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Agreed. I haven't read these comments myself, but I know people are thinking them.

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Dzani 06-29-2020 05:26 PM

Oh, yeah... Students and their families were never told that we weren't allowed to talk to them.

Dzani 06-29-2020 05:23 PM

We were FORBIDDEN to have any contact with students--my district's idea of equity, since not all kids are able to reach us. We sent paper packets--not to exceed 2 pages including readings, examples, instructions, and rubric. One of those for the entire quarter. If they did nothing, the 3rd quarter grade just applied to the whole semester. If they did even a small fraction of the work, their grade had to be raised by an entire letter, even for those who had, like, 17%.

This was even the case for AP students... i mean, none of them had 17%, but they really, really needed to prepare for exams and still got 2 page packets. I wasn't allowed to direct them to the really good resources provided by the college board because... internet...equity. (Oh, and then I found out that they were accidentally sent inclusion class packets anyway. Or probably not accidentally, because the secretary is related to one of them and is always trying to get her out of doing work that the kid actually wants to do...)

And yet, administration was very clear about their policy that we were still on contract and had to be able to get there within half an hour if called upon for any reason during contact hours. Or use leave. Living in the middle of nowhere with evening and weekend lockdowns for a good portion of the time, this meant that some folks actually had to fill out leave slips to go to the store.

We were getting paid for nothing, okay, but it was no vacation.

Mshope 06-15-2020 05:52 PM

I am a homebody and someone who is big into technology and I hated the online teaching. It was so depressing. We had barely any student interaction and everything was a chore. I really felt more drained mentally than I usually do physically. It's ironic because at first I was like, "I got this." Nope. No, didn't have anything...On top of the stress, was the sadness. It was not a vacation at all.

VivianCP 06-11-2020 05:34 PM

I haven't seen a lot of rude posts like that but every time this comes up in person, I tell people I am working twice as hard as normal! DH can definitely corroborate that. I even had to tell my sister. Not that she said anything rudely, just that people have NO IDEA!

eeza 06-11-2020 08:19 AM

People on my nextdoor and on my town's FB page were most definitely asking if they were going to get a refund on their property taxes since schools were closed
From their perspective, I don't think this is an unreasonable question to ask. They were told that their child would be IN school a certain number of hours a week and getting a certain type of education (i.e., direct instruction from a teacher, PE, music, social time with friends, SPED minutes, etc.). Now the instruction is all virtual and a lot of them see themselves as taking over the role of teacher. That is not what they were told their property taxes would pay for.

I am not saying that they are 100% right, but it makes sense why they would ask this, especially since we all know that many of the kids aren't even doing the virtual learning.
jazzer 06-11-2020 07:50 AM

Yes. All teachers have worked very hard during this time. I on the other hand am one of those who would deserve to have her salary taken away.

I am a teaching assistant. The district could not figure out what to do with us during the unprecedented time so we ended up doing a lot of professional development. Eventually, some assistants were able to attend teacher’s daily zoom well check meetings and comment on student work on Seesaw. I was not one of them because my help was not needed. Assistants were only required to work 2 and a half hours per day from April 20th through June 2nd. Before that, we worked five hours a day the week of March 16-20th and bits and pieces during the weeks in between. We still got paid our full salary which of course is nothing compared to what teachers make.

I am glad that I no longer own my music education business, or teach band and music and theatre like I used to. That would have been a disaster trying to figure out how to do some of that online.

LoveMyNature 06-10-2020 10:54 PM

Do these people not realize many of us are parents trying to do the same thing???

My dh has to work full time. I have to plan, prepare, record lessons as well as communicate and give feedback to students.

My sons have zoom meetings I have to attend, two of which are therapy sessions for preschool.

Hello! I’m a parent too!!!!

Haley23 06-10-2020 10:26 PM

People on my nextdoor and on my town's FB page were most definitely asking if they were going to get a refund on their property taxes since schools were closed . And asking if they could get part of the teacher's salary since they were "homeschooling" and why teachers were still getting paid full salaries if they weren't sitting in front of zoom teaching for 8 hours per day.

tia 06-10-2020 09:38 PM

i've had neighbors and grocery store workers say similar things to me. i just sighed/rolled my eyes internally and then said, "actually, i've been working harder than normal--i have had to learn a lot of technology and have had to make many projects for students." people really have no clue--teachable moments!

Tiamat 06-10-2020 04:57 PM

I had this argument with my son on the weekend. As he and his wife are essential workers, his son has continued at school through this, and so he hasn't seen the online work and prepared packs that have been going home. Kiddo leaves his pack at school and worked on it there, before we went back to normal a couple of weeks ago. I set him straight fairly firmly.

EllyTeaches 06-10-2020 03:39 PM

Agreed. I haven't read these comments myself, but I know people are thinking them.

Violet123 06-10-2020 01:56 PM

So.. here I am again venting frustration. But if I read one more comment from someone who is NOT a teacher claiming that since the closure we have been on a “break” I’m going to scream! They have no idea what this has been like for teachers.. I put in more hours now than I did before. This has been so much more stressful than a regular school year.
Not to mention that my “summer off” will be teaching remote summer school and planning for the “hybrid” model that won’t work and then I will have to change everything again...ugh..if you are not in education..shut your mouth!! The End
Thank you PT friends!! I got your backs!

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