Every teacher has experienced this. We all wish we could say this, but to keep our jobs, we don’t.
Monthly Archives: June 2013
There is a simple indicator for a poor economy. Better than the unemployment rate. Better than the housing market. Simply put, when was the last time you bought underwear? When times are tough, the last thing you are going to spend money on is a new pair of boxers. That simple question leads to a simple answer. The fewer boxers/briefs being sold, the worse off the economy.
There are also simple indicators of a student’s likelihood of finishing school or dropping out. Instead of one simple question, there are three.
- Does that student show up on a regular basis?
- Do they stay out of trouble when they are in school?
- How are their grades in Math and ELA?
By asking those simple questions we can tell as early as the 6th grade when a student is going to drop out of school. The real question for those of us asking those questions are, what are we going to do about it?
Several years ago I told everyone that I wanted to BE the Dude. Not sure if that is ringing any bells with you, so I will explain. Back in 1998 the Coen Brothers did a movie call The Big Lebowski. To quote IMDB, its a movie about . . .
“Dude” Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.
The Dude is a slacker. A lazy, unemployed old hippy in Los Angeles. He spends his days smoking pot, bowling, drinking White Russians, and wondering about in his boxer shorts and a robe.
As an upstanding member of the educator community, I did not wish to emulate the Dude in all his glory, just the part about wondering about in his boxers. I wanted to continue to be an educator, but work from home. I wanted to get up, have a cup of coffee, and go to work in my pajamas.
I believe in my current role I have achieved at least a small portion of the Dude’s life. I work from home, analyzing data, often in my pajamas.