It’s amazing … mind-boggling if you will … how much has to be done behind the scenes for teachers to see success in their classrooms.
I told my lovely lady-in-waiting early in the school year that she wouldn’t see me very often in the spring semester because of all I have to do wearing the multitude of hats I’m blessed with. I don’t think she believed me until the week I was out of the classroom, but still on campus, for three straight days.
Not to inflate what I do, but being a non-traditional teacher and the campus coordinator for special education services … not to mention the campus grant activity project manager … makes for very long, exhausting, workweeks. I often wonder if my colleagues wonder why I come in early and leave late every single day. I mean, what is there to do? Every time they walk by my classroom door, there aren’t any students in my room.
Yeah, I hear that a lot. And it hurts.
My lady-in-waiting tells me that our colleagues ask her if she gets bored because there are never any students and why she was assigned to work with me in the first place. She doesn’t tell me this to hurt my feelings. She’s sharing her hurt with me.
She and I support 32 teachers and we aren’t always privy to what they are doing in class, meaning we spend a good majority of our time prepping material for two grade levels, four core subjects, from four teachers in each grade & subject “just in case” someone is going to come in and need help. What’s worse is I rarely know when I’m going to have students come down to my room or the specific assignments that they need to have “re-taught” to them.
My PDAS evaluator is starting to stress because she still hasn’t done my observation this year. She’s come by on several occasions when I have had students in the room testing. She said to call her when I’ve got kids in the room that I’m teaching. When I’ve called to tell her this, she’s been in meetings. Really, the PDAS evaluation is the least of my concerns. I know she needs to get it done and, although I have always maintained a policy that anyone can come into my room and observe me at any time, it stresses me out because unlike my mainstream colleagues who teach all day long, I teach only when someone is sent to me that needs to be taught.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my job.
I just wish that rather than asking why my room is empty every time they walk by, my mainstream colleagues would take the time to stop and think about all I have to do on a daily basis in order to help the students we share be successful.