Hello! I haven’t posted here in a while, but boy oh boy I’ve been writing. Last year I read about the A-Z Challenge and since then I have wanted to write about teaching. The A-Z of teaching. Actually, the A-Z of why I left teaching. As this next month came around I decided against it. I’m already doing a “Babu A-Z” on my other blog Transcribing Memory. Please check it out!
I’ve also decided to participate in Camp Nanowrimo for April. I need to prove to myself that I can write a second. That I wont ride the coat tails of one unfinished novel forever because I’m too scared and unsure to begin a second.
Speaking of the unfinished novel. I also need to revise, edit, and finish that one.
So, there has been plenty to do and I haven’t been worrying about this blog at all.
Until I realized that I need to exorcise some demons. I think about teaching every day. Even still, the decision to leave now has a clear reason. At the time, however, it was so clouded and painful.
I also feel the need to speak up about the state of current urban ed. I’ve stayed away from it because I don’t understand politics. i also only ever taught in one school, in one district. However, I’d like to share my experience. I believe that people do not understand what teachers do, unless, of course, they are teachers themselves. I also believe that policy makers have a disconnect. The decisions they make for our schools are insane.
More importantly, people don’t understand our students. They don’t understand what they need.
I used to teach at the high school level. I have no understanding of early childhood education.
I worked in what I suspect was a unique school system, but maybe not. My range of experience is only that.
I haven’t studied educational theory. Not much. Most of it I find either common sense or misguided. My opinions are based on experience and what I can extrapolate from them.
Sometimes I see the problems and I don’t know the solutions. Or, I know the solution but not how it could reasonably be done. I just used to work here.