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.

Monday, February 26, 2007


Seeking funds from a science grant from a larger grant given to the Chicago Board of Education: Part A school information—address, phone, etc.

B. Eighty percent of upper grade students will show a ten percent gain on the standardized test’s mathematics section.
Students will be able to demonstrate graphing techniques (functions, x y coordinates, scientific graphs for use in science fair projects, etc.) utilizing a variety of technologies.
Students will be able to demonstrate effective extended responses with oral and written reports utilizing a variety of software and technology.
The professional staff will utilize professional development in mathematics through technology to engage their students and develop strategies to ensure every child succeeds.

C. Presently _____ has a severe deficit in mathematics at the upper grade level according to standardized testing. Engaged activities utilizing a variety of technologies will enhance our curriculum and empower our students to develop a more comprehensive understanding of mathematical concepts. This grant will also offer our students independent exploration discovery time and allow them to research a variety of problems in mathematics. Furthermore, the teacher as coach model will offer our students opportunities in problem solving, critical thinking and communication skills. The extensive staff development component of this grant will provide our teachers opportunities to expand their repertoire of strategies to reach every child successfully. Brain research demonstrates that everyone has a different learning modality. Through staff development and frequent meetings with all of the involved teachers, all of the upper grade students at ___ will be able to develop, explore and integrate into their learning style the best methods to expand their mathematical learning stream.
_____ will also commit the following resources to enhance and ensure the continuation of this project: staff time for collaborative planning; in house staff development to pass the information learned at the staff developments to the entire staff; time to offer peer tutoring (teacher to teacher); and the development of a core group of students and staff to further develop goals, strategies and objectives. ______’s vision is to create a community of lifelong learners. This grant will offer the entire educational community of _____ this opportunity.


Blogger robertathomas said...

This looks great. What will you be supplying with this money? Subs for professional development, stipends for after school training, graphing calculators< ??? Also what range of funds are you talking about?

9:50 AM  
Blogger A Teacher's Log said...

Dear Robert Thomas,

The grant was for five thousand dollars. This included materials, professional development and money set aside for a limited number of substitutes (ten).

One of the good things about working for a large urban district is the fact that it has a large in-house grant writing group. This grant was funded from a larger grant the Chicago Public Schools received--but I can't tell you from where.

By the way, the graphing calculators we bought with this grant were stolen before they were even passed out.

5:04 AM  

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