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Jul 20 2009

Overheard in a Philly High School…

“But miss, I’ve gotta answer this message–it’s from my parole officer!”

-Defiant student, responding to teacher after being reprimanded for using his cell phone in class.

This has me thinking: since when did parole officers begin checking up on their parolees by text message?

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6 Responses

  1. wearepennstate

    Yeah, kids pull stuff like this a lot.
    A few good responses:

    “Here, let me see the message. I’ll answer him and let him know you’re doing a great job in class today.”

    “Your parole officer knows better than to contact you while you should be in class.”

    “Give me his number. I’ll call him right now and make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

  2. abcde

    This is great. Thanks for the tips.

  3. On cell phones, I’m to the Right of Attila the Hun. My students know how much I hate them in class, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t get defiant, especially if they came to class in the middle of a “he said, she said” dispute.

    And kids lie.

    But. this old-fashioned teacher comes down on the other side on that. Parole officers do call. Students’ children do get sick. Their moms do wait for the cancer tests to arrive.

    On these issues the only issue is respect. If the student is playing you, you’ll have a chance for Round #2. Run a tight ship. But on key issues trust first. the respect will be returned.

    (that being said, if I was a new teacher I don’t know …)

  4. On cell phones, I’m to the Right of Attila the Hun. the kids know how much I hate them in class.

    Kids will be defiant, especially when they come to class in the middle of a “he said, she said” dispute. And students will play you.

    But parole officers do call. Students’ children do get sick. Students’ moms do wait for cancer tests.

    Run a tight ship. But on some issues the only issue is respect. If the kid is taking advantage of you, there will always be time for Round #2.

    Of course, circumstances matter and the newr the teacher the firmer they need to be. But the other kids aren’t just watching for the teachers firmness. they also watch for fairness.

  5. Joshua

    Will the Mayor get his sons’ uniforms from the new store that wants to cater to DC Schools?
    DC’s First School Uniform Store to Open August 10, 2009

    DC’s Mayor is making good on his promise to send his sons to public school this fall. And when classes begin, the boys, along with 45,000 other DCPS students, will need new uniforms. Earlier this year, guidelines were laid out for a more stringent uniform policy—which studies have shown to improve student discipline, attendance and retention—but in the past parents usually had to venture out to Maryland to purchase the mandatory attire.

    Enter Octavia Taylor Jackson, a mother of three young boys who attend DC public schools. After a layoff in late March, she put into motion a plan she had begun working on months before. Jackson, a native Washingtonian, has held well-paying jobs in the government, corporate and nonprofit sectors, but found her calling in entrepreneurship. Her passion for education and seeing children succeed in school pushed her to create Y.E.S.S.S. (Your Educational Supplies, Systems and Services), a school uniform and educational supply store that also provides consulting for information technology systems and related services for schools.

    In a period of only four months, Jackson—whose last job was Senior Vice President for Information Technology at an educational nonprofit—located a venue, hired contractors, ordered inventory, found employees and is hosting the grand opening of her new store at 108 Rhode Island Avenue, NW on Monday, August 10. Just in time for the back-to-school season.

    Asked about the reason for her new venture, Jackson states, “I remember several PTA meetings where I would commiserate with other parents over our frustration in finding school uniforms and supplies right here in DC. The tax free weekend wasn’t beneficial when I had to go out to Maryland to find uniforms for my children who attend DC public schools. I started the company because I enjoy working with children and saw the need in my community for a store that sells school uniforms and supplies. I believe that this company is my destined career for the rest of my work life.”

    Y.E.S.S.S. (Your Educational Supplies, Systems and Services) is the preeminent provider of educational resources that students need to complete their education with the highest level of success. The company caters to the academic community by offering a full-scale product line of school supplies, from uniforms to books and backpacks; along with consulting for information technology systems and related services. For more information, visit http://www.theyesss.com or call (202) 525-4157.

  6. JBrown

    Thank you so much for directing me to http://www.theyesss.com
    I have been searching the internet all evening to find a store in DC that sells school uniforms for DC public schools. I will be going to Ms Jackson’s store tomorrow.

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