Very young class this year!

Community Leader
Registered: 07-16-2001
Very young class this year!
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Thu, 08-08-2013 - 10:54am
I looked up my kiddos' birthdays last night. Out of 17 kids, 12 of them won't have a birthday until March. By May 1, seven won't be 9 yet. I had a class like this one other year. It made a huge difference in maturity levels. I felt like I was teaching second graders until mid year!
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Registered: 12-04-2000
Sat, 08-10-2013 - 12:05pm

Another one of those issues that can't be avoided.We work with what we get. We talk all the time about individualized instruction but don't do it because of teaching to the test. This situation gives you a real reason to do some individualized activities and adapt to their level of maturity. More work for you but it's what we do to achieve success and keep our sanity. I know you will do what they need and do it well. Have a great year!

Sherry
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Registered: 08-23-1997
Sun, 08-11-2013 - 10:20am

Hi Sherry! Where are you this year? Are you returning to your job from last year? I'm still looking for work. I applied to 2 jobs that were just posted in the last 10 days. That's pretty late for here since school starts in about 2 weeks. I know one of them is due to an unexpected resignation because my dh knows the principal of the school. I have my fingers crossed for interviews but, I'm not holding my breath.

Community Leader
Registered: 07-16-2001
Sun, 08-11-2013 - 3:26pm

Yep- I had a class two years ago that was this young. The kids I had coming in the following year were the same age as the ones I'd sent on. Kind of strange. The lack of maturity in that class was obvious, especially among the boys. The second grade teachers told us we had some immature ones coming in. Now I know why.

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Registered: 12-04-2000
Mon, 08-12-2013 - 11:04pm

Done finished and over with it. I decided in the spring not to go back but waited to see if my feelings changed over the summer. They didn't.

I finished the basics that I was hired to do. They have a library and it is useful for fiction reading and some basic research. I started in a gym and moved last year to a portable, but it will never be more than that. The parents wanted a library more than the staff. The staff is only focused on teaching the test to raise scores. They made it clear that they do not want anything that takes away from that. They see library time as a distraction and refuse to do research or hands-on projects. The principal never actively supported anything we discussed when I was hired. Communication was almost impossible and I was expected to do it all by myself. I built a basic library but I couldn't create a real program without support or cooperation.  I just decided that it was time to do what I wanted when i wanted. I'm an educator and I was never going to be allowed to use my skills in that job. You can't do much when you have 20 minute periods, all the primary teachers think you should read a book every week, and many of the intermediate teachers never require their students to even come to the library.

I'm retired from education and looking forward to travel, reading good books, and relaxing. I will volunteer at the art museum and at my granddaughter's school. I might take some classes. I'm sure there will be other opportunities to come along, but I'm done with education as it exists today.

Good luck with your job hunt. Your turn has to come soon. Keep me informed.

Sherry 

Sherry
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Registered: 08-23-1997
Sun, 08-18-2013 - 10:29am

I'm sorry that you felt the need to retire. The world of education has lost an obviously dedicated person when you made this decision. Your story from last year sounds all too familiar. I hope that you enjoy your retirement. I'm too young to retire but old enough to feel my age might be a factor in my lingering unemployment.

I wish you the best and will be sure to post here when and if I ever get a permanent job.

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-04-2000
Sun, 08-18-2013 - 8:49pm

Thanks for your kind words. 

Education today is not about learning. It's about test taking and a library isn't seen as a need in the current environment.  With Common Core and teaching the test everyone is expected to do standardized instruction on the limited skills that are tested a specific way on the standardized tests. Who needs creative thinking, research and problem solving when the emphasis is on memorizing the way to pass the test? It's no fun to watch it all and see the stress and frustration that teachers feel.  The younger ones don't know any other way and see this futility as the norm. They are products of it!

I hope you find something soon and it is a position where your skills are wanted and valued.  Surely there are still a few administrators, schools and districts that value real learning, trust the creativity and experience of their educators, and support the teachers' goals and needs. I really hope so.

Keep us informed!

Sherry