This author has hit the nail on the head. She says everything I want to say on the subject of teacher harrassment, but she does it much more eloquently. Face it, there's a lot of incorrect ideas being pushed on teachers, from group work (works great for motivated kids, not well at all for the unmotivated and unfocused) to mini-lessons (teachers can only teach for ten minutes), to Parking Lots (don't answer questions when they have one, have them write in down on a sticky and put in on a piece of paper labeled "Parking Lot" to be addressed later - seriously). Oh, and I forgot about the Noise Meter, which teachers should set to "Quiet" when the students are too loud to indicate that they should speak quieter, but yet the classroom isn't teacher-centric, and if they're already supposed to be quiet, wouldn't it already be set to "Quiet" and, well, nevermind, I could go on and on about the inanities. My point is that teachers are compassionate people and are trying to do the right thing. But, God help them if they ask for things to be done the right way.
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.