We’ve Got Work to Do

I took a break yesterday from updating you via blog (although that didn’t stop me from being all over Facebook). I have had a very interesting two days, so let’s chat about that. Yesterday, I was at the OEA building at about 8:00 am for a 9:00 Board meeting. I’m not on the Board, but those meetings are open to …

Walk Out Day Two: Wait, What??

Teachers, by our very nature, tend to be people pleasers. We don’t want to rock the boat. We don’t want to make waves. Well, unless you’re me (the SQUEAKY WHEEL). That said, it apparently doesn’t change when we protest. I spoke with some of the troopers that are in and around the Capitol building. I basically did the same thing …

Unless Someone Like You…

Some pros and cons of today’s experience (Walk Out: Day One): Pro – There were so many teachers and other supporters there that my middle-school passing-period crowding-weaving skills were put to a serious test. Lots of people I haven’t seen in a long time (SWOSU peeps!!), and people I work beside every day. It was wonderful to see so much …

It Begins

Tomorrow is the start of a new chapter in this journey of ours. I’ve been to the Capitol to speak with legislators – sometimes I’m lucky and actually get to have a conversation, other times not so much. I’ve been to the Capitol to show my daughter around. I’ve been to multiple rallies – all about funding education properly. But …

The Mystery of Disappearing Funding

I posted this on my Facebook page and decided to post it here as well: I’m angry. I watched a video this morning, posted last night, from KWTV 9. They said that teachers are continuing to walk out despite the raise, and that we are unsure of what our demands are. A mystery spokesperson from OEA apparently told them that …

The Luxuries of Keeping the Lights On

It’s the day after the House passed a bill that is one step forward for teachers – but it’s not enough. Before people start screaming about greedy teachers never being satisfied, let me explain. We are asking for funding to be RESTORED. There are over 700,000 students in the state of Oklahoma, and the funding has not kept up with …

If it smells like a rat…

Tonight brought some interesting action in the Oklahoma State House of Representatives. Many of my good friends and colleagues left school and immediately drove to the Capitol to make their presence known during the debate of the latest attempt to prevent the teacher walkout on April 2nd. HB 1010xx passed the House tonight with the 75% majority needed for a …

Things are Moving Quickly

It has been whirlwind week. I sit here, waiting for my laundry to be finished, knowing I’ll be looking at my students again tomorrow morning and wondering how this week is going to go. We are on the cusp of something amazing. Those of you on my Facebook page know that I went to an event at Moore High School …

Out of the Comfort Zone and into the Fire

I look at the faces of the students in my class – young and clueless as to what the world has in store for them. I try to tell them the truth whenever I can and help prepare them to face reality in all of its forms. The class dissolved in frustration one day two years ago. We were preparing …