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Teachers get 4 percent raise in tentative pact
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on Oct 31, 2013
Palo Alto teachers this year will get a 4 percent raise along with a onetime bonus of 2 percent under a tentative collective-bargaining agreement between the Palo Alto Unified School District and the Palo Alto Educators Association.
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posted Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 10:59 PM
Posted by Teacher
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 2, 2013 at 8:36 am
"Walk a mile in my shoes comes to mind." If you only knew.
Quick suggestion to all of the commentators that have never taught a classroom full of students, try it. Pre K through 12. Volunteer to teach a lesson, just once. Solo flight. Plan a lesson, just one, not for the day, or week, or month, or year, just one, 55 minute lesson- your choice, as long as it aligns with the Common Core standards, GO FOR IT! Enjoy! Make sure your 1 lesson includes a way for non English speaking students to access the content. Have a plan for students who struggle with behavior norms. This could be tricky, remember it's not your kid(s). Don't forget, to differentiate for learning styles. Always assure that all types of learners can participate. (Or you'll get a phone call, followed up by a long meeting). If the students aren't able to engage with your lesson, well let's just say you might have some management issues. :( Make sure you have left yourself enough time to prep your lesson. I know it's just one lesson, but winging it won't work. Believe me. Again, it's just one lesson, so you don't need to worry about pre-teaching, assessment, or planning with your grade level, so it shouldn't take more than an hour or two to get prepped for a 55 minute block of time. Don't worry about the little stuff like eating lunch, checking your smart phone, or using the bathroom, you'll get to do that during the summer with all that free time. Or "Christmas Break" as long as you're not too sick by then. (germs) Even though you are just going to teach one lesson, you should probably write up a newsletter to inform the parents of your instruction and outcomes. They WILL want to know, and it is up to you to communicate with them, all of them. Hopefully, you are multi-lingual as your communications will need to be in several languages.
I know what you are thinking, "I can snack, and chat on my phone at recess or lunch"-WRONG, you have to supervise the kids; yard duty! Everybody's got to do it. I hope you are OK with blood, snot, and tears, there will be a lot. Either yours or theirs, it's hard to tell on any given day.
Then after your lesson, your 1 lesson, hurry home and jump online and share your experience. Maybe you will be simultaneously enrolling to get your credential, or maybe, just maybe you'll be thinking, "hell no, there's not enough money in the world to make me willingly sign on for THAT job!"
Just a quick suggestion. One lesson.