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Is Anybody Listening to Teachers? - Education Week Teacher

So earlier this year, I attended my first school board meeting to speak out on the proposed initiative to cut the planning period. I was hoping I could get the board to understand how much we needed the teacher’s planning period. In my speech, I tried to convey how much work a teacher does outside of class every day, and how important that work is for students. I told the board that every teacher I know is already working as hard as they can. I asked for their help to maintain the integrity of what I do as a teacher.

When I finished, all the teachers present at the meeting gave me a standing ovation. Several teachers I had never met before hugged me. I had spoken up for what I believed in, and the message came through loud and clear.

The next day several teachers also spoke up publicly, wanting to know if the board would proceed with the changes. A board member responded that in the future, they would try to do a better job of communicating changes to teachers, so there would be more buy in.

In other words, the mandate would go forward as planned regardless of the number of teachers who felt the change would hurt teachers and students. Our objections simply didn’t seem to matter. And it’s hard not to feel that this was partly because we are teachers.

There is a certain stigma attached to being a teacher today. This may derive from the memories some people have of incompetent teachers who sat behind their desks and scolded them. But I think an even worse problem may be the fond memories some adults have of teachers who gave them free periods and sat at their desks and did nothing. Those teachers have given the rest of us a bad reputation because they have made many believe that our job is easy.

The thought of not having full planning periods puts a tightness in my chest.

Meet the Teacher Who Inspired Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah'

The most popular guest at the Paramount Pictures premiere of “Noah” on Wednesday night in New York was decked out in a bright pink ensemble with matching boots.

Vera Fried, who admitted that her wardrobe came from a Suits for Less discount store, isn’t a trained actress. She’s Darren Aronofsky’s former seventh-grade teacher.

The director of “Noah” contacted his old instructor three decades later to thank her. “She inspired me in the seventh grade to become a writer,” Aronfosky told Variety. “She said, when you write your first book, dedicate it to me.” And he did: there’s a inscription to Fried in his “Noah” coffee table book.

Fried, who is now retired in Delray Beach, Florida, from a lifetime of teaching in Coney Island, N.Y., said she wasn’t familiar with Aronofsky’s work when he reached out.

“I didn’t hear from him for 33 years, and then he sent me the unpunctuated email,” Fried says, noting that the teenage Aronofsky used to punctuate perfectly.

I watched an interview with this guy, and in describing how he was inspired as a 7th grader, he said it was because he had “a magical teacher.”  So, he gave her a part in the movie.

"When public schools are judged by how much art and music they have, by how many science experiments their students perform, by how much time they leave for recess and play, and by how much food they grow rather than how many tests they administer, then I will be confident that we are preparing our students for a future where they will be creative participants and makers of history rather than obedient drones for the ruling economic elite."

Mark Naison, Fordham professor and social justice activist (via socialismartnature)

"Teachers who are sensitive to their students and who openly share their enthusiasm for learning and their belief in their students’ abilities can help buffer low-SES kids from the many risks and stressors they experience in their lives."

Teaching with Poverty in Mind by Eric Jensen, pg 88

Crooks and Liars: Conservative husband apologizes to his wife, a teacher after he voted for Kasich.

Dear Honey,

I’m sorry.

I am a conservative husband, belong to the Tea Party and I voted for John Kasich. I have been married to a Cleveland teacher for almost 14 years and my vote let her down.

I apologize:

For letting people tease you about having the summer off and not asking them to thank you for the tough days ahead that begin in early August. I know for a fact you work more hours in those 10 months than many people do in 12. All those hours are earned.

For complaining that my Sunday is limited with you because you must work.

For making you think you have to ask permission to buy a student socks, gloves and hats.

For not understanding that you walk through a metal detector for work.

For leaving dirty dishes in the sink [when you awoke] for your 4 a.m. work session. I should know you have to prepare.

For thinking you took advantage of the taxpayers. Our governor continues to live off the taxpayer dole, not you.

For counting the time and money you spend to buy school supplies.

For not saying “thank you” enough for making the world and me better.

I love you.