This GAA stuff just gets better and better. I thought I would be managing Taz’s assessment and could devote all my time and energy towards him. But it’s never that simple, is it? I’ve actually been assigned another student to head up, as well as being assigned as a consultant on 3 other student committees; Mr. Pyle’s students. This means I’ll probably have to do them. Actually, each student has a committee of around 6 people assigned. The committee has a caseload manager, a facilitator, and a regular education teacher from science, social studies, ELA and math. The assigned regular ed. teachers are all very, very young and I’m not sure they have any idea what they are in for. But if they know their Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) that’s all that is important for me at the moment. Also have a look at their section devoted to severe kids. If you look very carefully, you’ll notice something: there’s precious little there, aside from the bloody forms and worksheets we have to turn in. I looked at the samples for high school ELA which are very very few…10th grade. 10th grade? Who gives a shit about TENTH grade? We need ELEVENTH GRADE, you stupid ignorant knobs! 11th grade is the grade in which we have to turn in all of those stupid forms!
I had this wild idea that it might be useful to have some collaborative space on the internet for all of us to kick ideas around and perhaps even solicit more input from other teachers around the county and even around the state. I’m not at liberty to use my blog space, and it wasn’t exactly what I had in mind. But I knew someone on my blogroll had been into this sort of thing. Sure enough, Reflective Teacher is forever using collaborative tools and technology. I thought PBwiki would fit the bill, and looked at his. I got all registered and began editing my first page when the f#$&!&*@ sonic wall slammed shut, blocking access. So, I’ll be bugging the county IT people about getting us into the 21st century. We are on a pretty hard lockdown, out here in the sticks.
Anyone out there using Tiddlywiki? I discovered this little gem while on my search for a tool, and see a lot of potential in it. What I don’t see is a way to add a discussion forum or comment section to it. Otherwise, it could be just the thing. We do have a network folder just for all the teachers in the school. I might throw it out there and see if any of these younger teachers can bring it to heel in serving our purposes.
And the GAA drama will continue.