Dec. 19th, 2011 09:28 am
nimthiriel: (Default)
As someone who's needed to take a lot of sick leave and who gets very stressed, I can most definitely understand staff wanting to take time off. I can understand staff being more likely to take time off at the end of the year when it's less busy, because suddenly it's less critical to have everyone there.

BUT. This late in the year, we are also far less likely to have CRTs (Casual Relief Teachers) brought in, as teachers who take senior classes are freed up to fill in.

So, in the last week of the year, we have activities. The day is broken upinto three instead of four sessions. Staff are meant to be rostered for a total of three for the week, giving us plenty of time to sort out desks and things. Unfortunately, this is combined with the lack of CRTs, means that if you're away, a teacher who may have already planned out their free time will be taking over for you.

So I really think that, in the last week (as with days that fall next to long weekends), you should need to provide a medical certificate if you're away. It's not as tough this is a strenuous week, but it's a time when we're all hoping to wind down, unlike in the middle of the term when we all go full-pace and expect to go full-pace, and we expect to get that extra or in-lieu.

Now is a time when most of us are looking forward to having the majority of the week free to do our own thing, much more so than most weeks. So, even though it's not a strenuous week, I am NOT happy about suddenly having 4 sessions on instead of 3. I was looking forward to spending the entirity of today cleaning my desk, loading my car with big things to take home, and working on my performance review. With a catch-up with work friends I don't hang out with much during the busy times.

so, if it's the last week and you're not sick or don't have some sort of medical or dental appointment, please don't take a day off! It just puts a spanner in other people's works and gets them annoyed.

nimthiriel: (Hmph)
And so is everyone else, from what I can tell.

I read a couple of weeks ago that the MySchools website has shown private schools to perform better than government schools, even when socio-economic factors are taken into account.

I have no useful solution for this, but I do think this points out one aspect which doesn't correlate with results nearly as well as politicians would like us to think it does: Namely, how many weeks of the year schools run.

From what I can gather, private schools finished on the 10th of December and many of them had an extra week of holidays at some point during the year.. We're stuck here until the 22nd. We keep getting fed lines about how studnets MUST have x days at school each year, which was also why we had that stupid system where 3 of our 4 curriculum days happened before the kiddies went back to shcool (thankfully that's been ruled out from 2012). And yet, the schools that run fewer school days are outperforming us.

So CLEARLY, this is not the deciding factor. Clearly, getting an extra 3 weeks away from school will not actually do our students any harm at all. Clearly, I SHOULD NOT FRACKING BE HERE. Assessment is over. The exhaustiion around the place is obvious at a glance. We have tired teachers and tired students. We are all feeling unmotivated, and yet we're powering on.

Some classess are on to DVDs that are at least vaguely related to the subject, and some of us are frantically trying to do revision and consolidation (which most of them will forget by next year anyway). There is no point setting them holiday homework as we have no guarantee that we'll be teaching the same groups next year, so I can't really threaten to give them detention in their first week if it isn't done. It is utterly ridiculous.

I've emailed my local MP, the education miister for Victoria (Martin Dixon), and the federal education minster, Peter Garratt. If you are a teacher or know a teacher, please do the same. I'm tired of being a glorified babysitter.


Nov. 24th, 2010 02:19 pm
nimthiriel: (Default)
 I am fed up with people who have no clue about something giving their opinion and talking shit when they have no business doing so.

Just so that you all know:
  • ADHD is a REAL disorder. 
  • Stimulants have been used to treat it since the first half of the 20th century.
  • Caffeine is a STIMULANT. This means that someone who has ADHD and is drinking 20 cups of coffee per day is more likely to be self-medicating than to be causing his symptoms.
  • ADHD is genetic. The genes which are responsible for it have been mapped. It runs in families. So yes, you WILL find families where mum, dad and all the kids are diagnosed and on Ritalin.
  • ADHD brains are NOT the same as normal brains. The frontal and temporal lobes are underdeveloped.
  • ADHD is NOT a behavioural disorder, it is a developmental disorder. Hence the lack of DEVELOPMENT in key areas of the thinking/reasoning part of the brain.
  • Parents are NOT trying to zombify their kids. Neither are the teachers. It would be nice if the system was set up to have special resources and support for these kids, but sadly it doesn't. The best we can do is help them fit the world by altering their brain chemistry to resemble that of "neurotypical" kids.
  • ADHD is not just for kids. Plenty of adults never "grow out" of their ADHD
So don't talk about things you don't actually understand. Don't just repeat things you hear because they sound all conspiratory. Don't talk out of your arse until you've actually learned something about what you're talking about.

Stop saying how terrible it is that kids are medicated unless you've read up on how the medication works. Stop talking about misdiagnosis and overdiagnosis unless you understand the diagnostic criteria.

Basically, stop being a twit and LEARN SOMETHING.
nimthiriel: (Default)

THE doctor who sparked the scare over the safety of the MMR vaccine for children changed and misreported results in his research, creating the appearance of a possible link with autism, a Sunday Times investigation has found.

Thank you, sir, for scaring the living daylights out of parents and increasing the possibility of epidemics of extremely preventable disease.
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Seriously, half the time the formatting doesn't work, and then you just RANDOMLY decide to unscreen my comments despite me setting it up for all comments to be screened???

Seriously, get it together!


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