Archives for October 2011

Teacher of the Year Makes Surprising Decision

This is the continuing story of Christopher Harvey, a distinguished National Board Certified teacher of the year.  If you have not had the opportunity to read my previous two posts about Chris, what you’re about to read about here won’t be much of a surprise. This is the concluding portion of an opinion piece Chris […]

Outstanding Teacher Suddenly Struggling

Christopher Harvey, a distinguished National Board Certified teacher of the year, has a long list of accomplishments that truly set him apart from his peers.  If you have not had the opportunity to read my previous post about Chris, please consider doing so before continuing here. Chris wrote an opinion piece for the Florida Times-Union […]

Accomplished Local Teacher’s Compelling Story

Christopher Harvey is a science teacher at Edward H. White High School here in Jacksonville.  But Chris is not just a science teacher, he’s an extraordinary science teacher. According to an editorial that Chris wrote for the Florida Times-Union on August 21, 2011, he has always known that the purpose of his life was to […]

Discouraging Misbehavior in the Classroom

For the time being, this is my last post in the category of student behavior. Here are some strategies that I have found to be effective for discouraging misbehavior in the classroom.  Unfortunately, these suggestions will work ONLY if they are implemented on the very FIRST day of school. To borrow a sports analogy, the […]

A Parent’s View on Student Misbehavior

On August 14, in response to Rev. Gundy’s experience as a substitute teacher and the conclusions that he drew from it, parent Marcella Washington wrote the following letter to the editor of the local newspaper. “I read with interest the guest column by the Rev. R. L. Gundy on student behavior in one of our […]

Discipline Problems: The Source and the Solution

You may recall Rev. Gundy’s experience as a substitute teacher from my last post. As Rev. Gundy sees it, the burden on our schools does not rest upon the shoulders of the teachers, staff, and administrators alone. The burden involves family issues, mostly related to parents who do not accept responsibilities for their children. He […]

Pastor Shocked by Student Misbehavior

From January through April of last school year, the Rev. R.L. Gundy, pastor of Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church here in Jacksonville, served as a substitute teacher at Ribault High School. He certainly got a rude awakening. He reports that students walked the halls talking on cell phones with earphones in their ears, used profanity, […]

Aggressive Teacher Learns His Fate

If you missed  my last post, you may want to consider reading it before continuing here. It turns out that there’s a little more to the story than we first knew. Richardson did not have a clean record.  He was suspended for 10 days in 2008 for using a paddle to spank a child, and […]

Local Teacher Goes Loco, Faces Suspension

Here, I’m beginning a series of posts in a new category–Teacher Issues, one of which is discipline problems. I think that we would all agree that once kids know where our buttons are, they WILL PUSH them. Apparently one kid here in Jacksonville pushed a little too hard. Topher Sanders of the Florida Times-Union, our […]