Imagine that you're on vacation and your boss sends a message to your work email that only is received on your work-issued laptop reminding you to take some of your vacation time and spend it preparing for the project that's due as soon as you walk in the door.
There's always one teacher who gives work over break
fav(Ahh, I hate when people write long impassioned comments, but I've written and deleted this like 5 times in the last 6 weeks so...)
Since school started this year (really, since it ended abruptly in March), I've seen lots of praise for teachers, and the large majority of that praise is warranted. Good job and thank you!
But ya' know who's not getting any of the credit? The kids. They're also dealing with the same situation, learning in completely new ways, working outside the normal hours (and walls) of school, in programs they've never dealt with before.
And I don't see any of the same praise or understanding extended to them.
My kids' (excellent, competent) teachers make mistakes every single day. They post a broken link, an incorrect article, can't figure out why their screen all of a sudden won't share, thought they posted an assignment 10 days ago but it never went live, etc. Sometimes they realize, sometimes the students have to point it out to them, sometimes it's corrected, sometimes not, and the kids adapt and deal with it. That's understandable, it's bound to happen.
But when a student's internet blinks and they get kicked out, a mic or speaker goes out for a moment and they miss something important, or they submitted an assignment and it wasn't received on the teacher's end, there is no understanding, and no grace.
If you know me (and my husband, but moreso me haha), we take school, and accountability overall, pretty seriously. I'm not looking for a free pass. I'm looking for the same grace that's extended to teachers, to be extended to students.
If it's rough on you as an adult, try to imagine how hard the kids (little and big!) are working to keep up.
Make sure you submit the assignment on time.
But if you don't understand, wait and we'll review it in class.
But if it's not submitted on time, you'll lose points.
But if it's not all correct, you'll lose points.
I think every time you have to let a teacher know that an assignment has the wrong link, or is still locked, or has some issue that prevents everyone from doing it, you should get to 'bank' that, and exchange it if/when you have a problem submitting an assignment, submit a broken/incorrect link, or submit something (minimally) late.
Seems fair, right?
Vote for me for school board president.
(As if hahaha)
Who had "Teacher eating a sandwich while live teaching" on Virtual School Bingo?
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3" binders are really big. Unless you're compiling industrial chemical manuals or running a pharmaceutical clinical trial, it's probably overkill.
Someone who loves organization, but whoa
Substitute teacher-- taking away the afternoon snacktime of first graders who eat lunch at 11am is not the key to a peaceful rest of the day. Make them stay in their seats and eat in silence, sure, but I assure you that denying them food and drink will not make your afternoon any better. In fact, it will do exactly the opposite.
What's *really* going on in your child's school?
"Hmm, I think she's kinda' annoying, but I think most kids are annoying, so..."
Said the TEACHER and the MOM! Hahaha!
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