Back to School Workshop 2014

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Like once a year, at least in our state all Public Elementary English Teachers gathered for a day of gossips and learning, lots of learning. This year the day was on October 1st. There were 3 locations for the North, Central and South regions. Since I am from the central region and the biggest region, we gathered in a hotel.

The course was great. Let’s start from the beginning.

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For starters, we have the presence of Dr. Rocio Vargas, co-author of the book ‘Paso a Paso con el PNIEB en las aulas‘ which I mentioned years ago.

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Her lecture was great. She only had 90 minutes and she really used them. I think we needed a whole week with her.

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Then it was turn of Barbara Field who introduced new material we recieved for our classes.

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Since I teach 1st and 2nd grade, I received the preschool package. It’s full of amazing printables with I am already using in my classes and with my son who is a preschooler.

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I love the size, layout and images. They are great.

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After Barbara, we had lunch. It was great but it took just to long. The line was long.

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We even had a visit of the Secretary of Education of the glorious state of Sonora, my state.

Right after lunch the last lecture by a lovely lady whose first name I forgot to write down. Her last name is Rourke. I won’t deny it after lunch, I was falling sleep and her voice was so soothing that I don’t have any pictures. SORRY!

PNIEB… no more?

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Read the bottom

Last week, a friend of mine (Monica, lots of love) posted  in Facebook this picture with the question: Does PNIEB change the name?

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I love that movie!

From collegues comments, apparently it is so. Thanks, for the late notice. Like usual, burocracy always gets in the middle of important things.

According to the Diario Oficial de la Federacion in Acuerdo 706, it is so. In this “new” document (since January 2014), there is a new program which, we could say, absorbs PNIEB. It is called Programa de Fortalecimiento de la Calidad en Educacion Basica (link right here) and we are part of it now.

From reading the document (not really carefully), I got a couple of things. CORRECT ME if I’m wrong.

  1. This program has 4 different components: materials for math and literacy, supporting curriculum design, English in Public Basic School (us) and get the money to do so.
  2. We are still part of the newest syllabus (2011)… ufff! (Happy sigh)
  3. We are still EXTERNAL ADVISERS (no members of the faculty), at least in Preschool and Elementary (nothing new)
  4. Almost 65% of  all the whole budget goes to us in terms of paychecks, teacher training (courses, certifications, etc) and teaching materials.

Reflexions after a secondary reunion... the diet theory

Reflexions (Don’t really pay attention to the upper image. I’m being sarcastic):

  • I hate to be a pessimist but I don’t think we are getting tenure (is that the correct word?) or plaza anymore, unless you live in DF or BC.
  • We lost part of the importance or power we had before.
  • What does this mean? Actually nothing really important in the short run, we are still working and getting paid. On the long run, I have no clue.

Schoology VS Edmodo, part 2

Extra note: Since officially, there is no PNIEB as it was called before. I will have to change the domain, or what? WHAT A BOOMER!

Any ideas please send me a comment. XOXO

PNIEB and Conaliteg, 2014 edition

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Reflexions after a secondary reunion... the diet theory

Back again to the time to select the textbook for next school year. For third year in row, we have the opportunity to select the book according to the syllabus 2006, not 2011. Hurray! (BIG sarcasm sign) Well, acording to the list that my coordinator showed to me.

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I have very elocuent in the matter in previous posts like:

I really thought that this year was the year. Well, good luck next year.

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If you are going to pick your old-fashion textbook, please check: Selecting a textbook

3/14/14 NEWS: I found out today. That at least in my schools. NO English teacher will have the opportunity to choose. We are locked on the system. I asked around and apparently everybody will get the same book.

And the plot has just thickened…

Someone told me that PNIEB textbooks will arrive directly and my two schools are on the list… OMG! New textbook on August hopefully.

According to my source, the textbooks to arrive are

  • All Ready – Editorial Macmillan (known and used in copies)
  • Brilliant Teens – Editorial Santillana
  • Teens Club – Editorial Castillo (seen and looks OK)

Before the graduation, the 4th bimester

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I am not GOD of planning or anything like that. I am just a simple minded teacher who likes to share examples to other clueless teachers.

This is just to get an idea of how to do it. It’s not written in stone or it’s perfect. It’s for 3rd grade, 4th bimester (March-April)

Workshop and Official Format for PNIEB cycle 4, 2014

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On Feb 5 at 1:00 PM, I was asked by my principal to attend to a workshop earlier that day and the following day. I was clearly annoyed to the fact that I had already lost a day of the workshop. However, it’s not unusual that news of workshops and meetings get misplaced in the every terrible monster of burocracy. Yet, I wasn’t happy at NO being there but I really needed a cool off day. I had  a horrible sore throat and nearly non-existed teaching voice.

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In the second day of the workshop and my first, I was late because I had to go to my work places to announce the workshop and leave some paperwork to my subprincipal.

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Once there, I realized that it was about planning with PNIEB. Something, that I already have been doing for 2 1/2 school years.  It was OK since I had a terrible headache/sore throat day that I could just lay back and be a consultant for my teacher peers. (Also last year attended to a similar topic reunion. See Reflexions after a Secondary Reunion… the Diet Theory)

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They presented a new format which is EXACTLY the same I have been using in Elementary for over a school year. (See New Planning Format).

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On the super bright side, we had a visit from Idolina Camargo from McMillian. It’s been years since the last time I saw her. However, she was a bit under the weather. She misplaced presentations, some links didn’t work and the audio was low (lack of speakers). It’s the first time in 9 years that I have seen her like that. Well, there is a first for everything.

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Also on the super bright side, Idolina brought a set of All Ready books (all three grades) for everybody.

On the peachiest side, apparantelly they will be textbooks in August for students in only 175 secondary schools (looks like General only)

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On the sweetest side,  I found a teacher friend who I spent a whole month with in Chicago (along other 60 teachers). That was awesome!

Planning in Secondary, a big reflection and roundup

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I love my visits in the posts about planing, specifically those clicks on my lesson plans. No kidding! I understand the difficulties on the topic, something so important and yet so complicated. (Related posts: Reflexions after a secondary reunion and New Planning Format)

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Having the textbooks helps a lot, especially if you choose it to fit your students. (check my post: Selecting a textbook).

However, only a couple of schools have updated textbooks in the trail version. Most of us, don’t. (Check posts: PNIEB and Conaliteg, PNIEB and Conaliteg, 2013 edition)

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Through influences some have textbooks only one for the teacher, the students go to get copies. That’s the way we are working at school #2. (check post: All Right! 2 – My textbook review)

Last year in my #1 Secondary, we worked (I mean: me) using the syllabus and use printables made by me, which I shared on:

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This year, we received a note from the supervisor to work with old syllabus since we have old syllabus textbooks. Honestly, I felt betrayed. All year trying and working with the new syllabus and I wasn’t listened or cared by some peers. OK by me, even better I have all for the school year, ha ha ha.

Honestly, sometimes I wonder it could be less stressing if I justgot the lesson plan from someone, follow it and sleep at night. Kidding!, that’s not my style. Even with a textbook, I like to make extra activities. (Check post: Lacking textbook)

Honestly #2, I like to plan by myself. When I just started in Secondary, I bought a planning book ($150 pesos) which I didn’t like and ended up planning all anyway. There wasn’t anything helpful in that book. It was the same that reading the syllabus.

If you want to check out other lesson plans very general too but yet more helpful than that book that I bought a long time a go. Check this 3 places:

  • Programa de Ingles del DF. It has all grades. I like the suggested activities at the second page of each lesson plan.
  • PNIEB Coahuila. I don’t like the format but it has activities, vocabulary and structures which is very helpful to focus on.
  • Planeaciones de Secundaria OLX. This is for sale. It looks interesting. I would buy it if several pitch in.

What the wocka, PIP Sonora? A summer to remember

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I love that movie!

This is probably my most controversial post ever. Last week were the appointments for new contract in Elementary school, and preschool too, like every year…

Except, what a summer!

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All started in June. Previous years, you had to hand in a form containing your continuation in the program and wiliness to change school with principal’s signature and school’s stamp. During the workshop at the end of the school year (still June), in the attendance sheet next to the attendees name, there was a small check box to state the continuation. That was all!

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July started and we received the announcement to complete a survey about our coordinators. All around Facebook, peers discussed the topic in length… some didn’t like the idea at all because there was no anonymity since you sign the survey with your email address. Some did appreciate the idea of being really listened about the issues with the coordinators.

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The summer went by uneventful except for paycheck day at July 12. FIRST TIME EVER!!! We received with glee the paycheck for the month of July and with the promise of August in December  like X-mas bonus.

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Two weeks went  by in a/c peace and quiet. And in July 26 another announcement… We needed to get 3 requirements for next new contract: health checkup ($75) , no criminal records ($104), and a new one: no bad public server record ($260) . Total spent: $439 + gas money + husband getting dehydrated in the car waiting for me due to no parking space = priceless.

Asignaciones 2013-2014FInally, august started and winds of new school year blew by, in August 8, the expected day arrived: the dates for new contract were available. 3 days for the 200 teachers (more or less) in Hermosillo. For the first time ever, I was appointed to the second day. I am always in the top places in the ranking. The appointments don’t have any logic in the ranking. It’s not about seniority, alphabetical, or good performance.

Some peers immediately called the coordination to get an inside or a reason for such strange ranking. The answers shocked more than one and provoked multiple comments on Facebook (blessed it): new school for everybody.

Five years ago, the same thing happened. You got to choose the school available at the moment of your turn. I lost my school for 3 years. It was pretty much get in line and hope. I was hopeful and saw this as a new opportunity to get a school near my kids daycare or my new secondary. I even made a wishing list with school names, number of students, number of classroom, etc.

However…

Over that weekend and week, Facebook comments were back and forth with rumors and news of peers who called or went to the coordination. Three things were definitely happening in Hermosillo:

  1. New school
  2. It wasn’t your choice
  3. More importantly some schools would be closed to EFL because some will increase in 1st and 2nd grade. Very big reorganization (Only happy news. I miss those cute small kids)

One friend told that the coordination told him/her that we could SWITCH between two peers two schools if it was beneficial to both as long it wasn’t their previous school.

So the days arrived (August 20-22), I was there the first day, although my date was the following day. (Just to gossip) Most of my peers came out half-happy. They were moved to a different school near their previous one. A few stayed in their same schools because they worked in the country side. Only a couple were truly happy because they wanted to change schools.

A meeting with the main chief was arranged to explain and express concerns that same first day. However, it was rescheduled to the end of the third day.

The next day arrived, my day. I was half nervous like everybody: I needed to get near to my new secondary or get a sabbatical year. That was my plan.

They called my name and I sat. I was already assigned to the same school that a good friend, out of my zone and far from my new secondary and daycare. I explained my situation. I was very lucky that day because there was an opening in the new zone and with 1st and 2nd grade, next to the secondary. It all fell into place. Ufff!

I went to my former school to say goodbye and pack my office (only one year of usage)… I was sad but I needed to change.

However…

What about the teachers who were in total bliss in their schools for years? Some had 7-8 years in the same schools. Some had their kids in the same school, or it was easy to access to it by bus or walking distance. Some got very far away schools. Some were split in two schools, and so on. The list of issues is endless.

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On Thursday at 5 pm, the meeting with the main chief of us was scheduled in a NEUTRAL place: a square in downtown. Our chief listened our concerns, situations and gave some explanations and promises: We would return to our old schools next school year (Myself and others don’t believe it), and teachers who wanted to check options to make changes on Tuesday.

These previous weeks have been stressful to no measure. This week we relax. We go to our new schools or go to make changes. We prepare to start new school year on Monday September 2nd.

All we can do is hope and work together to improve our working situation. Let’s hope we get paid soon or we will raise again. Unity is force!

Tuesday, August 27 update: Yesterday, I went to the coordination to hand out some papers and there were plenty of friends trying to change schools.

Also yesterday, a friend posted on Facebook that the new principal at the new school wouldn’t sign the papers because he/she didn’t approve her/him and wanted the old teacher back. That really happened to several friends actually… that’s another issue, both teacher and principal didn’t want any changes. Then WHY DO IT?

Today, I found out that there wouldn’t be more changes for now. Probably, the main office didn’t expect so many of us and got overloaded. Then again WHY MAKE CHANGES IN THE FIRST PLACE?