Saturday, November 08, 2008

DC Teacher Chic no longer a DCPS Teacher Chic

Sad news, but The DC Teacher Chic is has resigned her position as a DCPS teacher. You could tell from her blog (which has been the go-to place for WTU contract coverage) that she was a seriously passionate teacher. DCPS could use more teachers like this; they really can't afford to lose them.


The Educator said...

Just my two cents worth:

I would like to know what made this person a "seriously passionate teacher".
I believe:

A seriously passionate teacher would work hard to make the necessary changes in spite of the challenges.

A seriously passionate teacher would not care if her principal asked her to stay because she wasn't doing it for the appreciation of the principal.

A seriously passionate teacher would make sure that the students that needed stability would have the same teacher for the entire school year.

A teacher she may have been...but not a seriously passionate one!

BCC said...

I am inclined to disagree with the poster above. When a teacher is willing to pay out of her own pocket to create an incentive system in her classroom, I think we're talking about someone with passion and serious dedication. However, when that teacher's principal isn't willing to do the bare minimum to enforce rules and discipline, then we've got a recipe for breakdown. It's the lack of support from the administration that causes so many dedicated teachers to burn out.

ed notes online said...

I taught in one of the poorest areas of Brooklyn NY for over 30 years. Do you want to guess how much money my colleagues and I laid out over the years? The important point is we had enormous problems and we stuck it out. For DC Teacher Chic to be on such a high horse about veteran teachers and then just walk away and give up on teaching is so immature that I have to wonder exactly what this "passionate teacher" was offering her kids.

Passionate people who care about kids and love teaching stick it out- year after year after year. We see our kids come back to see us year after year after year and we even get to see their kids (and for me grand kids) too. That is what an orderly system based on career people bring to a system as opposed to the hit and run tactics promoted by Rhee. And yes, job security providing a sense of protection is not a contradiction to people being passionate about kids and teaching. In fact for people who stay in the classroom it is an incentive.

Anonymous said...

As far as how passionate she is, I can not speak to that. When a teacher leaves in the middle of the year there are usually a lot of extenuating circumstances, but it is usually a blow to the students and to the team. I have worked in New York Public Schools and high performing charter schools in two different states. I have watched teachers leave in the middle of the year at the charter school more than I ever did in the public school. If I were a charter school leader I would be leery of hiring her in the middle of the year after leaving another school.

She seemed insecure in repeating the fact that she was a highly rated teacher and asking the public for ideas on what to write to keep readership up. If one can’t find things to write about teaching in the DC Public School System, then there’s a problem. She also seemed to put little thought in to the broader ramifications of trying to implement a discipline system this far in the year. Parents need to be used as a resource. Parent meetings need to be approached in a way in which parents and teachers are able to learn from each other, but to get there a trust needs to be established.