posted by: THREEFIFTHS on May 2, 2012  2:18pm

The group identified three key problem behaviors. The first was tardiness. About 10 to 15 of the 77 kids in 7th and 8th grades were coming late to class each day. They would chat in the hallways instead of moving into homeroom when the second bell rang at 9:15 a.m.

“It wasn’t an urgent matter to go to class,” Clarino said.

The second was unpreparedness—kids showing up to class without pencils, without homework completed.

The third was a lack of respect towards one another.

And this is why you have a achievement gap.Stop puting the blame on teachers.

P.S. there is a fourth way to handle this.Do like most Charter Schools do.

Charter schools boot 2 ‘troubled’ kindergartners
Disciplined kids given psychiatric suspensions.
By Rachel Monahan / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Monday, April 30, 2012

Two kindergartners were yanked from separate charter schools after staff deemed them too troubled to attend, their lawyer and parents said.

The students — one of them on her first day at a new school — were removed after being placed on so-called “psychiatric suspensions,” according to Nelson Mar, who is representing the two families.

In 5-year-old Brianna Pena’s case, relatives say the Bronx girl was probably just anxious because she had just been transferred to the Harriet Tubman Charter School. She didn’t know anyone there and her surroundings were new.

“Nobody cares about me!” the slim girl hollered repeatedly, according to a letter sent from the school to the parents requesting “psychological clearance” before allowing her to return.

The letter says the girl was “yelling and throwing chairs” during the October incident.

The Daily News reviewed a video provided by the school to the parents which only shows the terrified girl trying to hide herself from adults behind a tiny table and chairs.

The medical staff at Lincoln Hospital found there was nothing wrong with the girl and within days she was allowed back inside the school.

Soon after, the girl was left unsupervised and found wandering outside the building.

Read the rest.

posted by: Jacques Strap on May 3, 2012  9:53pm

Nothing against Ms. Clarino, but why is she learning at “top-performing Davis Street Arts and Academics Magnet School in upper Westville”?  Why not at the city’s struggling Tier III schools, which house the city’s most needy students who can’t be dismissed because a parent failed to meet his/her end of a school contract?!

posted by: Teachergal on May 4, 2012  11:49am

Jacques Strap makes a great point. Apparently Ms. Nathan is NH’s expert administrator. So, why isn’t she being moved to another school that needs turning around? I think many of us who have had the opportunity to be employed by the board of Ed know the answer. Lola gets what Lola wants plain and simple! Don’t people get it, it has nothing to do with the kids and what schools would truly benefit the most.

Also, so happy to hear that Davis has seventh and eighth graders. Let’s see if Lola can work her magic on that age group. If I were in charge, I’d be sending the eighth graders to high school as they think their eighth grade year is all about having fun. I speak from experience working in a tier 3 school. Until NH schools want to put in school discipline programs that are research based and work, 8th grade is nothing but a holding cell (no pun intended) until they get to ninth grade where too many of them drop out. And is the new drop out age 18 or is it still 16?

What about NH’s Social Development Program? Is it still in existence and what does it do?

posted by: Jacques Strap on May 4, 2012  9:04pm

Rau and Clarino talked about what language Clarino should use as she gave feedback to both teachers on their lessons. Don’t say “I liked when ...,” Rau advised; say “it’s effective when ...”



Wonder how such feedback would work in Tier II schools, where many teachers and administrators are dealing with non-stop harassment from students and parents, student assaults on teachers/staff, hallway brawls among students, and students who swear and leave the classroom without permission and roam the halls (with the lone teacher of the class helpless to stop it).

Wonder what Rau or Clarino would do if the students they encounter in the hallwaystell them to f-off in front of other students and staff!  Because that regularly occurs in many Tier III schools!  The climate at Davis school, believe me, is far more calmer than at most Tier III schools—and that isn’t because Tier III school admins and teachers are poor.

I urge the curious public to volunteer in a Tier III school.  It is the only way to get an accurate picture of what truly transpires inside the walls.  Scheduling a visit won’t do it justice b/c a school can “prep” and “window dress”. At the very least, those schools could use an extra set of eyes, ears and hands!