As women (or men who step up to the plate) we have this innate ability to take on whatever is brought to our attention. As mothers we take our role of nurturing to encompass all things. As teachers we do NO LESS…
Teachers are one of the most underrepresented group of people in an industry that is so powerful. Coming from Corporate America I know that if the public really knew what has become of education they would be appalled. The majority of teachers will just take on more and more and don’t speak up because of their deep sense of purpose and mission that is to teach young minds. Administrators take advantage of this. The face that is presented to the public (PR) is whatever they want people to see and what sounds good even if it is not logical or an actual action plan has been implemented. It is just dumped on the teacher to “Make it Happen.”
Resources are either not available or if present teachers are not properly trained on how to implement. Classroom management, curriculum…you went to college so let’s see you take a student who is reading two years below grade level read on-level in 187 days. Or take the kid who is being abused daily and make them want to come to school, work, learn and be happy. Wait, what about the child who is given every electronic device on the planet, plays “M Rated” games, involved in three sports and has no responsibility at home. This child is reading on grade level or above so what’s the problem?
Now, let’s take a school full of teachers with the students above in their classes, mix in an administrator who is narcissistic, or is a “parent-pleaser”, or has no idea about curriculum and classroom instruction, or just on a power trip and you get a lot of crying, overeating, drinking, long weekends working, late nights at school…and this “dream job” becomes not so dreamy anymore.
So, after years of trying to fight for and stand-up for teachers I did what any normal human being would do–I QUIT. But, not in that I walked away. I accepted a part-time position as an instructional coach to give me the time to provide Real Coaching to all of those teachers. Even though it was in my job description I rarely got the chance to do it. I was busy pulling kids to try to “do a quick fix.”
Now I hope to spend my time to help teachers Take Back Teaching! I truly believe that it can be a wonderful occupation-the way it used to be with a few tweaks! But teachers need to have the support, knowledge and coaching to make it happen.
Step 1: Join a Union. UEA United Educators Association is my union of choice, but any union will give you more support than you have now.
Step 2: Learn your rights. READ your school districts policies, campus procedures and state educational agency policies. Think about the students and what you teach them. Ask questions, research…
Step 3: Seek an instructional/life coach or fellow teachers to discuss ways to change the things that drain you and are not making you happy.
If you identify with anything in this Blog, please contact me. I would love an opportunity to provide to you some “FREE Coaching.” How Coaching Works