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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Day 2 - At a loss for words

I worried all night about my lost kid only to find out he DID get on the right bus but the bus driver let him off at the wrong spot. Somehow this is my fault.

Today, I sent a kid to parent pickup per the tag on his backpack. He was lost for awhile as no parent came to pick him up. He was suppose to walk home. No note came from the office or parent. Thankfully he never left campus just was at the wrong pickup spot.

I would just like to point out I did not lose the child who showed up in my class today with no paperwork, no last name, no backpack, and no tag to tell me how she goes home. I asked her. And then sent her that direction. She got home perfectly fine. 

I was told that this is unacceptable. I have lost a child each day for the past two says. Yep this is also my fault. They called an emergency staff meeting to discuss this issue, I was not invited as I am not a teacher.  I will be informed tomorrow of what happens next.

I woke up at 4 am to make lesson plans. What sub wakes up at 4 am to make lesson plans? I got to school at 7:30 to clean my room for the day and to cool it off. My room is not authorized for air conditioning so when I arrive each day it is over 90 degrees inside. My room is not authorized for janitorial services or maintenance or pest control.

We had ants and a spider and a coach roach visit today. Did I mention one of my kids is deathly afraid of spiders? His scream was heard by several others who came running to see the issue and found him cowering in the corner while I cleaned up dead spider guts.

Shortly thereafter a woman appeared in my room and said she was to be in my class the entire day to observe the children. She just didn't know which child she was observing. Funny how she had a teacher observation sheet she was completing when she was observing the children.

She never left my side. She was suppose to go to lunch but surprisingly (NOT!) she was taken off of lunch early to meet with me. When she wasn't with me... the principal, speech therapist, and OT just suddenly happened to not be doing anything and were available to help.

Of course, that is when my kinders who had been doing so well suddenly completely forgot everything I taught them. And then the rest of the day was chaos. Complete chaos.

I cried when I got home. I am sore and tired and I don't want to move. AND I have had enough. I don't want to go back. Not ever. Not to this class or any other class. I am tired of being taken advantage of and disrespected.

I am a teacher not a babysitter.

It is not my fault if the attendance is not turned in by 9 am when I asked for a roster 4 times and did not get one until 2:30 pm. It is not my fault that the attendance turned in is missing the last names of 5 children. I do not know their last names. You should be thankful that I know all their first names after only 1 day.

I am tired of writing "lesson plans" that teach nothing. I am not allowed to teach anything specific. I have no rules (they got nixed first thing this morning). I have no discipline plan (I am not the teacher). I have no student information. I cannot send home notes with the students - even to tell the parents that they need to send in a snack each day for their child. I have no access to any curriculum materials.

So we read, we color, we sing songs, we redirect constantly, and then we start all over. Sometime this week, all the classes will be restructured and new kids will be sent into my room and others moved to another room.

So maybe I am not at a loss for words. I am tired, sore, and in tears.  THE END!

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At August 7, 2012 at 6:43 PM , Blogger Deanna said...

Know I am thinking of you and praying that your experiences get better when THEY finally figure everything out.
Think all night…..Teach all day

At August 7, 2012 at 6:46 PM , Blogger Ms. O said...

That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. I am so sorry you are going through so much ... ridiculousness! I am speechless. :/

At August 7, 2012 at 6:49 PM , Blogger Beth said...

This sounds awful!! I hope things work out for you...there's no way anyone should have to teach in this setting.
I'm thinking of you.
Thinking of Teaching

At August 7, 2012 at 6:50 PM , Blogger MLTeach said...

This is completely a reflection on your administration. I can't believe they would put you or the students in a situation like this. It is absurd! Just know that with supportive administration and co-workers having your own class will be a COMPLETELY different experience! This is in no way a reflection on you or what teaching typically is.

At August 7, 2012 at 6:58 PM , Blogger Lisa R. said...

You are in my thoughts & prayers! This school sounds ridiculous to me & it sounds like they want to do nothing but pass the buck. I truly hope that things get better for you.
Learning Is Something to Treasure

At August 7, 2012 at 7:05 PM , Blogger M said...

O dear!!! Misty. I have been there before darling. It is a very discouraging situation. Please understand and remember that this is not every school. You are being treated like a second class citizen and that isn't fair. You have three days to go. You have two options.
1. Hang in there! Plan games and practice of skills and story time and drawing. You can read a story and then ask the kids to draw a picture. You can play "sleeping lions" and make a colour wheel. You can roll the ball to each other and say how many letters are in your name. You can't teach "rules" so focus on "Social skills" We listen to our friends, we keep our hands to our selves, we say please and thank you.
2. Talk to your principal and the guidance officer and the people who are in the room. Tell them how you feel. Go and see the Principal and tell them that while you understand that you are only there for the week, that if they are not comfortable with you supervising the students, then the best person to be in the classroom with you is their new teacher. There is no reason you two can't work together. IF she is on campus than she should be telling you what rules she wants them to learn. She should also be talking to you about the routine she wants. Whether or not you are their "teacher" forever, you are capable of teaching routines and rules. Ask for some time to talk to the new teacher so you "can help her out."

Hopefully the principal will appreciate your mature and 'helpful' approach to the situation.
My argument would be, that if they have other people in the room supervising you supervising the children, than tell them to supervise the children themselves. I would bet you a thousand dollars that the principal would not be able to take care of kinders on his/ her own. i would also doubt that the guidance counselor would be able to do it either.

Misty, you are an amazing person. I can tell from your blog that you have an amazing enthusiasm and passion for children, learning and teaching. It will get you through. Don't be disheartened. All of your followers are on your side. We are hoping and praying for you. You can do this hon!

The next job for you... ring a beauty salon and book yourself in for a massage and a facial for Saturday. You are going to want it and need it! Also, you will have something to look forward to. :)

All my love and prayers
If you need anything! Feel free to email me.

At August 7, 2012 at 7:15 PM , Blogger Jen R. @ The Teachers' Cauldron said...

you poor thing!!!

I totally agree with what "M" to them...though I know it is hard to muster up that courage.

At August 7, 2012 at 7:19 PM , Blogger Yolanda said...

You are the right person for this situation. It's a tough situation. Your strength and courage is being challenged and you will become the better teacher for it. You are being refined for bigger and better things. Cry, pray, hang on, hold your head up high, and then cry a little more. God bless you and your work with these children.

At August 7, 2012 at 7:19 PM , Blogger Elisabeth said...

This stinks! I can't believe they ask you to help them out in a pinch and then treat you like this! Who asks someone to fill a spot on opening week and doesn't give them access to the stuff they need. I'm sorry hon! Praying tomorrow is better :)

Twins, Teaching and Tacos.

At August 7, 2012 at 7:37 PM , Blogger Corrina Allen said...

Illegitimi non carborundum!!!!

Mrs. Allen’s 5th Grade Files

At August 7, 2012 at 7:48 PM , Blogger Joliefl said...

I can't believe all that is happening! So crazy! You will be a better teacher for going through this. I am so glad you posted despite day number 2 being worse than yesterday.i thought about you today and was hopeful it would be better. Now you know why teachers need happy hour! Hang in there!

At August 7, 2012 at 8:20 PM , Blogger Melissa Ortuno said...

This is totally not ok for you or these kids. You are not a babysitter, you are a teacher and they are not letting you teach. If they have already hired another teacher and are going to treat you this way then Misty I think you have 2 options. Option 1 keep your head high and do some of the things M suggested above. Option 2, don't go back! This school has some serious issues and they want to blame you when they have tied your hands. You are too good for them! Just my humble 2 cents. Hugs and prayers

At August 7, 2012 at 8:33 PM , Blogger Miss Trayers said...

We had a similar classroom situation last year where we had an overflow class and the "fill-ins" had many of the same problems you are facing. It really is unfair that you have to deal with all this added stress.


At August 7, 2012 at 8:47 PM , Blogger Debbie said...

I am praying for you! This is a tough situation and you are a god send to these kids....they NEVER should have put you in this situation.....I would do what M suggested above....The problem is with the administration not you!

At August 7, 2012 at 9:19 PM , Blogger luckeyfrog said...

They cannot possibly be evaluating you on teaching if they are not allowing you to do any!

Are you allowed to show a movie? I hate to suggest it, but I'm not sure how else to fill all the time.

I think teaching 'social skills' is a good idea.

Sigh. This is so unfair to put you AND the kids under these restrictions. I wish they weren't around to observe so you could just TEACH!

Good luck, dear... Hoping it gets better for you!


At August 7, 2012 at 9:24 PM , Blogger April Walker said...

I'm so sorry for what you are going through. You are in my prayers. I know how hard you work.
The Idea Backpack

At August 7, 2012 at 9:30 PM , Blogger Mrs. Lundquist said...

Hugs! This is not how every school is! Do not give up on teaching. It sounds like a terrible situation. Hang in there!
Even seasoned teachers have issues with dismissal the first week! Especially kindergarten. :) Are the other teachers lending any support?!
I second the massage! You deserve it!

At August 7, 2012 at 9:36 PM , Blogger Barbara said...

Wow, that sounds crazy! I'm so sorry you're going through this. I hope it improves quickly for you.
Grade ONEderful
Ruby Slippers

At August 8, 2012 at 3:22 AM , Blogger Brenda said...


I will be praying for you as you wrap up this week! You are a talented and compassionate teacher. I hope that those in charge understand what they have asked of you. Children need structure as you well know. You are tired and exhausted from chasing chickens all day. May you find strength that you are not aware of. Somehow may the students you are "teaching" feel you love for them, because at the end of the day it is about the students not the administrators, teachers, or any of the staff. I pray that to day is a better day!

At August 8, 2012 at 4:46 AM , Blogger Ms. D said...

Hang in there! My first day student teaching my cooperating teacher was absent and the substitute had very few plans. It was awful as the kids seemed to get away with everything because neither of us knew what to do. It will get better in the long run! :) Keep smiling!

At August 8, 2012 at 7:18 AM , Blogger Mrs D said...

I'm not going to repeat what everyone else has already said, but know that I'm thinking of you. hugs!

At August 8, 2012 at 8:25 PM , Blogger Mrs D said...

I hope today was a better day, know that all these teachers here are praying or hoping for you. If you decided not to go back, that's fine because you were getting no support and no guidance, not even from the guidance teacher. But I hope you went back and tried your hardest to teach when you weren't allowed to teach, just to show those kids and the administration that you are made of strong stuff!

Please keep us posted on this and other teaching adventures this year!

Mrs.D Reading with Mrs. D


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