I haven’t been around here, much, have I? FB (damn you FB!!!) takes up much of my time. And since Christmas, I’ve been busting my ass at work. I was grade-level chair this year, and two of the teachers on my level went out with serious illnesses. Each class went through six or seven substitutes. Because of some asinine decision that only a person with a degree in education can take a long-term sub assignment. Which means there may be a very good sub who could implement all the curriculum in an effective manner couldn’t take the sub assignment because she didn’t have a degree in education. And they only make like $68 a day, even with a degree. Long story short, we had a retired teacher take one class, and another freshly graduated person take the other class. The retired teacher did a fantastic job. I’ve worked with her before and she is a very student-oriented person. She brought that class from the brink of chaos. The other sub…she believed that repeatedly saying, ‘Now, class, that’s not a good idea. We need to settle down. You don’t want to get in trouble, do you?” I talked to the sub, other second grade teachers talked to the sub, the principal talked to the sub about being more structured and firm. She espoused the ‘touchy-feel-good’ approach. She had ‘found’ it to be more successful (like she’d actually had any teaching experience before that!!!!) All the while her students are literally running around barefoot and screaming and pushing and shoving. And she was the best long-term sub we could get. There are several parents not returning to the school because of her.
It was maddening. And while all that was going on, I was having to the paperwork on my class and these two other classes. I even went in to the assistant principal’s office demanding that I get a higher ranking on my evaluation because of the demands made on my time. (I shouldn’t have had to ask, dammit, but I was getting it, one way or another.)
Anyway…if I was a parent, I would be so pissed. The second class especially suffered. They did not get an effective education this year. Everything after Christmas was a disservice to them. Yes, I think Umbridge should have done more, but the only other choice would have been to dismiss the sub and divide the class into the other classrooms. I honestly do not know why she didn’t do that…unless we were too close to the state-mandated class size limit. But how the hell do they expect a degreed person to step into a job for only $68 a day??? That’s only $9 an hour!!! Hell, I was making $90 a day subbing in California back in the early 90s.
But it’s all about putting the money into the testing aspect of education. Geez, I wish I didn’t have so many years left till retirement. I love working with the kids. I’m already planning what to do with specific students I know I’ll get next year. I’ll be working a good bit this summer preparing materials to go with the new reading series. I’ll be going to at least a week’s worth of workshops without pay (because they’ve cut ‘stipends’..we instead get ‘points’ to go towards our re-certification…which we have to pay for out of our own pockets, too). I’m totally frustrated in so many ways. I’m very tempted to find another job. Get my daughter through college (three more years) and find something else. Hell, the retirement won’t be there anyway, so why stay and suffer through the indignities of not being treated like a professional???
Well, we get a new principal next year. Bide my time, see how it goes, I guess. Just don’t know what else I would do. A job that stays at the office would be nice…