As a second teacher with an MA from Teachers‘ College, Nichole taught English at Williamsburg Charter High School in Brooklyn for the past two years. She received praise and recommendations from the Headmaster, Headmaster and Headmaster for special needs and academic support. They praised her „hard work and dedication“ and described her as „a passionate, high-energy teacher“ and „a dedicated and caring teacher“. They praised their work with „special needs students to help them improve their reading and writing skills.“
No less generous was the praise of the students. Formal student ratings in Nichole’s personal file describe her as a „great“, „very good“ and „wonderful“ teacher. „She is always on duty and keeps us interested in our lessons,“ said a student. „It is so organized and helps us to make it better in the classroom,“ another student wrote. „She has always planned everything so well and everyone can pass the course.“
„Your relationship with the students is what really stands out,“ director Marsha Spampinato wrote to Nichole in a year-end analysis. „The students know when to take care of them and do not give lip-gloss, and they understand that you care about them as individuals as well as students, which helps a lot with the relationship you have with your classes. … „
Nichole’s caregivers at the Williamsburg Charter High School thought so much about their work that when Chancellor Joel Klein came to visit this spring, they introduced their class. In his March newsletter to the New Yorkers, Klein wrote a lesson that taught Nichole her ninth grade on Homer’s Odyssey, and that made the students think critically about the gods of Greek mythology.
Aber das war im März. Kurz darauf teilte Nichole mit anderen Lehrern der Schule den Gehaltsplan für Lehrer des New Yorker Bildungsministeriums. Obwohl die Lehrer in Williamsburg viel mehr Unterrichtsstunden und viel weniger Vorbereitungszeit hatten als die Lehrer in New York, stellten sie fest, dass sie wesentlich weniger als ihre Kollegen in der öffentlichen Schule verdienten. Nichole hat sich über diesen Blog an die UFT gewandt und gefragt, was ihre Rechte sind und wie sie diese sichern könnte. Sie und ein zweiter Lehrer fragten Eddie Calderon-Melendez, den Gründer und Geschäftsführer der Williamsburg Charter High School, wie die Gehälter festgelegt wurden und ob es einen Zeitplan für die Schule gibt. Ein dritter Lehrer begann Fragen zu stellen, warum die vierteljährlichen Berichte der 401-K-Pläne der Lehrer nicht zeigten, dass die Schule die Gelder, die Teil ihrer Vergütung für ihre Arbeit waren, deponierte.
Die Antwort auf diese Anfragen kam in Form eines Memorandums vom 8. Juni von Calderon-Melendez an alle Williamsburger Mitarbeiter zum Thema „Personalpolitik“. Er schrieb: „Ich bin entschlossen für die Vision und Mission der Schule, wie sie von mir entworfen, entwickelt und formuliert wurde. Es ist besonders wichtig zu verstehen, dass dies ein klares Verständnis dessen erfordert, was die Schule ist, sein wird und was sie sein wird und was nicht, wie es von mir und dem Gründungsprincipal artikuliert wird.“ Großschreibung und Syntax vom Original. „Sie können gerne einen Termin mit mir vereinbaren“, fuhr er fort, „falls Sie Fragen oder Bedenken bezüglich Ihrer Arbeit oder der Schule haben.“
Shortly before the publication of this memo, Calderon-Melendez began a series of meetings with the school staff. At the meeting with Nichole, he told her that he would quit her job at the school. She asked for a reason. He replied that he did not have to give her a reason because she was a co-worker who could be fired for some reason. He admitted, however, that it had nothing to do with her teaching. The school leadership, which opposes union organizing, often argues that „on-the-job“ employment is essential to the quality of their teaching staff. „I was devastated,“ Nichole says. The teacher, who had inquired about the missing 401K contributions, was also fired.
I started blogging as a hobby. I graduated and went up to the big smoke. I hated Facebook, but wanted a way to stay in touch with friends and family. There are only so many times that you can say what you did before you start to bark crazy. I also wanted to be able to exchange recipes and restaurant recommendations without disturbing old school friends who only want to take pictures of each other’s babies.
I worked in social media & a blog that people could visit if they wanted or ignored, if they did not, seemed like a great idea.
I hardly imagined that my own friends would read it, let alone people from all over the world! I’ve been blogging for less than 2 years so I do not consider myself an expert. Nevertheless, I am always asked for help and advice, so I thought I would post everything in a post for anyone who needs it.
First, you have to decide which platform is right for you.
The 2 big competitors are Google Blogger (which I use) or WordPress. WordPress is more complicated, but you have more control over the layout and look of your blog. Blogger keeps your hand a little more & you should never really need technical help. If you are a bit of a touch of coding, I would almost certainly opt for WP.
Naming Your Baby:
Once you’ve found a home, you’ll need a name for your new little bundle of joy. The meaning is pretty questionable. You want something short, memorable & memorable. I had the audacity to call myself The Londoner, even though I only lived here for about 6 months when I started. It’s your own little piece of the internet, call it what you want! To give you an idea, here are the most popular lifestyle blogs in the UK according to Bloglovin:
Name your blog for you, your pet, your favorite food …. whatever you want. Just make sure no one else has caught it first.
Now you will need to get your plan of the internet. looking pretty for visitors. In my opinion, your personality should show through your content. I like a nice, clean, simple blog. No annoying backgrounds or flashy, glittering parts …. but that’s my feeling. Many really great blogs have bright colors, backgrounds, music, bells & whistles. I guess it’s the personal taste. Try to be objective and do something that you would like to stumble upon yourself. Kenza is one of the biggest bloggers out there. When you go to her blog, you are greeted with a huge picture of her ….
I would say, do whatever makes you happy, but make sure it’s easy to navigate & you have an easy-to-read font.
Even if you blog about your little family outing to the beach for the sake of your cousins & no one else will ever read it …. social buttons are worth it. Just as people „like“ your cat’s photo, so it’s nice to be able to „like“ your new blog post.
If you have big blog ambitions, social buttons are absolutely essential. People are lazy and forgetting to like / tweet / pin, unless you give them a nice simple push-button. It’s just a little work for you and saves you a lot of work.
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New technology provides hope for sleep apnea patients
Sleep research continues to find new ways to help patients with obstructive sleep apnea. Apnea, which is likely to be a palsy or blocked airway, is one of several conditions that can deprive sufferers of restful sleep and, if left untreated, can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity, and diabetes ,
A new treatment involves an airway stimulation device, similar to a pacemaker, implanted in the patient’s chest. The patient turns on the device when he goes to bed, and delivers a mild pulse to the tongue and throat to maintain airflow. The device has been referred to as a „breakthrough“ for patients with sleep apnea who have failed other treatments.
New technology could help to ensure the safety of firefighters.
When fighting outdoor fires, firefighters can track each other with GPS and the radios stay connected. But when they move into a steel and concrete building, these technologies become unreliable.
A research team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, has developed a tracking system that could improve the safety of firefighters. The system, called POINTER (Precision Outdoor and Indoor Navigation and Tracking for Emergency Responders), uses electromagnetic fields. These „quasistatic“ fields have short ranges – just a few hundred meters – but offer increased non-visibility.
A locator emitting a quasi-static field can tell a receiver where it is in space and in which direction it is pointing. It could tell a team leader if a fireman crawls on the floor or is stationary, face down on the floor – suggesting that person has stopped moving.
In addition to first responders, the need for this technology also includes industrial, military and space applications.
New technology turns CO2 into baking soda
A breakthrough has been made in turning harmful CO2 emissions into something useful. At a thermal power plant in southern India, a new technology for removing carbon dioxide from the earth and converting it into baking soda has been introduced.
Tuticorin Alkali Chemicals, which operates the plant, plans to convert 60,000 tonnes of CO2 per year into soda or baking soda. The emissions from the chimney of the power plant boiler are collected and mixed with rock salt to ash soda – a chemical that plays an important role in glass, sweeteners, detergents and paper products as well as food.
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