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Two Changes in Fort Zumwalt

Classes Sizes Are Key

There are two big changes taking place in the Fort Zumwalt School District.  

The first has to do with lunches.  If you buy a lunch at school, be prepared to get lots of beans.  Because of Mrs. Obama's push towards healthy eating, kids in the Fort Zumwalt School District can expect to see more beans at each lunch.  What's for lunch on the first day of school?  Three-Bean Salad.

Also, Fort Zumwalt is no longer going to handle student teachers the way they have in the past.  They are now being called Co-Teachers and the classroom teacher will have to remain in the classroom with the student teacher to the end of his/her assignment. 

This is better for kids in my opinion but doesn't do any favors for the student teacher.  Because, at this point student teachers will never get a chance to plan a full days worth of lessons and teach a class full of students by themselves.  So when they do graduate and get that first teaching job, they are headed into a situation where they have absolutely no real teaching experience.

I'm going to call around to other districts to see who is implementing this policy.  Fort Zumwalt is never the first kid on the block to implement something new.  They have always waited to allow other school districts to try things out before they dip their toe in the water so to speak.

I would like to add that the only proven way to increase student learning is to lower the student teacher ratio.  This means tax payers are going to have to pay more taxes and Fort Zumwalt is going to have to hire more teachers.

I used to think that having 22 kids in my room was great.  However, after teaching classes with just 15 students, I saw how much they improved because there was more of me to go around.

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Jim Frain August 08, 2012 at 01:08 AM
I come from a family of teachers Rich. From my grandfather who taught school for 43 years, my grandmother who taught for 32 years, to my short stint of 2 years, and to my son who is in year11 and my daughter in law in year 6, I have heard and felt the same thing that you said...."Tax payers are going to have to pay more taxes and FZ is going to have to hire more teachers". Sadly Rich, we both know that the odds of major increases in tax dollars being devoted to our public schools are few and far between. I choose not to give my feelings about what has to be done in this district other than major changes have to be made to get us back on track and to get to where surrounding districts are now going. Keeping the buildings looking good and the teachers in line makes little difference in the knowledge our students will receive.
Lucinda August 08, 2012 at 02:57 AM
How many adults would eat 3 bean salad and they expect the kids to eat it? Be real. There are far more selections than what they offer the kids. No wonder most of the food parents buy goes to waste.
Rich Pope August 08, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Jim, thanks for the comment.
Rich Pope August 08, 2012 at 04:18 PM
One of the best lunches is Macho Nachos. I'm not sure but I don't think you will see this any longer on the menu.
Rich Pope July 05, 2013 at 09:34 PM
One thing to consider is that in order to hire a master teacher, any school district would have to cough-up too much money. So, the school districts can get two recent graduates for the price of one master teacher. The only problem is, these teachers can barely teach. I once taught in a grade level and I had more years experience than all of the other teacher's combined.

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