Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Good press and help

It's so nice to have some positive press about teacher surpluses and smaller class sizes in the Baltimore City Public Schools.

I have not agreed with everything I have heard or seen from Dr. Alonso, but he sure seems to be steering things in the right direction in a lot of ways.

I sure hope those smaller class sizes make their way to me. I have averaged 33-36 in the last few years, making for a very difficult grading load and a cramped classroom. According to the article, there is now a 25.2:1 student:teacher ratio in the high schools in the BCPSS. These numbers are often skewed by who is counted as a teacher and other factors that I don't understand (somehow, a webpage published our school's ratio as 18:1 last year, which, as far as I could tell, was just a little more than half as big as it actually was). Still, the fact that the ratio is decreasing has got to be considered a major step in the right direction.

Heck, I even got a return email about my certification question from last week. I have never received a return email from someone at North Avenue before. The website is still pretty unmanageable and I had to ask around to find the correct email address for certification, but, once I did, it took less than a week for a reply.

(Not that it was good news, by the way. It looks like I have to take both of those dumb reading classes, unless - and I'm hoping this happens - one of my Towson MAT courses will double as one of them. Please, Towson, come through for me. They're reviewing my transcript as we speak. Or, rather, I handed it to a harried receptionist at North Avenue in the very busy Human Resources office about an hour ago, so it'll at least be on someone's desk in the next couple of days.)


MyLifeToLiveNow said...

What's up. I must admit that I happy that you are teaching in Baltimore. I used to be a long term substitute, and the kids treated me like shit about half of the time. Also, I felt sorry for them. Yeah I did teach them the best I could, but many of them were in 10th or 11th grade and they didn' even know you to read/write on a 3rd grade level. Many students were failing most of their classes because they couldn't read/write on grade level. You do you deal with that problem?

Anonymous said...

usually MAT programs which are by design certification programs have the required reading courses built in? a quick glance at towson's site shows that SCED 560 and 561 would be the two secondary state-required reading courses. if you took them,i am pretty sure you should be fine. if towson let you graduate without them (accepting transfer credits instead), shame on them.