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September 17, 2013 – Comments (6)

Charges have been laid against the person who left DNA in my home when it was broken into during the summer of 2011.  The charges are not for the break-in, but being unlawfully in my home.  I guess it is impossible to make a case when there were 2 different break-ins, even thought the truly sick sites visited for the DNA release, share identically sick tastes over the 8 days the internet history showed my home was invaded.

 Anyway, it certainly was his actions that made me feel most violated, so I have a victim impact statement to write.

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#1) On September 17, 2013 at 8:39 PM, gman444 (28.90) wrote:

Good. It allows you to take another step in coming back from the rottenness of the act; I'm sure you have taken many already. Go for it, go through the process, and lean on your friends. A lot of people would have packed up their tents and given up on the venture you've made into rural Canada--I admire and respect your staying the course. All the best Dwot.

 Gman

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#2) On September 20, 2013 at 8:58 AM, dwot (61.05) wrote:

I had a pretty rough time dealing with it.  But, I think I came up with a good plan for how to deal with it.  I decided that my time off was going to be totally awesome, so summer of 2012 I spent 6 weeks traveling around Europe.  This past summer I visited the Atlantic provinces for the first time, and did an Alaska cruise.  I have South America on my radar for next summer.

I bought my home in this community with a long term plan and it really had me questioning how I stay here.  Buying my home without a long term plan really wasn't a good idea.  My home was on the market for 2 years before I bought it, so the exit plan from here is going to be a challenge and I knew that when I bought and that I may not recover my capital when I sell, so to leave was to also take a significant economic hit, and the job market of where I go is simply crap. 

Right now I'm really feeling like I'm making a difference so I'm feeling that reward, but I wasn't feeling that last year or the year before.  I felt like I was just trying to survive.

Right now I'm working on how we improve numeracy across our district, so I'm pretty excited to be working on that.  I spent a week on professional development on cognitive  psychology around math learning this summer.  It really hasn't changed my approach in my classroom, but it really gave me the tools to communicate what we need to change in our district and why.  

By the time I get students many have completely shut down.  I have them for 4 years and it can take a couple years for them to trust me.  They don't want to show me their work, explain how they got an answer and they shut down quickly if they do something incorrectly, making it look like they don't want to try.  

So, we have a big problem that is happening early in their education.  I finally have the tools to communicate what is happening, why it is happening and what we need to do to fix it. 

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#3) On September 20, 2013 at 3:12 PM, Teacherman1 (54.40) wrote:

dwot

You say you have them for 4 years. Is this because of the size of your school, a special program, or is that the norm in your district?

I have now been retired for 2 years, and for the most part don't miss teaching. I miss the kids, but not the politics involved in the system, where each segment has a different agenda, focused mostly on meeting "standards" set by someone who has nothing to actually do with the classroom or helping kids to learn.

Hang in there. Teachers who actually care are getting to be fewer and fewer. They seem to focus more on looking good by doing "flashy" things and whether or not kids actually learn seems to be secondary.

God bless you for what you do.  

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#4) On September 22, 2013 at 11:20 PM, gman444 (28.90) wrote:

Dwot,

It is good to hear you've come through to the point you have.  And a great travelling plan. 

I've always felt like your efforts are kind of an in the trenches type of real contribution, one without much, if any, recognition of the benefits you give, or the hardships either--kids in the kind of area you are in rarely if ever get the chance to be exposed to the things someone with your background can teach them. But is can be a really desolate place to be when such a venture seems to go wrong.  

It sounds like you have come through the worst of it--I hope this is so, and am glad if it is.  And that the reasons you went into it are starting to make sense again.  God knows what all you've given and been through means, even if no one else does.  All best wishes, Dwot.

 

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#5) On October 17, 2013 at 8:24 AM, dwot (61.05) wrote:

Teacherman, I have them for 4 years because of the size of the school.  We have 2 teachers for grades 9-12 so I do the math, science and electives and the other teacher does the English, Socials and electives.

gman444, we have incredible challenges here.  The numbers in our classrooms make it look like we have it pretty good, but when you factor in the range of abilities, and the number of subjects we are expected to teach, it is very challenging.  

I've just started also working in our 4/5 class on math and that I am loving.  Children in this age are still so eager to learn and have an incredible sweetness to them, but also different challenges, like yesterday the secretary came in to get me to sign 5-6 certificates.  In the less then a minute I turned my head to do so something happened that I turned back to see one child crying and bit of a fight and we'd been having a lot of fun. 

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#6) On October 17, 2013 at 8:25 AM, dwot (61.05) wrote:

Oh, and a guilty plead was entered and sentencing is next month.

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