I was reminded yesterday just how misguided our politicians and pundits are when they blame teachers for the failures of students. I have been trying to contact a certain parent since the school year started regarding her daughter's lack of interest in anything academic. My phone calls were never returned. Then, the day before vacation, her daughter had out a cell phone. Since it was two days before Christmas, I charitably told her to put it away, although it's policy to confiscate it. When she was texting five minutes later, I took the phone. And that's why I finally met the mother. If a parent only contacts a teacher to retrieve a forbidden item but not to touch base on her daughter's progress in class, just what is a teacher supposed to do to improve this girl's priorities? If you have any ideas, please let me know!
I have crooked teeth from my parents and a wacky arm from a stroke. My daughter describes me as funny and smart, while she describes the other Linda from Mommy and Me as pretty and nice. So, I'm not pretty nor nice. I love the French people, French language (I'm fluent), French food, culture, architecture... In short, all of France! I'll read anything in front of me. I know more about middle school math than, well, anyone, INCLUDING my middle school math teacher husband (let's see if he reads this). I'm not happy if I'm not painting something.