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Teachers & Students Ask: Will @GovChristie's Office Be Air-Conditioned This Week?
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for the love of learning: This will be my last year teaching in the hospital -- here are 3 things I learned

for the love of learning: This will be my last year teaching in the hospital -- here are 3 things I learned:



This will be my last year teaching in the hospital -- here are 3 things I learned



This will be my last year teaching in a children's psychiatric assessment unit. Next school year, I will be moving to a middle school where I will be teaching grade 6 language arts, grade 6 social studies and grade 8 social studies.

I've spent almost four years teaching in the hospital, and I know that I am a better teacher for it -- I think I'm a better husband and father, too. Teaching in a children's psychiatric assessment unit has forever changed my perspective on what matters most.

Here are three things I have learned from teaching in the hospital:

1. Children who are loved at home, come to school to learn -- children who are not loved at home, come to school be loved. Too many of the children I taught over the last 4 years were suffering from a toxic combination of abuse and neglect. These children are not stupid or lazy, and they are not bad, but they are lost -- and our job is to help them find themselves.

These children are struggling with a wide range of problems from anger to depression to eating disorders to addictions, and yet there was a common denominator among almost everyone of the more than 500 children I taught in the last four years: Almost every single child I have worked with in the last four years thinks very little of themselves. Too many of these children hated themselves, wanted to hurt themselves and actively tried to kill themselves.

Over the last four years, we read a lot and we wrote a lot about topics that truly mattered to them, but not before I worked tirelessly to nurture a relationship with each of my students. This is why the best teachers understand that students will never care what you know until they know you care about them.

2. Children don't give adults a hard time -- they are just having a hard time. I can't tell you how many times I had to remind myself that the children who are the hardest to like, need us the most. When we understand that hurt people, hurt people, it's easier to see our students' struggles not as problems to be punished but as opportunities to be taught. This is why my teaching philosophy is defined by a purposeful shift away from doing things tofor the love of learning: This will be my last year teaching in the hospital -- here are 3 things I learned:

He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named Gets A Mention | New Haven Independent

He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named Gets A Mention | New Haven Independent:



He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named Gets A Mention

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Weingarten with Peletier at Tuesday’s convention.
The head of a national teachers union praised a “dear friend” and third-party candidate who was barred from addressing a labor convention—then made a case for why delegates should instead support a governor who has angered teachers.
Lord Voldemort (left). Pelto (right).


Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), made that case Tuesday at the Connecticut AFL-CIO’s 10th Biennial Political Convention at downtown New Haven’s Omni Hotel, where, according to script, delegates unanimously endorsed Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s reelection run.
Weingarten got behind Malloy, too—after mentioning Jonathan Pelto, an education blogger and former state legislator who recently joined the governor’s race. Pelto, a relentless critic of Malloy, especially on education, is trying to get on the ballot as a third-party candidate under the new Education and Democracy Party. Pelto has played Lord Voldemort in the script of the convention of the last two days: Convention organizers refused to let him speak and in some cases shuddered to say his name, portraying him as the evil third-party spoiler who could snatch the margin of victory away from Malloy in a tight rematch with Republican Tom Foley.

DOL chief Sharon Palmer, Weingarten and Peters.
When she heard a reporter utter the would-be spoiler’s name, AFT CT President Melodie Peters declined a press interview and walked away.

“Pelto?” she said. “I’m not talking about Pelto.”
Lori Pelletier, head of the AFL-CIO of CT, didn’t allow Pelto to address the convention. “Third parties don’t win. They spoil,” she said. She limited the invites to the two majority party nominees, Malloy and Foley, who appeared Monday.
The specter of Jonathan Pelto emerged Tuesday, when Weingarten gave a keynote speech right before delegates endorsed Malloy.
Weingarten called Pelto “a dear friend of mine.”
“He’s done a lot of good work,” Weingarten said of Pelto in her convention address. Then she made a case for why delegates should not endorse him or vote for him.
Malloy has angered teachers, particularly though remarks in 2012 that in order to get tenure, teachers just had to “show up” to work. Through his blog, Pelto has hammered Malloy and his education commissioner, Stefan Pryor, on their connection to charter schools, endorsement of the Common Core and other attempted reforms. AFT leaders have endorsed Malloy, fearing the election of a He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named Gets A Mention | New Haven Independent:

Weingarten endorses Malloy, says Connecticut should not let Koch brothers take it

Weingarten endorses Malloy, says Connecticut should not let Koch brothers take it:



Weingarten endorses Malloy, says Connecticut should not let Koch brothers take it

Randi Weingarten and Garth Harries after AFL-CIO convention in New Haven 

NEW HAVEN >> Randi Weingarten, the national president of the American Federation of Teachers, told an enthusiastic group of union members Tuesday that the only way to stop the reach of the conservative Koch brothers and the new restrictions on labor is to re-elect Dannel P. Malloy as governor of Connecticut, and not vote for her friend Jonathan Pelto, or Republican Tom Foley.
“The only way to stop the Koch brothers, the only way to change the trajectory, the only way to do this is to start right here, right now in Connecticut by re-electing Gov. Dan Malloy,” Weingarten told the delegates to the Connecticut AFL-CIO convention, who jumped to their feet in a standing ovation.
The Koch brothers, Charles G. and David H. Koch, billionaire supporters of libertarian and conservative causes, and Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin, who led the effort to repeal collective bargaining rights over pensions and healthcare for public employees, are not on the ballot in Connecticut, but labor sees Connecticut as the next battleground between what they represent and the future of unions and the middle class.
The brothers, according to Politico, just announced a new super PAC, Freedom Partners Action Fund, to which they will give $15 million for the midterm elections, part of $290 million for causes they favor.
Weingarten said there are a lot of third party candidates around and one of them “ happens to be a dear friend of mine - Jon Pelto. And he has done really good work in terms of calling out what is wrong in a lot of the so-called reform efforts in Connecticut and all across the country.”
“But let’s be real here. Is this about helping out a friend or is this about what we need to do in Connecticut to get back to the American dream?” Weingarten said as she raised her voice and pounded on the podium.
After her appearance as the main guest during the second day of the Weingarten endorses Malloy, says Connecticut should not let Koch brothers take it:


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"For these are all our children, and we will profit by or pay for whatever they become."


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