Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Survivor: Teacher Edition

Issue One:

Don’t you just love when John McLaughlin says that on PBS’s McLaughlin Group.

A dear retired teacher friend of mine just sent me this e-mail. All I can say is Amen and Amen! “Bye-Bye” (Another McLaughlin saying)


Next Season on Survivor:

Have you heard about the next planned "Survivor" show?

Mayor Bloomberg (NYC), Kathy Black (NYC Schools' Chancellor), Governor Walker ( Wis ) and Governor Christie (NJ) will be dropped in an elementary school classroom for 1 school year.  Each of them will be provided with a copy of his/her school district's curriculum, and a class of 20-25 students in a self-contained classroom with ancient furniture and few supplies.

Each class will have a minimum of five learning-disabled children, three with A.D.H.D., one gifted child, and two who speak limited English. Three students will be labeled with severe behavior problems.

Each of them must complete lesson plans at least 10 days in advance, with annotations for curriculum objectives and modify, organize, or create their materials accordingly. They will be required to teach students, handle misconduct, implement technology, document attendance, write referrals, correct homework, make bulletin boards, compute grades, complete report cards, document benchmarks, communicate with parents, and arrange parent conferences. They must also stand in their doorway between class changes to monitor the hallways.

In addition, they will complete fire drills, tornado drills, and [Code Red] drills for shooting attacks each month.

They must attend workshops, faculty meetings, and attend curriculum development meetings. This incudes mandatory summer workshops and training for textbooks and the current ways one should teach Reading and Math. They must also tutor students who are behind and strive to get their 2 non-English speaking children proficient enough to take the SOLS tests.  If they are sick or having a bad day they must not let it show.

Each day they must incorporate reading, writing, math, science, and social studies into the program. They must maintain discipline and provide an educationally stimulating environment to motivate students at all times.  If all students do not wish to cooperate, work, or learn, the teacher will be held responsible.

These people will only have access to the public golf course on the weekends, but with their new salary, they will not be able to afford it.  There will be no access to vendors who want to take them out to lunch, and lunch will be limited to thirty minutes, which is not counted as part of their work day.  They will be permitted to use a student restroom, as long as another survival candidate can supervise their kids.

If the copier is operable, they may make copies of necessary materials before, or after school, however, they cannot surpass their monthly limit of copies.  They must also continually advance their education, at their expense, and on their own time.

The winner of this Season of Survivor will be allowed to return to their job, but will have to plan for more students and less funding than currently allotted.

Pass this to your friends who think teaching is easy, and to the ones that know it is hard.


  1. HA HA! LOVE IT! So true, but I don't think anyone else will survive! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I love it! :)

    On another note...Please, please, oh pretty please will you share your literacy pack for Henry & Mudge with us? I LOVE your writing prompts!

    Thanks a bushel!!

  3. Makes me tired just looking at it! It's a good thing we love kids and love teaching. "'s not what we do, it's what we are."

    Thank you for sharing that.

  4. These Survivor contestants will be begging for mercy before lunch!

  5. My administrator shared this with us last week on our school's email. :) When you put teaching like this, we are survivors!!! It rings true.

    First Grade Factory


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