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When a teacher plays ‘counselor’
Report from the front lines: Am I a teacher or a therapist?
My first-grade student was poking her leg with a staple. My school— like nearly all Philadelphia public schools in this financially strapped season— lacks a full-time counselor. This meant that, for a little bit, I would have to change hats and become the counselor, to the neglect of my other kids.
A Philadelphia teacher’s lost students
A schoolteacher’s lament: Save the childrenâ€” from their parents
When two of my students slipped through the cracks, I was helpless to rescue them. And this was before the Philadelphia School District’s current financial crisis.
School budget cuts: A view from the front lines
Suffer, little children: A Philadelphia teacher's tale
Philadelphia's School District must slash its budget again. In abstract terms, that sounds onerous. But how does it actually affect children and teachers? As one of the latter, allow me to provide a firsthand illustration.
Test scores: A teacher's tale
The worst, or the best? A school teacher's tale
As the school year ended, I was summoned to see the principal. Our preliminary PSSA scores have come out, and my class did terribly, and so I am to blame. It doesn't matter if your kids have learning issues or attendance issues. All that matters is their scores.