Today, unlike other days, my son didn’t want to listen to the radio on the way to school. Instead, he wanted to count to a very high number. Unfortunately, I can’t remember which one right now. Suffice it to say that this is a personal project of his that keeps increasing in size over time. So, as we drove away he started his counting frenzy. He got into the 200’s before he stopped and then we engaged in the following dialogue.
My son: If someone got to 99…
Me: You mean 999?
My son: Yes. If someone got to 999 where would they end up next?
My son: You mean 1-0-0-0?!
My son: Wow! He would be rich! Or she!
Then, he asked to listen to music on the radio.
A lovely way to start the day.
“Slice of Life Story Challenge.”
In the current climate of teacher bashing, increased standardized testing, and the push to evaluate teachers by student test scores, it is imperative that teachers, families, and students stand up and say, “Enough!” Although there may be individual projects many of us are engaged in to stop the tide of mediocrity and the destruction of public education, there are two projects that need and deserve all of our support now. First, teachers stand tall in defense of our profession and for the welfare of our students by signing the declaration of professional Conscience for Teachers at the change.org petition site. Encourage your school to become a School of Professional Conscience when your faculty votes to endorse the Declaration.
And, while you’re at it join the following cause on Facebook and make your voice heard beyond the confines of your school site. We are teachers, family members and students devoted to defending public schools. We are organizing for a national march and conference to be held in Washington, DC, July 28 to 31, 2011. Mark your calendar and volunteer to make this march reverberate through the land.
Equitable funding for all public school communities.
End to high stakes testing for student, teacher, and school evaluation.
Curriculum developed for and by local school communities.
Teacher and community leadership in forming public education policies.
I have just joined the Read to Me – Picture Book Reading Challenge. I have committed to reading 200 picture books to a child between now and Dec. 31, 2011. I will be blogging about the books I choose to read and my experiences reading to individual children. I will be doing this at school with my students and at home with my son. I am looking forward to this challenge. Won’t you join me? If you are interested go to the following website to participate!