Friday, December 08, 2006

Somewhat of a Handle

I had a conversation today with an AP (she caught me by surprise in the hallway). She is actually one of the better ones, has somewhat of a handle on reality. Notice, I use the word somewhat. I once again started telling her that the C-6 assignments left no time during the day for calling homes or writing letters and then reminded her that the C-6 assignment comes from within the school and the schools could change the assignments to give us some flexibility. She promptly told me that when that system was tried last year, some teachers took advantage and did nothing. I promptly told her that the same teachers were still doing nothing. She answered "We know that." When I asked her then why we couldn't go back to the flexibility and let the teachers work in a professional manner, she couldn't answer.

Somewhat of a handle I guess is a start. You've first got to see the problem before you can fix it. Now we've got to push for a real handle on reality.

4 comments:

17 more years said...

My understanding of the C6 assignment is that teachers needed to keep a log of what they did during their professional period. It seems to me that that would be a good place for your administration to start. Then again, that would mean holding certain people's feet to the fire, and I have come to realize that there are 2 groups of teachers in any given school: those that do, and those that do as little as possible.

Everytime I read your postings, I think to myself, "Thank G-d for homerooms".

NYC Educator said...

I don't know. I started working my ass off at the C6, found it went utterly without appreciation, and started emulating those who wisely did nothing. Last year I used to translate for Spanish-speaking families who brought their kids in to enroll. If the administration thinks it's better to have me sit in the hall and write lesson plans, I'm good with it.

Do homerooms preclude C6 assignments? If so, I prefer homeroom tool

17 more years said...

NYC- Contractually, teachers with homerooms meet the professional period requirement. I have to say, we're very fortunate in my school- the majority of the teachers are given as the professional assignment suspension room duty. If there are no students on in-house suspension, they are permitted to take it as a prep.

Pissed Off said...

I'd just like to go back to being treated like a professional.