Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Close To Heaven

It's not perfect. The room has no air and it is extremely dusty. There is only one phone and it doesn't work yet but it is will eventually. There are four computers and as far as I can tell, they all work. We even have a printer. There was no paper, but it didn't take me long to scavenger some up.

It's not heaven yet, but it is the closest thing to it at Packemin HS. We actually have a teachers' room, a place to work in peace other than our cars. Life is good.


Anonymous said...

6. Start with the assumption that teachers view you as a failed teacher wanting to stay in the retirement system. Work every day to show that you are not a failure and that you are a knowledgeable, hard working professional deserving of the respect of other, more experienced and more successful, professionals.

Anonymous said...

Whoops, I meant to add that goal to your below post. It would make a little more sense. Love the blog! Sorry.

Sonja said...

Sometimes I am just blown away by the things you all have to fight for but here in WV, we seem to take for granted. Anywhere I've ever taught here we have work rooms and computers almost coming out our ears. It is so easy to get tunnel vision and hyper-focused on our own issues but reading about classes/schools/teachers like you and yours reminds me of the larger world out there. Thanks.

Schoolgal said...

Glad you got a room. I know in many schools teachers donate stuff from home to give the place a cheery atmosphere like things they were going to get rid of like... Pics for the walls, an old vase, magazines and books. One teacher donated her old sofa.
The room should also have a union b-board. My school even helped get new furniture many years ago. The problem was some of the teachers who never cleaned up after themselves and left a dirty lunch table for the next person. Leaving a bottle of windex and paper towels didn't help get the point across, but at least the next person had a way to clean up.
Teachers also took up a collection for a coffee pot and supplies.

Pissed Off said...

I don't think that is going to happen. Packemin is just too big-probably a staff close to 500.

The room is not warm and cozy. The walls are painted over concrete slabs. There are four computers, one printer and a long table in the middle. No windows. Dust is everywhere. Still, it is better than anything we have ever had. I even have to carry my own printer paper.

My husband tells me not to complain, but you don't see any administrators forced to work in a room that looks like this. And, when he was at work, he had an office witha comfortable chair, and a computer. He feels like most other NYers, teachers don't deserve anything better.

mathman42 said...

I hope this isn't the only room for 500 teachers. It sounds like the room we have for about 100 teachers, and only about 40 ever use it anyway.

You folks have great stats. We got a crappy letter grade, could be on the way out.

Pissed Off said...

It is our only room.