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How many new things?
Old 11-10-2017, 06:35 AM
 
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I'm feeling stressed by the number of new, "important", things that have been added to our plates all at once:
1. new ELA adoptions
2. NGSS with no curriculum
3. new character ed program and lessons
4. new reporting system for behavior issues
5. new web site interface
6. new electronic grade book interface
7. new weekly assemblies
8. new grade level structure (changing classes)
9. electronic resources now controlled by central office
10. change in required ways to use Online programs
11. change in PD structure
12. new benefits platform
13. required hand-written positive notes to send home and a kid a week to "recognize" in writing (due every other week)
14. new administrative "coaching" walk-throughs
15. push to integrate engineering

That's all I can think of right now, but there's more..

What is new that you're dealing with?


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Every Wednesday my school has professional development, where they give us yet another thing we should be doing. As I'm sitting there, letting them spend my time for me, my list gets longer as my time gets shorter.

It's getting to the point where an 11.5 hour day isn't enough time anymore.
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Here's a suggestion:

Print up copies of your list with a brief explanation and send them to the superintendent, principal, assistant principal, district office program managers, etc. Be sure to mention how many hours some teachers spend working and ask how long they stay at work.

At your next staff meeting, have teachers prepared to address this issue with the principal. Be sure to mention how many hours some teachers spend working and ask how long he/she stays at work.

Tell them all that there's a limit to what any one person can be expected to do - and that limit has long been exceeded!

Send out the same list (with additions) to the same people every time another task is added. After doing this 3 times, send a copy to your local newspaper. Be sure not to identify yourself as the instigator!
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Here is my list

1. The NGSS with no resources
2. PBIS- means no discipline referrals
3. STEM
4. Project/Problem based learning
5. New gradebook software
6. Need to write new common assessments for new science curriculum for every unit
7. Equity Audits Classroom book study
8. New teacher evaluation system with a professional learning goal
9. Additional Thinking Thursday meetings
10. After school common assessment training
11. Documenting professional learning goal with dates and times of sessions attended for annual eval.
12. Detailed weekly lesson plans that must be posted by the door.
13. Clear VISIBLE learning targets + collected evidence of student learning
14. Academic contracts for all potential failing students + RTI referrals
I could keep writing......TGIF

I could keep going. Lol
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Thankfully we seem to be having a mellow year, and the only "big" new thing is a new standardized test we are piloting (and fighting ). But I think that's because we still aren't fully and successfully implementing the 10 new things we had thrown at us last year!

Do the minimum and some of these new things will blow over.


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I don't even want to think about/list everything out, but I will say that my school/district does this every single year. They change EVERYTHING. We are a high poverty district and they are constantly jumping on every new bandwagon hoping it will "fix" our kids .

Besides the fact that we're totally ignoring the fact that we can't fix their home lives...they don't give anything time to actually work! If we even have time to actually figure out whatever the new thing is in every subject at all, before there is any time to implement it with any sort of longevity/fidelity they're on to the next new thing. We have drastically changed pretty much everything (curriculum, learning structures, intervention structures, behavior structures, etc.) every single year in the 5 years I've been in the district.
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work/life balance
Old 11-11-2017, 07:48 AM
 
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Our admin team seems shocked at the low number of staff on our annual staff satisfaction survey who admit to having a poor work - life balance and low morale. The admins try to talk a good talk, but the truth is, all that is unmanageable if you are a common human being, a mere mortal. Paying $15 a semester towards the sunshine fund in order to wear jeans on Friday does not boost my morale or lessen my load.

Sheesh, get a clue!
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I try to be a conscientious employee and put effort into new initiatives, but it seems the harder I work the more work seems to come my way. I am overwhelmed with the sheer volume of responsibilities on my plate.

Whatís worse is that I look around at others who simply arenít pulling their weight and getting away with it. Our P does a crappy job of holding people accountable.

Iím at the point of considering a transfer or job change. This is nuts!
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