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I Get By I Get By

I get dragged under
pushed over
fed up
put down

but still I
get by.


Simple and short, this one gets right to the point, folks. Just a little quip that I thought you might enjoy. No matter what tries to work you over, what knocks you down or what takes you off your feet, all that matters is that you simply keep going and that you get on by.

Here’s to hoping that your day flies by and that you’ve got something cold and on the rocks waiting for you when you get home tonight!

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(I posted the following as a response to a question on an NYC teacher chat page.)

Hi, I noticed this issue a few weeks ago, I rarely use the phone system because it just calls me for jobs that I don’t want to accept (even thought I’ve answered that I’m uncomfortable with the assignment location) and I also would just like to know something about the school like say it’s proximity to me or the age group that the system is calling about. Thus, the online thing has always been a mixed bag- I often times find that only the undesirable schools will open….randomly if that. There have been a few times when I’ve been requested and I can’t get the job because it is “in callout.”
A few weeks ago, I noticed that not one job opened up online. Luckily, I work with a few schools closely! and they call me directly and I’ve worked 9 out of 10 days….but there are only so many more days left of high school left, and so I’d like to work at the places that I find I can work with.
I too called the woman, but she got an attitude with me, telling me that there was nothing wrong and that I must not know anything, She rudely asked for my file number and told me that she would call me back personally if she found a job I was a match for. At that time, there were at least 5 pages of open jobs on Subcentral. I wanted to call her back but I in fact just started cold calling schools because I figured that they would taken the job listings offline when they got filled.
If I encounter this problem tomorrow morning, Im going to call back and insist that I speak with her manager or Peter Ianello (the director of Subcentral,) I know the school I want to work at will be a rough guess to get into tomorrow, Most teachers who care about their careers don’t take off extra days after a 3 day weekend- so maybe a trip down to court st might happen.


On 5/19/14, MM wrote:

Are there any subs out there that have had difficulties
> getting jobs on SubCentral recently?
> For the past few days the jobs that have been on SubCentral
> do not appear to be opening up online. Usually when the
> system calls a substitute (listed as being “In Callout”)the
> job opens up for a substitute who is viewing SubCentral
> online(listed online as “Details”). Usually the jobs
> fluctuate from being “In Callout” and being available but
> the past two days, the jobs have been stuck “In Callout”.
> I’m also not sure the system is actually calling anyone.
> Usually I receive anywhere from 10-15 calls per morning,
> whether I accept the job or not but I haven’t received any
> calls from the SubCentral system in the last two days and it
> seems as if none of the jobs that are getting posted are
> being accepted by anyone. Yesterday, I couldn’t even accept
> a job by one of the schools that has me listed as one their
> priority subs. I understand that there’s always a few jobs
> will not be accepted but lately there have been about 3
> pages worth of sub jobs on SubCentral everyday that are
> stuck in callout and have been online for hours.
> I tried calling the SubCentral help desk and was basically
> told in a nice way that I was crazy by a woman who seemed to
> have a bit of an attitude and that they did not notice any
> problems with the system but I know that I’m probably not
> the only sub who has missed two days of work during the
> busiest time of the school year because of this.
> Are there any other NYC substitutes who have been having
> this problem or is it just me?


Chester Kent. 5/27/2014

Origins of a word

New York Times Article

I read the above New York Times article and found immediate use of it as a discussion in class. Students in ELA, Global -And American History class can easily have a conversation about cultural identity. The moderator/teacher could easily find another blog or article about a similar topic and have students compare and contrast the viewpoints and create their own argument.
Similarly, in a Literacy in Mathematics class, students could take demographics about how polling is done, and discuss what their results mean. And then move to the cultural discussion.
On the Times article itself,
I’m happy to be politically correct. I’ve always found the difference between Hispanic and Latino and between Black and African America- very interesting to examine.
-Chester Kent

It’s been a while.


It’s been a while and a lot has happened professio nally but I read this article and while I don’t really have the time to say all the reasons why-

But teach a class, you fucking idiot.

Shut down.

-Chester Kent


You know those kids after school….? The loud ones who act like they have no home training, or that they are telling the best story in the world so we all have to hear em? The kids who push you out the way,rough house and don’t give an eff whose nearby?

Well someone dealt with one (non-lethally.)

read this. a story about man v teen.

Should be interesting how this one turns out? I totally see the kids stepping to him like wild beast who needed to be tamed. Kids these days are taking it to far with their”turn it up.”

Again, we’ll see if this story becomes more.

[chester Kent]

Today’s quote –

Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others


When I read this quote the first thing I said to myself if “Who knew that Plato would be into Inclusion and Inclusive education?” For those not in the know, “Inclusion education” is exactly what it sounds like. Children of all different abilities (or some with disabilities) are included in the same classroom. The textbook definition of Inclusion education will tell you things about the “Least Restrictive Environments,” ratios and “IEP’s.” What anyone needs to know is that it’s a way to merge general education and special education.

I’ve seen some classrooms where inclusion works. The children work together to help each other, and the weakest members of the class or those classified as disabled work well with each other. Two years ago, I built an a truly inclusive class. I poured hours over an oversized class roster. I checked the list of IEP’s and considered the student without them. The 21 students in my class rocked and rolled. They cared about each other and their assignments. They worked pass language barriers.

And then I’ve seen classes where the teacher is overworked, and the class size roster is near its limit and the amount of education being done amounts to snapped pencils and frustration by all.

But focus not be good, right? Especially since all education is moving to inclusion being the norm. Plato’s quote is something for all teachers really. Who doesn’t believe that all students have the capability to be good students. Good teachers do. They worry and stress that maybe they haven’t gotten their points across to their classes. Students do know genuine good teaching. They look forward to the test and sense of accomplishment that View full article »

“True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation.”

― George Washington

Often times I smile a secret smile when I hear the chatter of high schools students. The urgency of their relationships with their friends these kids have. Every student is an archetype for one of the characters on DeGrassi; each of their problems the thing that is stopping today.
Right now I’m attempting to force myself trying to recall was I like that? Did I act like the typical self important teen and if so, have I learned how to use that experience with others, with my students. I know there were some serious trials and tribulations in high school but they seem so long ago. I have a few journals (about like 15 maybe 20) but when I read back through them I feel disconnected from that kid. I feel like telling him “buck up buddy…these things you are going through are just training exercises.”
I set out wanting to write about friendships but I think that there’s nothing good to come down from examining from this angle. Maybe tomorrow’s prompt will be a better starter.

The future

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”
-Eleanor Roosevelt

This is my first attempt at semi regular writing or blogging…let’s see if I can keep this up for a month. Not sure of the frequency I’ll do it but here we go.

The above quote comes for a calendar someone very close to me gave. My interpretation of what Eleanor Roosevelt says is derived from my own personal interactions with students. That is, some of the children I cherish the most are the ones who have needed the most help. In regards to lesson or materials presented to them, they may not have even succeeded at a task another teacher or I have given them but they tried. My professional goal has been to get all my children to learn skill sets to attack material and claim mastery. However, my personal goal has been to teach them a skill set that all kids should have, That is, I try my best to design lessons or instructions for that kid who feels so lost that they already have their head down on the desk even before they enter the room.

I think every teacher has encountered that kid who sucks at the materials you present; their answers are almost always wrong and you argue with yourself if you want to call on them. But then you do. Why? Because you know they want to understand- they care about their grade and even more, they want to know the material. They are an example if the imperfect student. Bad grades, but good attitude. The imperfect student is the one that you double check their tests of re-read their essays to find points. You feel good when they get a 75, and offer extra credit. You give them an extension on homework they forgot.

A few years ago, I had my students write an essay on “a time when they were happy even when others wouldn’t understand it.” The resulting poems and essays are very dear to me; I could never toss them. There is an essay that one student wrote that was so hopeful and about perseverance that I still teary-eyed reading it. This student had a rough life, but he could see himself and his family coming out of it. What affected me even more personally was that while reading his essay I could envision him making revisions and taking to heart and mind what I said about writing. I could see his first, second and third drafts. The final essay by no means was perfect, but it was damn near close. On a whole that entire 5th period class did.

I teach for those kids and to inspire kids to become them. Those kind of kids always came with a pencil or pencil or asked for one before class started. They groaned over the homework but did as much of it that they could. The kids in that class are the kids I try to work for and work with. They may or may not know that they can’t excel at everything but that doesn’t mean they won’t try.

Those are the kids who appreciate school and love life. Those are the kids I look forward to seeing 5 years from now and smile when they tell me where they are going to college, even if it’s local or community. Those are the kids who know sometimes you got to work at your dreams. Whenever I meet them, and get to know them, I find myself happy that they challenge me to be a better teacher.


I just spent an hour typing a post.  My computer ate it, and it makes me sad.

Anecdotal Log of the past hour would read

Teacher spends hour formatting and writing a post on incident at school.   Teacher clicks submit, and computer crashes.  Post is not saved in drafts.  Teacher is confused and frustrated.

Critical Analysis

I am well.  I was much better 15 minutes ago.  It is is too cold to do it again.

chester kent.

That’s what the EFFIN Teacher Said….

Well…..Parents feel like it.  Spouses, brothers, sisters, preachers, shoe salesmen, Avon ladies…..every authority figure ever has probably said it.  And kudos to the 12th grade teacher who let her students know that she knows.   Goddamn,  sometimes-  Sometimes, the teacher just needs to teach.

I like this rant so much more than that asshole Jessie Whatever’s.  (Remember that rant in May about touching  a student’s heart.)


Cheers to the freaking weekend.

-Chester Kent