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.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007


The day after spring vacation and there was a bit of the old confusion, but my class was kick butt strong.

During science my seventh graders and I began to explore the standard deviation equation and they were on top of it. I gave them a number of repetitions, we worked out each variable, they worked by themselves and together cooperatively, and a lesson I thought would be troublesome and last for more than an hour took us thirty minutes and almost everyone had it down.

The best part: two students who are afraid to participate because they do not want others to think they are slow gave me the right answers aloud over and over—and I didn’t even have to call on them.

They volunteered it.

OK. OK. I didn’t do the entire equation. I dissected it and taught the students variable by variable. When they had this down, I introduced them to the concepts inside of the square root sign.

They understood data, mean, and the summation of the problem. Wednesday we go for broke.

Today I teach the other class the same subject and I’m rip roaring ready to go.

And did I tell you there were no problems whatsoever outside on duty before school and after. Only one student was sent to my room for discipline and he was fine. Everything smooth sailing and easy going times.

I hope everyone reading this has an excellent day out there, too.


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