Are We There Yet?

You may have noticed that this month lacked the usual posting. It turned out to be a month of emotional upheaval so I decided it was better not to post until things turned around. We got the good news this morning at 6 am.  We will no longer be on strike but will return to work on Tuesday morning.  This was after a negotiation session that ran 18 hrs. at the end of a week of walking a picket line through mostly rainy weather.  

Striking was not an experience I thought I would ever take part in as a teacher.  I can’t say I was an avid participant of union events up until this year.  This year I was glad I had paid those union dues.  It made the difference with not having to accept a contract that was grossly unfair to us and the students we work with.  It is no joke that teachers are under attack.  We saw it happen here in our little part of the world as 4 districts had to fight it out.  Not over the money like the press continues to say, but over contract language that took away things like prep time, employment tied to test scores,  allowing verbal complaints to go into record, and contract re-openers which meant nothing really was binding.

 I have to say that our parents were are best allies.  They put the pressure on the school board, and supported us on the line with coffee, and goodies.  Although some animosity developed during the week as classified staff had to continue to work, it also allowed for some bonding as people were able to talk and meet like they hadn’t before. Hopefully we will now be able to finish the next 2 1/2 weeks on more pleasant terms.

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  1. I have been an SLP, early educator, poet and songwriter for more than 45 years. After 15 frustrating years, making up games, working in a variety of settings outside of the classroom, I took a much needed break and got in touch with my own creativity. I came badk to the profession using original music,movement and ASL to help young children acquire early language and literacy skills. I took my work into the child’s classroom realizing that my goals for early speech and language development dovtailed with the teacher’s goals for early literacy. We engaged the entire classroom in articulation and concept songs, rhythms and raps as well as play and poetry. I became a much happier SLP, seeing many more exciting results with children on my caseload. Carryover was no longer a problem. I have 4 CDs of music for phonological awareness and concept development for children ages birth throuth 8 years. I am completing a manual and will begin a blog. I now am using my metholology with an intergenerational population realizing that this mehtodology is perfect for adults interested in awakening their brain and preventing cognitive decline

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