Oklahoma teachers planning to strike

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Jostate

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How can they do that and not be fired? And how can they say they are for the kids when they know this is affecting state testing for their district and the potential for kids to meet graduation requirements and I'm sure there are other academic deadlines?

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I've never heard of a teacher getting fired, unless they did something that made the news.
 
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With Tulsa Public Schools scheduled to have students return to class tomorrow (and teachers reporting back today), I may not have too many more updates on this front. Thank you all for reading and your feedback the past month on this subject.

More than 100,000 Tulsa County students will return to class Monday or Tuesday after a two-week teacher walkout that left many districts closed for 10 instructional days.

School reopening comes after the Oklahoma Education Association called for the statewide walkout that brought crowds of education supporters to the state Capitol to end Thursday, leaving many teachers angry but paving the way for superintendents to call school back into session.

Broken Arrow, Bixby, Jenks and Union public schools will return to class on Monday. Tulsa Public Schools teachers will return Monday and classes will resume on Tuesday. For districts coming back after 10 days off, the return means that the school year will go longer and, for some districts, minutes will have to be added onto days.
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Bartlesville’s superintendent unwittingly played a critical role in sparking the teacher movement behind this month’s statewide walkout, but he plans on being a lot more intentional in his advocacy efforts moving forward.

His message for lawmakers, parents and concerned voters?

Understand that teachers are desperate for new state dollars to bring class sizes back down, to restore course offerings and to increase classroom support positions including aides for special education students and guidance counselors.

“I don’t think my teachers feel like they won,” said Chuck McCauley, who is only a second-year superintendent. “I am very frustrated with the Oklahoma Education Association — not our local association, but with the state level’s handling of the messaging. It has been a source of frustration for legislators — depending on who you ask, everyone has a different idea of what they’re asking for.”
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Many of the educators who swarmed the state Capitol to demand more education funding are ready to dive into the political arena themselves.

A significant number of the 794 people who declared their intent to run for state House and Senate seats last week are career educators. The three-day filing period from Wednesday to Friday recorded the most candidates the state has seen since at least 2000. Nearly 600 registered in 2006.

It’s not yet clear how many in the education field are vying for legislative seats, but initial filings show that elementary school teachers to reading specialists to high school principals are running for the Legislature.
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If you want to look back at any previous coverage, the tulsaworld.com/teacherwalkout link is still active.
 
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Apparently all the teachers I had growing up declined that request.
Neat. I find teaching and learning is a two way street. I'm sure I have students that think I'm absolute garbage. I also have students that seek me out later in life and thank me. I had one this year I would have swore thought the former and expressed the latter.

Couple things I know:

1. If I care more about your education than you do it won't work. I'm not a computer that simply uploads information.

2. Learning styles are real, but become a crutch more than an asset.

3. Being entertaining will build relationships and potentially relax tension, but won't lead to great learning. Often times when the "fun" stops, so does the effort. There is NOTHING that I will do that will override snapchat, gossip, and/or whatever the current game is(Fortnite).

4. Burnout is real. Talking to the four walls in a packed room is very frustrating over time. Every teacher I know battles this problem, and it is part of the deal. It is just a really hard part. I lose my students after their junior year. I usually have a large number of the seniors talking about how much they miss my class. I always think(WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT HAVE TO DONE WITH JOHN DOE?)

5. Schools won't hold students accountable for things like attendance/zeros. Zeros are my fault and should not be in existence despite a kids flat refusal to put their name to paper let alone work on content. Schools also have little control over population. It is VERY hard to get rid of the truly bad kids that represent a threat. It makes the atmosphere toxic and creates major barriers to teaching and learning.

6. Parental support is there, but usually limited to your higher performing students and those whose parents work at the school. P/T conferences are usually 10 or less parents showing up. I had 20 in the Fall and I was stoked. This Spring it was 8, none of which had a student with less than a B in class. I find parents don't want to hear it.

7. This isn't Lean on Me and I'm not Morgan Freeman. I love these kids, but there are boundaries nowadays that are there for good reason. Teachers(even the hot female ones) have ruined the ability to build great and close relationships with students without the appearance of impropriety. I"m not allowed to be a friend on facebook or connected on Twitter. I love playing games and it would be a cool time to get to know them and make connections, but too many teachers have failed to manage boundaries.
-I feared this coming out of college. I thought, "how will I handle it if some hot junior or senior" blah blah blah. In reality, these kids are like nieces and nephews. I cannot fathom crossing those lines. I want them to succeed, not to take advantage of them at all. Yet, you HAVE to be careful. Students WILL use you as a scapegoat the second the pressure is actually on them.

8. Loving this job and the students is not always enough. Doing a good job is somewhat hard to quantify. Testing doesn't reflect much beyond how well you can select multiple choice answers to poorly written and sometimes vague questions. They regularly make mention(during trainings) about how each students progress is individual and success for one kid is a different point than another. The one for US History the last two years has become a much more difficult reading test rather than a History test. Here's a sample of a question...

Some economists say Reaganomics....
a. energized the economy
b. relied on deficit spending
c. favored the wealthy
d. put pressure on the USSR

This is a paraphrase, but holy crap. How is a high school kid supposed to answer that? SOME economists will say whatever they want to say. Depending on political point of view ALL OF THOSE ARE TRUE!

Sorry, I had a moment to respond. Sorry that your teachers absolutely sucked, but in all honesty that tends to be a two way street. I try not to give myself crutches or excuses for not achieving goals. Me sucking, if true, much be corrected, but it is more often a crutch and excuse for a kid that literally never put any effort in at all.
 

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Some economists say Reaganomics....
a. energized the economy
b. relied on deficit spending
c. favored the wealthy
d. put pressure on the USSR
Some of my pet peeves about MCQs:
#1. Ending questions with ellipses. This basically invites the student to guess what you are thinking. Put the question in the form of an actual question.
 
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Interesting how different districts will respond to the Student Walkout that is being discussed on social media for this Friday.

My school district just sent an email saying students will be counted truant if they leave class without permission. They told parent if they wish their student to walkout then parents need to call beforehand and let school know. If parents call prior and provide permission then student will receive a pass.


On another subject. My wife’s school is having their mandated grade level tests today. I can’t imagine the results will be very good considering students have been out of school 3 of the past 4 weeks.
 
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Some of my pet peeves about MCQs:
#1. Ending questions with ellipses. This basically invites the student to guess what you are thinking. Put the question in the form of an actual question.
I don't remember if it was literally that way, but what I remember is how foolish the choices were. I was literally pissed off when I saw it. I felt like it was a massive waste of time, and that there was NO VALUE for my students at all in this test. There were others like it. 4-5 Paragraph passages where the question wasn't very clear or about a minor detail. That's a READING test!

Public schools don't get to pick and choose whom they serve, nor can they easily remove those that are real problems. The numbers(percentages) of my students that have trouble reading are really high. So this state test will do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to gauge the historical knowledge of the student, but it will most likely reinforce that they are not good enough or smart enough. Many of them shut it down(effort) when the passages come up. Pisses me off so much. Cause society wants to gauge me as a teacher based upon a student's ability to pass this test.

I have had years were all my students passed and most as ADVANCED and I've had years where the numbers weren't very pretty. Sometimes, I thought I had done a better job in the latter situation, but the test scores don't reflect that at all. High Stakes testing has its place, but I think the ACT & SAT type tests make far more sense and actually have a purpose.