Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! A Picture is Worth One Thousand

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Happy Birthday Dr. SuessFound today in a DISD school building.  Thank you!

Objective: Our objective today is to have a lot of fun, laugh a lot and learn about the life and stories of Dr. Seuss.

DOL: I am terribly sorry, but there will be absolutely no demonstration of learning today. “Think and wonder. Wonder and think.” Dr. Seuss did not believe in demonstrating learning – just doing it was good enough for him.

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nocoaches
nocoaches

Paige trying to make Texas a leader in education shows the joke he is--that man is barely literate, but he has made a bundle off his lying about reforms in Houston----all the way to the White House.

The professor from Rice knows the research and understands teaching.

TFA as usual sends lying liars to the podium to spout their missionary zeal. 

 

Disgusted over the show at Pinkston last night. As usual, Miles is embarrassing beyond belief. He doesn't seem to realize he can't pull money out of the general fund and sprinkle it on Pinkston and Lincoln because of Title I comparability which has turned out to be a total joke in this district.

 

Dallas is losing its talented teachers exactly for the reason stated by the Rice professor--Dallas has a hostile environment for teachers who are required to use methods that are totally ridiculous.

 

And Ron Paige and Mike Moses think they know how to appraise teachers? That glutton Moses loaded up his pockets and let our high schools fail while he was put the on board of companies as some kind of pay back for handing out contracts. Then Moses turns into a superintendent recruiter. He is a crook. Paige is just stupid and where would the TFA liar have a job without TFA? How long did she stay in the classroom before becoming a TFA stooge?

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

Watchthis6. I watched it, and I saw two people, Paige and TFA person, touting systems that directly benefit them. The Rice professor was the most articulate in that she seemed to understand how lack of funding, poverty, and teacher evaluation systems are not helping to educate Texas children. Paige attempted to ignore that by praising Texas governors. Really? Really? The TFA person slipped in acknowleding exactly what TFA is for: to grow leaders in the education movement (those who had brief experience teaching low-income kids). TFA's mission is not to grow teachers but to grow future commissioners, superintendents, and charter operators who will endorse and employ TFA teachers. In that way TFA is just like Broad---growing people who support an agenda that is against teacher tenure, FOR making standardized testing the be-all-end-all for evaluating the performance of students and teachers, FOR pay for performance and FOR unlimited charters (for profit and not-for-profit) that are free to pay teachers less and charter heads or administrators more. By and large these charter heads are businessmen and women rather than educators who want unlimited access to public school $$$. Their goals have little to do with education but everything to do with money. I'd say it is more disgusting than fascinating.

WatchThis6
WatchThis6

This is fascinating:

http://www.texastribune.org/2013/03/05/tribunefest-building-a-better-teacher/

 

There is one person of intelligence here. Ron Paige is an idiot. TFA mouthpiece starts blabbering and won't quit. TFA is a place for her to get paid a very high salary and not teach and she is giving it her best. She is not an idiot. She is a liar.

 

 Linda McSpadden McNeil is brilliant. She is a professor at Rice. Listen to the richness of her message.. Standardized tests are not made by subject matter experts. They don't measure anything but how well kids take tests.

 

Always the Advocate
Always the Advocate

Is anyone else having trouble fitting in an MRS every 10 minutes or 6-8 per class period? This is such craziness. #jobsearching

stop the insanity
stop the insanity

I am curious if they will continue to accept your S54 after they have made the quota on funds. Do they have to inform you if they are out of funds?

P O L I C E
P O L I C E

Those of us who will be submitting our S-54 and Early Notification forms, use your cell phone to take pictures or video while dropping off your documents at the HCM office. This will be evidence that you followed instructions.

 

Due to years of awful history, the Human Resource is known for losing applications, the trust level is 0! If you don’t, they can say they never received it.

remember the rojas
remember the rojas

For all of those who would like to become informed about the upcoming DISD trustee elections, there will be a candidate forum this Friday, March 8, from 5:30- 7:30 pm at SMU School of Law, 3315 Daniel Avenue, sponsored by Leadership DISD.  They are sponsoring other events about public education this week as well.  I'm not necessarily plugging this organization.  They happen to be hosting the very first candidate forum after filing closed on Friday.

 

http://www.dallaspublicschoolsweek.org/#!PROJECTS|c21kz

 

I suggest that all those interested in working on campaigns come to this meeting so people can meet and strategize together.  It will be great to get things started before Spring Break, so we can hit the ground running when everyone returns.

Holding On
Holding On

DOLS are supposed to be quick , but this is  a DOL from middle school  Reading on the Curriculum Central website:

"Given two previously read narratives that have been studied in class, students will write a paragraph that makes one connection between the two texts and then support this connection with one piece of textual evidence from each text. Beginning students may provide an illustration with caption from text. Intermediate students may write a sentence making a connection between the two texts and support with textual evidence."

 

 How come then when I put up one like this, I am told this is an activity. Oops another 1.0 for me!

 

There had been NO consistancy for learning how to write or post a Daily Oppressive Lesson all year. I've never had feedback from an ED; she just types and then leaves to go annoy another school.  Can you imagine this in our teaching: "You didn't answer these correctly. Try harder next time." then leave the kids with absolutely no information as to the response you wanted.  Or, "You answered that pretty well, but didn't use the Bloom words in your answer. Try harder next time."

 

I'm still holding on, but I'm down to one hand and a finger.

doo doo DOL
doo doo DOL

Dallas ISD has become the “LAUGHING STOCK” of all school districts.

Wooo hooooo
Wooo hooooo

 

One more week 'til Spring Break !!!!

 

S54 Time
S54 Time

I could be wrong, but it appears to me that virtually no one "gets" these silly DOL, LOL blah, blah, blah, things rights according to the IPAD junkies who come around.  Could it be since none of us knowledgeable teachers seem to  understand  (according to EDs), that  this is possibly  just another strategy concocted by the Miles regime to oust anyone of us?  I bet this is all part of the "plan" to get rid of us.  Yes, let's set them all up for failure says so called experts. Seems a big set up to me......

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

Woodrow Alum, Do you really DISD to control even more of what you do? Surely you don't want a script on top of DOLs. Because that may be where Miles is headed---dictating everything you say in the classroom. I'm retired, but the entire idea makes my skin crawl. I knew what I was doing, as do all of you, and I would terribly resent the entire DOL thing or anything dictated that I must do. I don't think I could have stood what you guys are going through this year. Be careful what you wish for, or he may become even more dictatorial.

Woodrow Alum
Woodrow Alum

If the DOL and Objective are so important why doesn't the "curriculum" department write the lessons and DOLs and the teachers will follow those.  Why do the teachers have to spend so much time inventing the curriculum??  The teachers have a curriculum guide which they must follow so why not develop the DOLs??

WatchThis6
WatchThis6

 @Always the Advocate As was apparent last night at Pinkston, Miles and Uplift and the mayor are in charge of Dallas public schools.

The mayor was not put in office to run the schools. Miles is a brain damaged fraud and Uplift is a sham. What we have in Dallas is big money and big power are going to run this district from SMU and the mayor's office.

The mayor has never taught. The thugs at SMU have never taught. This is all about real estate development.

It needs to be broken up.

disgruntled
disgruntled

 @Always the Advocate 

I've given up on it.  There are dry erase boards and markers for students at all of their desks in case someone walks in, and I just pivot in to meaningless activity.  This about sums up my attitude towards the word-salad jargon terms like "data driven" and "rigor":

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtwXlIwozog

 

We've been told our DOL should be less than five minutes.  When I was asked, in a meeting our ED attended, if we are to modify the DOL to accommodate LEP students (e.g. more time or something (don't want to call it an activity) that is scaffolded to meet their needs, I've been told no and that the non-activity DOL needs to be completed in under 5 minutes.

 

Is there a DOL on my board?  Sure.  Is it completed if there isn't an observer in my room?  I can't say; it's kind of like a tree falling in the woods.

 

My students also know what to say if someone interrupts their learning during class.  Lo siento.  No entiendo lo que está diciendo.  Por favor, estoy tratando de aprender.

Roxanne Paypascissors
Roxanne Paypascissors

 @Always the Advocate I don't do it...at all.  Miles doesn't expect it either.  20 years ago, I was fired from a teaching job in small town Oklahoma because I'm gay.  It was a similar situation.  They wanted me to redo my lesson plans... again and again.  I was even told to write everything I would say in class as a script as part of my lesson plans.  You know, those lesson plans were never going to be good enough.  They fired me after having discussed my sexual orientation at a school board meeting.  I've had this job for almost 18 years and great reviews each year.  Now we have a superintendent who is bent on ridding DISD of all the most experienced (expensive) teachers.  Your LOs, DOLs and MRSs will never be good enough, written correctly or performed quickly enough for this man.  You can outlast him, though.  He never stays anywhere very long and that's the case for all the Broad-trained superintendents (thebroadreport.blogspot.com).  You can hang in there!  I know you can and you will!  Just keep getting up in the morning. Get dressed.  Drive in and say "hello" to us, your co-workers and we'll give you a friendly smile.  Your courage fuels ours.  We love you!  

Here Comes Retirement
Here Comes Retirement

I made them make copies of all the documents. They give you a ticket with the day, time and person who did your paperwork. It wasn't croweded at all this afternoon.

FamilyGuy
FamilyGuy

My friend resigned, took a job in another district and DISD claimed she had not resigned properly and forced her to go back to her old position (threatening her with her license) where she is tormented daily by the administration. 

LBart
LBart

 @Holding On I have a feeling you could condense that entire paragraph down to: write a paragraph about what the two stories have in common and use a quote from each story in support.

 

"Given two previously read narratives that have been studied in class..." -- if they've been studied in class, isn't the "previously read" redundant? "One piece of textual evidence"? Like, a sentence? LOL, remember, in education you should never use one word when four will do. Preferably ones like "textual evidence from text."

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

Welcome to objective evaluations! You'll laugh! You'll cry! You'll be in the edge of your seat as you watch 5 different evaluators give 5 widely different scores! In theaters this Friday!

East Dallas
East Dallas

 @Holding On

 The sad thing is that principals and assistant principals do not understand how to write DOL's and all of them have different opinions and want you to write them the way they understand DOLs, even if they are dead wrong.  Mass Confusion!!!!

totally outrageous
totally outrageous

 

Can you believe they get paid so much moolah to zip around & check our boards?

Stuff and Nonsense
Stuff and Nonsense

CMF,

No, you are not wrong.  It's all a big 'gotcha'.  But it seems either stupid or evil, neither of which can endure the test of time.  Keep the faith.  God bless DISD teachers!

Japanese DOLs
Japanese DOLs

@retiredteacher

ばかなやつMiles

At this point it really doesn’t matter. Teachers know that a principal, an ED, or Miles can say the LOs and DOLs are incorrect. None of this is clear. Teachers never received formal training that should have taken place before these unproven strategies were implemented. MRS, DOL, LO, etc. should have been a pilot program and slowly phased in for the 2013-2014 school year. Instead, Miles micromanaged principals and forced these same insignificant, failing strategies that he used in Harrison D2 down throats of Dallas ISD teachers’.

 

Of course there are some teachers and principals who have bought into Miles’ regime and are putting on a fantastic “dog and pony show” to keep their jobs. If they were so effective, then after 5 years with D2 why haven’t they made the National News giving MILES the praise, awards and recognition that he deserves? NOT Going to Happen!

We will see who will get the last laugh soon.

Aztec Warrior
Aztec Warrior

 @Woodrow Alum

 I totally agree with you. BUT Miles has addressed this. The official party answer is that they are unique to each lesson, therefore it's the teacher's job to prepare one from scratch each time. Along with "unpacking the standards" this is something that curriculum could easily take care of. At least some sample ones to use as models for each grade and subject would be appropriate until everyone gets the feel of them and can then build their own.

Stuff and Nonsense
Stuff and Nonsense

Woodrow Alum, I wonder the same thing myself.  Maybe the departments don't know how to write them, either.

 

Maybe nobody does.

 

So Mr. Miles gets lots of credit for bringing something 'new' to the table, when in fact, it's simply something CONFUSING. 

scantrons
scantrons

 @Woodrow Alum

 Thankyou--I have often wondered why we are using the DOL's as a chess game of checkmate around here

Always the Advocate
Always the Advocate

 @disgruntled

 See how crazy it is - some have been told that the DOL can go past 5 or 10 minutes - as long as it is rigorous - now that sounds like an activity. But then if we stay in the DOL, we will never get to the activity!

 

If DOLs are going to remain in the lives of DISD teachers past this year, they need to only be done at one or two points in the lesson. If a class is covering a skill for 3 days or a week, there is no point in doing a DOL everyday over the same skill. Additionally with the MRS, as long as 1 is done at one point during the lesson or class period, that should be enough!

Always the Advocate
Always the Advocate

 @Solidarity

 Thank you for the motivation and encouragement. I am sure you are correct. Depending on where you are, you either do it, or get low scores on these doggone spot obs. I do try to fit 1 MRS daily/regularly, but certainly not every 10 minutes - that is just too much. I have been teaching for a decade and a half, and have never seen or heard of anything like this...

ResPronto
ResPronto

@Here Comes Retirement So why are principals saying we need to turn these in on campus? Who's going to stamp them at the school?

DISD Untruthful
DISD Untruthful

@FamilyGuy. Your friend should have had a lawyer with them at the time they resigned. That way DISD can not play games when they resigned.

pregunta
pregunta

 

LBart,

  Have you ever hit "like" on anybody else's comment?  Just curious. 

Aztec Warrior
Aztec Warrior

 @East Dallas   @Holding On

 Because it's not a proven method. When we started Daily 5, at least we could refer to the book. Writing, has the sisters. You can't google it and get information--if this was so successful why isn't it available on the web for purchase? There should be a variety of examples to choose from. MRS, on the other hand does have information.

disgruntled
disgruntled

 @Always the Advocate My core problem with the MRS mandate is that it takes away from exploring higher order concepts.  The standards we have to teach to require time to digest and process.  

 

A sixth grader trying to wrap their head around the concept of a complex inference does not need the constant interruption of "thumbs up or thumbs down".

 

If Miles really understood developmental research, he would know that the brain of a 12 year old really struggles to understand the complex notions of character motivation or plot development influencing a character's decisions and that a dog and pony show is horribly detrimental to "rigor" and "data driven decisions".

 

And this assumes the student's HLS is English/English.  Good luck if your home language is Burmese.

Here Comes Retirement
Here Comes Retirement

 @Here

 You have to turn them in down at HR to get the ticket etc. My principal tried last week to make me turn it in... good thing I didn't. The principal has to sign you s54 and you need to complete the contract that came in the email last friday and take all of that to HR. This money amount only last until Thursday.

DOL doo doo
DOL doo doo

 @Respronto

Early Notification Incentive Program FAQs

How do I submit my application?

 

You may submit your application one of two ways.

 

Scan and email your S54 and early notification application to earlynotification@dallasisd.org

Please scan and email only the first page of the S54 document. After submitting your S54 and application electronically, have your office manager send the original forms to HMC via interoffice mail.

 

-OR-

 

You may hand deliver your Early Notification Application and Agreement and completed S54 to the front desk personnel at Human Capital Management, located at 3807 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX 75204 during regular business hours (7:30 am-5:00 pm) of program windows.

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

@ResPronto Do it downtown, get it stamped, and then make a copy for your principal. You'll be keeping the original, That way you are safe.

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

Pregunta,

That was the only time LBart has ever hit "like." Congratulations!

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