Dear administration...

I understand that our district is going through some trying times right now and that things needed to be done to get one of our schools to meet the annual yearly progress required by the federal government, but did you seriously have to put ALL of the schools on this side of the school district under this curriculum at this time?  You say that you wanted to boost teacher morale by giving us time to collaborate and work on stuff during the day so we can have more personal time.  That's great, in theory, but how can I have personal time when I am eating, breathing, and sleeping the scripted curriculum you spent a ton of money on just to keep my head above water and how can I feel like an effective teacher when I'm following lessons that do not account for gaps and I have to inform my students that there's a real possibility they may fail and it's not really their fault?


How can I have personal time when I'm having to read through lesson plans that are anywhere from 45-75 pages long?  How can I have personal time when I'm taking home a stack of papers to grade that may actually weigh five pounds (and no, I'm not exaggerating)?  How can I have personal time when the collaboration time you have given me before school cannot go to working on this curriculum or grading the 10-21 page tests that I am required to give because I have to either be working with students during tutorials or going to pointless meetings with my mentee or grade level teachers?  How can I have personal time when I also have to go to a jillion meetings AFTER hours or when I'm having to offer extra tutorials to those students who cannot make it between 7:45 and 8:30 because they have to take care of their siblings and get them off to school first because the elementary schools start earlier than the secondary schools?


And how can I feel like an effective teacher when you can't even decided if we're supposed to use this curriculum as a guide or if we're supposed to follow these lesson plans word for word (which, by the way, is absolutely NOT the way you're supposed to use the curriculum, as other districts and people who've worked on it have told us)?  How can I feel like an effective teacher if I can't even reteach concepts that my students aren't getting?  How can I feel like an effective teacher when I look at how absolutely, utterly RIDICULOUS these unit tests are that are supposed to be taken within one day, and I see the frustration on their faces as they try their hardest?  How can I feel like an effective teacher when you're telling me to be a robot?


Phew!  I think I'm done...for now...

Posted on November 9, 2012 at 8:02 am
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I'm so sorry...that sounds awful. :( My friend is a high school teacher and she tells me some stuff that and it just sounds so frustrating! Teachers really need to get more credit or more money!!

Posted on November 12, 2012 at 2:31 am

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