Once Upon a Time

I enjoyed my job.

I wrote this blog because I liked telling about my job.

Once upon a time……..

I’m not alone.

I follow 33 teacher blogs, many of them kindergarten

15 of them show no activity in the last 6 months

7  had 2 or less entries

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7 thoughts on “Once Upon a Time

  1. That’s interesting.

    I’d say teachers don’t blog because they don’t have the time or energy for it. Teachers are expected to do jobs that are next impossible to do. Higher expectations plus tougher assignments (more kids & needier kids) plus fewer resources. These add up to burnout by design. If you’re not called to teaching, well, I don’t know how you could do it.

    I do know that if policy makers gave something more useable than lip service to education, you’d see happier teachers.

    I know of no work more difficult to do well than teaching kindergarten……

    • I think you are right. I don’t feel that I have the energy, and I’m stressed. One of my collegues is a wonderful kindergarten teacher. I’m in awe of the job she does. This year she can hardly function. She is having a hard time reconcilling what she is being required to do with all of the assessments and the cookie cutter programs that we are expected to do, with her creativity and natural talents the way she wants to and it is really causing her stress. The title one schools in our district have full day kindergarten. The non-title schools are still half day. Some of our district half day teachers have 35 kids in the morning and another 35 in the afternoon. I can’t keep up with the Common Core with 29 whole day kids. I have NO idea how they do it.
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      But my friends that blogged don’t seem to be doing much of it anymore and I can’t help but wonder if it’s for the same reasons I have a hard time blogging.

    • So, are you still teaching? I look on your blog for some evidence, and I don’t know…….? I never thought I’d be looking as much forward to retirement as I am now…….. and I still have at least three years…..

      • Nope, not teaching this year. I was laid off at the end of the year. But, I really feel it’s been a blessing. I can’t tell you how my stress level has plummeted! Plus, since you’ve been checking the blog, you probably already know I went to Italy for a few weeks. I’ve been spending all my time with my beautiful niece, and loving every minute of it. I still don’t know what the hell I’m going to do with my life. I guess you’ll need to just keep checking in with my blog to keep up with my adventures. :P

  2. Although I see CC as yet another program with high expectations and little or no real support or financing there are still a few clear heads out here who are trying to do what is best for children. I too am struggling with more behavior problems, more special ed students, and more testing. But at least we still have small classes. Each of our K classes has 15-16 students and we seldom have more than 20 during any year. I pray it stays that way because I know what a difference that makes. I have friends with 32 in their classes in other districts. I don’t know how they manage to actually teach! I hope to teach five more years, and I will continue to blog, even though what I have to report isn’t always positive and uplifting. I hope your read my recent post, “Stupid is as stupid does…”.

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