A Teacher's Day

The day in the life of an inner city large urban school district teacher after the high stakes testing ends and there is still three more months left before summer vacation.

Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

I have taught school for over thirty years always in the inner city and for the most part always upper grade students. I have two children and I have been married for twenty years.

Friday, December 22, 2006


How many people signed up sheet for the committee to assist in the hallways before school?

No one.

How many people signed up sheet for the committee to assist on the playground before school?

No one.

How many people signed up for the committee to assist with dismissal?

No one.

OK—now that we know none of the teachers at my school have the guts to back their talk, there were a few good suggestions.

Place signs on the doors to the street notifying the children not to open them to anyone.

Keep the front door locked to outsiders at all times.

Place a saw horse in front of doors near the kindergarten and art room to block children from using those doors as exits.

Create a list of adults who cannot freely roam the halls of the school.

Can anyone help me and Dave? I ask.

Once again, the teachers at my school—or at least the ones who came to the meeting—could not answer with a yes. So, yes, the sign up sheets for teachers to help the two of us—he has to do outside duty and security (that’s his job), but I don’t (not in my job description)—is still empty and we are still the only two outside against over three hundred students and others before and after school.

Yesterday Nike distributed over three-hundred posters in hard corrugated containers. I confiscated over a half dozen. Doesn’t anyone know how hard these feel when you hit someone on the head? Remember: only Dave and I are outside to prevent a major fight because someone who gets whacked also gets mad.

Thankfully, confiscation and the presence of the two of us were enough. But it probably really was the rain that saved the day.

Still I wish people would have the courage to act on their words. Especially when we’re trying to take back the school.

Like I asked yesterday: Is there anyone out there? Is anyone reading this?



Blogger George Schmidt said...

I hope that more teachers will post about safety and security.

1:23 AM  

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