Discouraged!


I have been very discouraged in the last two weeks. It is evaluation time, without reflection time in many school districts in the area. The equity conflict increases as we look at the proposed and/or approved school budgets. There seems to be no justice in sight. What a shame!

You may think dear reader that I am complaining because there is no raise for teachers. That fact bothers me, but  I am grateful to God that has provided  a job for me and I am content with  God’s provision. However, I feel discouraged and very concerned about the heart condition of the people in leadership positions.

Whether we like or not leaders are people with flaws, for no one is perfect but God. We must pray for them! They need to have wisdom from above as they make their decisions on how and what the future leaders of this country are going to learn. Will they become wise and compassionate to those who are different from them, if they do not have wise and compassionate adults to emulate?

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About drcorretjer

Doctorate in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning. Vast experience working with English language Learners and their families. Has successfully implemented programs that increased parental involvement in schools and professional collaboration among teachers. Has presented at local, state, and national levels on the topics of curriculum and best teaching practices for English Language Learners. Specialized in alternative assessments for English Language Learners to include portfolios. My goal at this time is to mentor,and nurture new teachers or prospective teachers. I'd like to create a bridge between their college education and the realities of a public school classroom. I believe we can attract and retain the best and the brightest if we provide them with a real foundation and help them be successful. Our children deserve that. Publications: Listen to me: Exploring students' voices regarding homework Lambert Academic Publishing |May 11, 2011 Most of the research conducted about homework is based on adults’ perspectives. This case study explored the perspectives of 5th and 6th grade students in comparison with 10 teachers’ perceptions regarding homework completion. The author administered questionnaires and conducted in depth interviews using a stratified purposive sample and extreme case sampling; which educed the participants’ perceptions and practices about homework. The students’ represented 4 distinct groups: English Language Learners, general education, gifted and talented and special education. The teachers’ instruct 5th and 6th grade. The results of the study indicate that students do not complete their homework because they find it too hard, boring, or they do not understand it. Interestingly, students think that worksheets are hard and boring. However, they are not against homework! This book should benefit teachers, parents, school administrators and staff developers. It would also help develop homework practices that would increase homework completion and student learning. This book brings out the voices of the students to the forefront. After all, they are the ones doing the homework. Listen to them!
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