“Here’s my proposal.”
“I can work with all 22 students (remembering that 18 is my limit), between 8 and 12:30.
I will need to make plans for days with staffings when parents can only attend with
afternoons, but everything else works. This will help me be a better teacher. It’s more
specific than my special ed. training.”
My palms were sweaty. I felt like I was begging.
Truth be told, I was. This was the opportunity of my professional lifetime.
I could see the answer in his eyes. Mr. “By the Book” Administrator.
“I’m sorry but the master contract just won’t allow it.”
I pulled the contract out of my drawer where it had been waiting. “Please show me
where it says that it’s not allowed.”
His expression tightened. He stepped back. “If we let you do this, then we will have
to let everyone else do this.”
I snorted in disbelief. “Who else would offer to do a full day’s work in a half day and
then spend the rest of the day in training, to be a better teacher at no cost to you, except
for the release time?”
He shook his head, rapped his knuckles on my desk, turned and left without another
word. In his mind, the conversation was over. His decision was final. Two administrators
later, the district paid thousands of dollars for training, materials, and release time for
multiple teachers to undertake that same training. Training that I had offered to
undertake on my own. Training that was refused on the basis that “everyone would
want to do it.”
Have you guessed the training that I was refused?
What clues are you using for your inference as the training was not explicitly named?
(And how do you teach inferences?)
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Yes, that was Reading Recovery training.
“Of 153 programs reviewed by What Works Clearinghouse, only one had strong evidence that it improved reading achievement – – Reading Recovery.”
- WWC 2007, Richard Allington 2013
I was a Reading Recovery teacher “wannabe” who was willing to do a full day’s work, plus the training, and on my own dime!