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  • Here's what I said to Trustees about Class Size and Composition. | Paul Steer
    preference of many working in Delta As has been correctly observed Politics should serve pedagogy and not the other way round Delta teachers appreciate this emphasis on teaching I ll quote an aphorism from the realm of business which might apply Always keep the main thing the main thing In a public school district it is always learning student learning primarily not money numbers not public relations that must always be kept the main thing I ll admit that our presence here this evening is political we are doing our best to persuade you to see things our way but this is because Delta teachers are most interested in doing the best teaching job possible Delta teachers know that by investing in better resources staffing and services to students and with teachers and the district advocating together knowing that we cannot do everything alone we can see real improvements With that in mind we have three suggestions for Trustees that we hope you will bind to your hearts with hoops of steel 1 We want Trustees to join with us in seeking a restoration of class size limits that allow teachers to give every child more individual attention 2 We want to see Trustees lobby for increased capacity within the system to give students access to more timely assessments 3 And we want Trustees to provide more learning specialist teachers in every school so all students can have full access to counselors teacher librarians and other supportive professionals In Delta District Staff do a creditable job of organizing classes to keep as many as possible under 30 but please remember that before 2002 when our local contract provisions were deliberately stripped by government things were much better In general province wide class composition continues to be less than satisfactory A teacher contacted me last week to describe the situation in her classroom this year Hi Paul Just wanted to let you know that I am over my number of tagged students in my 3 4 class I ve got 5 children with tags in a class of 20 Thanks This skilled and very experienced Delta teacher wanted to convey the reality of her classroom It s a classroom that has only 20 students but 25 of those students have been identified as having Ministry of Education Special Needs designations often these are referred to as Ministry tags which I will admit does not create the most respectful mental image But this teacher s motive in contacting the union was not to rock the boat or to make waves I should keep a tally of how many times I ve heard those two phrases but to let someone in this case her union president know that things in her classroom are not as they should be This teacher wants to optimize the learning conditions for her students But there is an incapacity within the system that limits her ability to fully respond to those students needs There is also provincial legislation

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  • There's No Tomorrow | Paul Steer
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  • There's No Tomorrow | Paul Steer
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  • There's No Tomorrow | Paul Steer
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  • Premier Christy Clark, not teachers, needs a 'reality check' | Paul Steer
    province wide strike has begun Teachers will be refusing to perform an array of non teaching administrative paper and procedure oriented tasks in Phase I However teachers will continue to demonstrate their genuine commitment to students their families and the community as a whole by focusing on the learning needs of students and the extra curricular activities that students and teachers enjoy Teachers historic commitment to public education and learning is genuine continuing and real Despite some of the negative commentary that is sometimes printed or broadcast e g The Delta Optimist August 12th Veldhuis Cowley Teachers need a reality check teachers remain intensely committed to teaching loyal to their employer and protective of the best interests of their students In the early 1970 s Delta witnessed an unprecedented explosion in support for public education buildings teachers support staff educational program and resource supports of all kinds Visit any Delta school to read the commemorative brass plaques with the names of the distinguished Ministers of Education and other provincial and local dignitaries who attended these celebratory events I m sure the archives of The Delta Optimist contain many examples of the congratulatory speeches that were made at the opening ceremonies of yet another public school in Delta Rightly our community took great pride in opening staffing and equipping schools But in every year since 2001 the government has deliberately cut public school funding by at least 275 million a year Last Friday Premier Christy Clark and the Minister of Education George Abbott came to Delta for a staged invitees only media event at South Park Elementary School The premier announced 8 million in funding for school playgrounds throughout British Columbia 8 million seems like a lot but this is a trivial sum in contrast to the hundreds of millions that

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  • Premier Christy Clark, not teachers, needs a 'reality check' | Paul Steer
    wide strike has begun Teachers will be refusing to perform an array of non teaching administrative paper and procedure oriented tasks in Phase I However teachers will continue to demonstrate their genuine commitment to students their families and the community as a whole by focusing on the learning needs of students and the extra curricular activities that students and teachers enjoy Teachers historic commitment to public education and learning is genuine continuing and real Despite some of the negative commentary that is sometimes printed or broadcast e g The Delta Optimist August 12th Veldhuis Cowley Teachers need a reality check teachers remain intensely committed to teaching loyal to their employer and protective of the best interests of their students In the early 1970 s Delta witnessed an unprecedented explosion in support for public education buildings teachers support staff educational program and resource supports of all kinds Visit any Delta school to read the commemorative brass plaques with the names of the distinguished Ministers of Education and other provincial and local dignitaries who attended these celebratory events I m sure the archives of The Delta Optimist contain many examples of the congratulatory speeches that were made at the opening ceremonies of yet another public school in Delta Rightly our community took great pride in opening staffing and equipping schools But in every year since 2001 the government has deliberately cut public school funding by at least 275 million a year Last Friday Premier Christy Clark and the Minister of Education George Abbott came to Delta for a staged invitees only media event at South Park Elementary School The premier announced 8 million in funding for school playgrounds throughout British Columbia 8 million seems like a lot but this is a trivial sum in contrast to the hundreds of millions that have

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  • Premier Christy Clark, not teachers, needs a 'reality check' | Paul Steer
    wide strike has begun Teachers will be refusing to perform an array of non teaching administrative paper and procedure oriented tasks in Phase I However teachers will continue to demonstrate their genuine commitment to students their families and the community as a whole by focusing on the learning needs of students and the extra curricular activities that students and teachers enjoy Teachers historic commitment to public education and learning is genuine continuing and real Despite some of the negative commentary that is sometimes printed or broadcast e g The Delta Optimist August 12th Veldhuis Cowley Teachers need a reality check teachers remain intensely committed to teaching loyal to their employer and protective of the best interests of their students In the early 1970 s Delta witnessed an unprecedented explosion in support for public education buildings teachers support staff educational program and resource supports of all kinds Visit any Delta school to read the commemorative brass plaques with the names of the distinguished Ministers of Education and other provincial and local dignitaries who attended these celebratory events I m sure the archives of The Delta Optimist contain many examples of the congratulatory speeches that were made at the opening ceremonies of yet another public school in Delta Rightly our community took great pride in opening staffing and equipping schools But in every year since 2001 the government has deliberately cut public school funding by at least 275 million a year Last Friday Premier Christy Clark and the Minister of Education George Abbott came to Delta for a staged invitees only media event at South Park Elementary School The premier announced 8 million in funding for school playgrounds throughout British Columbia 8 million seems like a lot but this is a trivial sum in contrast to the hundreds of millions that have

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  • Why the BCTF needs a strong "Yes" vote | Paul Steer
    Paul Steer on Facebook Navigation Recent posts Calendar December S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 User login Username Password Create new account Request new password Home Why the BCTF needs a strong Yes vote If you believe as

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