal I asked the head cook if she had enough for me to have lunch. She got mad and said if I did not give her two days advance notice then I could not eat because she did not make enough for all the kids! :sorry: !!!! So I go eat my cold lunch. After my lunch time is over the head cook sends an aide to tell me she made me a tray now. Well I couldn't eat in front of my first graders. That just isn't right. I told her to keep the tray I did not want it now. Oh well.
That went on longer than I wanted it too. But anyway what I think should be changed is that teachers get free hot lunch every day. They throw out so much food that it is a sin.
Nov 29, 2005
I would have a qualified administration team that is open, honest, constructive, and just plain ol' nice. My principal is "not warm and fuzzy" and does not like young children. My Assistant Pricipal got her job because she was friends with the Principal and can't even keep track of which teachers are in the building. And to top it all off, my Reading Specialist doesn't even have a reading specialist degree! She's the principal's niece and walks the building telling people what they are doing wrong and how they aren't doing their jobs.
Dec 1, 2005
I wish my brother could escape his evil teacher! She is horrid, and she looped with his class so he had her for 1st and 2nd, and now in 3rd she's his reading teacher!
(my brothers are at the most unfriendly school, I always felt bad that I volunteered at another elementary, but when I tried to go to theirs, no one even showed me where the adult bathrooms were!)
Dec 2, 2005
ballance of power.
Sallaries (ie: those not in the classroom--or even at the school makeing a few hundred thousand a year, while teachers and EAs make a lot less)
basil programs (and other scripted programs)
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