Monday, September 26, 2011
THE GRASS IS NOT GREENER!
I was so excited when I was told I get a 75 minute prep period every day and I only teach one subject.
Oh, but wait....I actually teach 1, 6th grade class and 2, 7th grade classes so I have to prep for two subjects, since they are not learning the same processes....
Oh, but wait....one of the 7th grade classes is accelerated and one is below average so they are never at the same place at the same time....so can that be considered a third.
Oh, but wait...then I am also the adviser for yearbook. So I have to prep for that too.
Oh, but wait....two days a week it's only 30 minutes of prep because of Professional Development meetings. So I actually get three...which is still great...
Oh, but wait....I usually call at least 5 parents during that prep period....So I actually get two.
At least one of my 1/2 hour lunch breaks is sucked up by a grade level meeting.
So, is it any wonder why, I get to work around 6:15 a.m., work while I eat lunch, stay for 45 minutes after kids leave for the day and still take stuff home to finish.
It can be really discouraging when you do all this work and then don't feel support from parents.
I thought I would be working with more mature kids in middle school. I thought it would be great to focus on one subject. I didn't realize that some teachers in other subjects drop the ball and don't follow through. I don't feel as connected to the kids since I don't have them all day. We have great resources, like agendas, but when the teachers don't use them and parents don't sign them, they are rather useless. I also don't have free time or recess, to hold over the kids heads, if they don't do their work. I'm certainly learning a lot, but I'm really missing elementary school.