Category Archives: Dobbs

Success! (indeed)

The principals, department heads, registrars, and other such luminaries met this past week and solidified the scheduling matrices for the Junior High.  After five months, countless meetings, and several compromises, it’s on the books and official.  Sometime this spring or … Continue reading

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Success! (maybe)

Just last week I recounted my anxiety at awaiting the answer from the Business Office about new hiring.  Things looked rather bleak on that end, so I began the week preparing myself to be told that the PLC would not … Continue reading

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Algebra, root canals, and Satan’s squirrels

Brief synopsis of the last few months: Proposed PLC Met with Principal (P); was asked to look at teacher schedule (TS) to assess feasibility (F); determined it was feasible, but would require larger avg class size (CS) Met with P … Continue reading

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K.O. by Paradigm Shift

I have a confession.  Up until recently, for the last 12 years of my teaching career, I was one of those people sitting in the lounge chugging medium-grade coffee and decrying school reform.  I mocked the many attempts that have … Continue reading

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If a tree falls in the classroom…

[Web 2.0 tools] are specifically designed to support communitites in completing shared tasks.  Wikipedia survives on a small number of paid employees because the contributors have a shared sense of mission.  Educators need to build a similar sense of shared … Continue reading

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The foundations of a PLC

I’m continuing (slowly) to take in DuFour’s book, and although I usually like to tear through books, I’m crawling through this one and I don’t seem to mind it.  There’s a lot to chew on.  It’s not voluminous and it’s … Continue reading

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My Adventures at “Boarding” School

You may have noticed the title of this blog is “The Golden Plunger.”  I first heard the term in a lecture given by Rob Evans, and organizational psychologist and author of The Human Side of School Change.  He spoke to … Continue reading

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