Mininum ability to present and/ or implement new ideas and concepts
Regular, Learning Handicapped, Head Start Teacher (Former Employee) – Lockwood, Brookfield, Dag Hammerskjold Elem. sites – June 19, 2012
Throughout my lengthy experience (10 years) as a regular education, special education, and Head Start teacher for the Oakland U.S.D. a typical day epitimized that of any public school system routine e.g. arrival at 7:30 and department at 4:30. Community outreach, correction of homework and construction of daily or weekly lesson plans were typically conducted "After-hours" No additional monetary compensation was provided.
Since the experiences cited above occured in "Inner-city" schools I started my personal journey with my end-goal being increased cultural sensitivity. That goal, for the first stage, was met.
Management capabilities varied widely from school site to school site and could not, necessarily, be directly attributed to the level of education of the upper-tier management at each school site. I, personally, found that management copabilities at the District Level was far more intractable and entrenched in dogma.
As with the above, interaction and collaboration with co-workers varied widely from school site to school site. Surprising to me was the fact that co-workers at the largest school site were more interested in exploring other instruction venues and forming cross-grade level cohorts than co-workers from the smaller sites.
The hardest part of the job was attempting to present my varied views on education as a whole with special emphasis on the Learning Handicapped. Dogma again, in my view, was entrenched
in this respect.
The most enjoyable part of the job: As any professional educator will probably admit --IT'S ALWAYS THE STUDENTS. Teachers, in my experience, always learn far more from the students than the student learn from the teacher. This said with the caveat that the teachers LISTEN.........
learning from the students
difficulty presenting new ideas and concepts to school site and district administrators