And You Wonder Why There is a Teacher Shortage…(a series)

From CNN.com

6-year-old who allegedly shot teacher in January will not face charges, report says

The shooting was followed by weeks of questions from concerned community members and parents about how the school and district handled potential red flags ahead of the violence.

January 24 legal notice sent to the Newport News School Board by Zwerner’s attorney alleged that the boy had a history of disturbing behavior, including cursing at staff members, trying to whip students with his belt and choking a teacher. According to that document, the student was suspended for a day after he allegedly “slammed” and broke Zwerner’s cell phone and cursed at guidance counselors. When he returned from the suspension to Zwerner’s classroom, he shot her, the notice alleged.

Presents

A student made this for me a long time ago.

I mentioned that I love to roller skate. I don’t even remember telling my students that about myself. Teaching is demanding and the parts that I don’t enjoy: “paperwork/grading,” meetings, and (now) wearing a mask while talking all day and handling parent frustrations with online work…are growing.

We just went on break. I intend to refresh. Reflect. Re-energize. I love my job. I have the rest of the year to be better.

But of Course…

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I agreed to be the sponsor for several sixth-grade boys who wanted to start an investment club at school. They run it and I am just the certified teacher in the room to monitor them.

During the first meeting, one of them told the audience of three kids (ages 11, 12 and 13):

“So a long-term stock is like a short-term stock, but it’s not short-term. Hence the name.”