Teachers are stressed with the unrealistic expectations that are placed on them. Then we are observed and told that we are not meeting the unrealistic expectations.
In my state, the observation tool was used with teachers ranging from PreK to 12th grade. I taught first grade and some of the requirements were not obtainable, thus leading to a lower score.
The harder you work, the more responsibilities are placed on you. I was volun-told the grade level leader position for several years. This came with several additional hours and responsibilities, with no extra pay. All the while other teachers did not ever have additional duties.
Each year, it seemed like the students were catching on to the failing discipline in the school system. Students were not disciplined for their behaviors. Behaviors escalated because no consequences were given.
After sending a student to the office for throwing objects at me, she went to the office and played games on an iPad. When she come back to the classroom, smiled and told me all about the game she played.
After a student repeatedly refused to do his work in class, he was sent back to class with a decorative pencil with an eraser top. He returned to class and said, “You sent me to the office and I got a reward.” Then started laughing hysterically. He still refused to do his work.
These discipline practices happened at both schools that I taught at. In fact, these practices are happening throughout our country. We are not holding our children responsible for their actions. I fear that this will eventually lead to more crime when they become adults.
Along with the rise in discipline issues, came the students falling behind. If you are having to spend half your time trying to discipline, this is taking away from the other students. I spent countless hours (even during breaks) trying to research teaching strategies that would help my students.
Year after year, I would be given the “low” students and even the behavioral students. My last year teaching, I was given a class of documented behavioral students because “I know you can handle them.” When I found that they were also low academically, I approached my admin again. I was told, “If you can’t get them to read, no one can. Take it as a compliment.”
My role in education isn’t over. I continue to create fun and engaging resources. I am committed to helping other educators save time and relieve stress.