I apologize for letting the blog slide for a week. A lot of good stuff has been happening that merited mention, such as Mayor Fenty of DC getting the boot, with Michelle Rhee presumably to follow. I've seen a good number of ATRs get hired so I think that problem may ebb for a while and be off the table in contract negotiations this time around. I'm even optimistic that we will get a raise and a contract before long, thanks to a great post by Chaz regarding the city's need to follow the pattern.
So why the lack of posts? I started this blog almost two years ago as a way to stick it to Klein and the ed deformers who pretty much ran me out of my former school and damn near got me fired despite an exemplary record as a teacher. I made a very soft landing at a great school, unlike many of my now unemployed colleagues who went through the same hell I'd been through. After a few years at my school (I no longer refer to it as my "new" school), I finally feel like I belong. The administration likes and respects me and the feeling is mutual. I get a decent amount of leeway in creating the curriculum and in how I run my own classroom. My experience is valued and I am called upon to help new teachers get up to speed.
In short, I'm happy. I love my school and my job.
This is a great position for me personally as a teacher. However, for me as a blogger, the pickins are slim. I do my best writing here when I am pissed off about something, and I have nothing to be pissed off about at the moment.
Despite all my joy, I have not lost hope. This is, after all, the BloomKlein regime, and Mulgarten is still in firm control of the UFT. Surely something they do will set me off before long and I'll be back to my cranky, acerbic self.
So if you came here looking for a rant, I apologize, but I promise I will be with you shortly. After all, Waiting for Superman is about to be released.