Action Plan

Dateline: August 17, 2010
Memo to Teachers:
In addition to the required minimum no less than absolutely SEVEN action plans you come up with to get these students to achieve impossible heights and believe in themselves and excel despite the fierce opposition they face, you must come up with your own action plan for improving department morale and school spirit. Please submit said plan to administration before 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Dateline: August 18, 2010.
Memo to Administration

In order to improve teacher morale despite having 40 students in your room in violation of several fire codes, having sections reversed, changed, schedules swapped and swapped again within the first week, and being held solely accountable for all AIMS test scores amid 10 departments, all English teachers will now meet regularly on Wednesday mornings at 8:30 to do a shot of tequila.


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Ruben sits at the front of my class. Ruben cannot see well. One eye rolls almost up into his head, permanently, and the other looks sideways most of the time. He wears glasses with a giant monocular lens on one side to see words on paper. He speaks so quietly I have to bend in to hear him. He is shy but I try to get him to talk to other students a little. He sits in my room before first bell, talking softly to his cousin. His voice is so gentle and musical, like a flute. Ruben with the gentle voice…

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