agree we would like to make more, what I never hear about is our salaries either, most times it’s the actions of other adults that make teachers feel that way. In my case it’s district staff and the administration, who are telling me to do things they never had to nor will ever have to do, greatly increasing my work load and they are doing so with a smile and without an explanation .
disabled children, well except for the few violent kids they sprinkle in
because they don’t know what to do with them.
collect daily data on the students IEP goals. ESE students have what are called
individual education plans that have goals students are supposed to be working
forever, but they want us to use this new system, Dsctop.
service providers (speech pathologists, Occupational therapists, etc) who I have spoken to who have
been required to use it for the last few years, which have
said it ranges from, nightmare to soul crushing.
they talked to the district they seemed very confused. Chris, they said, the
district reports it being very easy to do, after the initial set up, which they
admit can be a lengthy process, it should only take five minutes a
long it took them to daily input their data, they invariably said, an hour. Now
we will have different goals to enter, but I have eleven kids on my caseload
all of which have at least 5 goals.
What am I going to do when IEP writing season starts, or testing season starts (my kids are give their tests individual and learning literally grinds to a halt for weeks, or addendum ESY season starts because the district can’t tell us when ESY is. Times when I barely have enough time in the day
to think let alone teach.
contract in many ways. It adds new paper work, it forces us to create a data
notebook, it wasn’t brought to the union, and I must say I think the district
was straight up lying about how long it’s going to take (I could be wrong) which greatly increases my workload. One service provider said to me when I asked about the difference
between what they did (an hour a day on dsktop) and what the district said we would be doing (5-10 minutes) and they said, well they don’t have to do it, so they probably don’t have a clue.
it, telling those that do how easy it is?
player, when it got back to them that I told the union teachers (I am the union rep at my school), I had no plans
to do Dsktop, until the union got back to me. I pointed out that in this instance the teachers needed a zealous advocate more than a team player.
others concerns, okay that last part was just implied not said.
and its not even the end of week three, and not because of anything my kids did,
but because of what adults, adults who are telling me to do things they won’t
have to do, did.
When will the powers that be realize that if they continue
to violate the contract, put yokes on the backs of teachers and make them hate
their jobs, there will be significant repercussions, when will they care?