Friday, June 15, 2012


It's funny, the words that stick in your head at important junctures. Today is my final day of teaching at a school that needs good teachers. It is also potentially my last day of teaching in the classroom because I've accepted a new position as an Academic Dean.
Driven came to mind this morning. The uncertainties of teaching in one of Connecticut's "Network" schools has driven me to want out of the school.  As of the last day of school, many of my colleagues don't know where or what they will be teaching, despite years of great reviews.
Driven came to mind two days ago when I asked a student twice to put away a cell-phone during the final exam before taking the test away on the third time it came out. I am tired of being blamed for the failure of students like that and so I am being driven out in order to take care of my self.
Driven came to mind a week ago when I realized that there are plenty of people who doubt I can handle this new position. Sure, it is a stretch for me, but I hate failing. It is that fear of failure that has caused me to read anything and everything about this profession. It is that fear of failure that makes me ask questions of the people who I think can guide me.
Yes, driven is the word of the week.


At 10:14 AM , Anonymous Jude said...

So what does an Academic Dean do? Are you the disciplinarian for the school? I was surprised to learn that the Academic Dean did discipline at a school where I subbed. How does your district define the position? What do you want the position to be? Just curious.

At 2:43 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're not the only one. There will be a mass exodus of teachers from the school you taught at. I'ts already begun.

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At 2:55 PM , Blogger Stacey said...

Good luck on your new position!


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Go for it! As an Academic Dean, it's your job to be criticised and doubted; as a teacher, you should be used to that... seriously though, I wish you all the best.

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