Whilst working on my federal lawsuit, I came across this old video I took of myself teaching in 2011. This was before I spoke up. Before the rubber room. Before false arrest. Before I knew anything but working hard and teaching.
The way I set up my class I screen recorded all my lessons so students would come in and watch, pause and follow the lesson at their own pace. I also uploaded all lessons on my site. This helped students catch up at home and I later found that parents and siblings were also learning.
My teaching methods were praised by my administration and school community and featured in the NY Teacher newspaper.
What’s interesting about this video is that I watch it and look at the most naive teacher. I mean look at this guy.
Fight for public education What’s that Why
Union Who needs it
Corruption In our schools Not possible. This is all about the kids
Now that I know the system, I look at this video and think…
“How many other naive educators are out there How many potential whistleblowers How many teachers who think that if they just teach and cross their “Ts” and dot their “Is” they’ll be ok So what that their weekends are spent filling out unnecessary paperwork How would a Danielson evaluation work here What Common Core aligned standard exists here
Have you ever read the “Docile Educator vs the Badass One”
If anything I hope this site educated educators and the public. For those of you in NYC who want to take a more proactive role in defending yourselves and your union brothers and sisters join DTOE.organd Solidaritycaucus.org
Be naive no more!