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Old 06-18-2020, 06:05 PM
 
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Spent some time reading posts on The Vent. OMG!

Feel bad for all the teachers trying to figure out how to go back in a few months. I taught first grade for 25 years. Canít imagine how they could socially distance For more than 20 minutes. Canít imagine staying with my sweeties for whole day including lunchtime!


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Teachers have always been expected to perform magic but now days with this pandemic more than ever.

I don't understand how they can plan until they know what the district plan is however.

I am so glad I am retired. I know the younger teachers I used to work with will do a fabulous job but it will be more stressful than usual.
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Old 06-18-2020, 07:31 PM
 
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No kidding! I couldnít agree more. I believe good education has always been carried on the teacherís back. As if teachers need more! Now theyíll have to add new roles: babysitter, nurse, distance-police, and mask-enforcer.
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Challenging year ahead
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I'm still in daily contact with my former team partners. One is still in the same district in SoCal and the other is now working up in the San Francisco, CA area. They teach 2nd grade and 1st grade. They had just a very minimal amount of tech training with their students when they suddenly were all thrown into distance teaching. It has been very disheartening to hear of their struggles and frustrations while trying to let them vent, yet keeping them motivated and upbeat.

Now they are left hanging, not knowing what their districts' plans are for them. I've sent them some of the information others have shared here on PT to keep them informed of what is being considered in Calif. as well as in others states, but they still don't know what they will be doing with their next group of students

Whatever is decided for teachers with the younger students, it's going to be a real challenge regardless of the format the schools decide to use. As usual, most administrators will tell the teachers what needs to be done, but it will fall on the shoulders of the teachers to figure out the details to make it all work... and they will.
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Old 06-19-2020, 08:34 AM
 
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The legislature in my state just killed a teacher pay raise bill that was the campaign promise of many newly elected. Teachers are commenting on social media that they are just glad to still have a job. I wonder how glad most are going to be when they return to school to find out they have EVEN MORE jobs like social distance police, online AND in-person instruction, full time classroom janitor in addition to the intruder policing etc etc etc that has been added lately. Being grateful is one thing, but being taken advantage of is quite another.


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Old 06-19-2020, 09:18 AM
 
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Talked to my old teammates this week. They will have NO specials. The specialists...art, gym, library, music, etc will be assigned to help in classrooms. No lunch. Teachers must eat in classroom with the kids. No recess. Sounds crazy to me! Reading teachers will teach remotely from their rooms on computers.
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Old 06-19-2020, 10:04 AM
 
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In our state PE, Art, and Music are state mandated. Iíve wondered if they were going to do online classes with the classroom teacher as the primary teacher. I wonder if the academic coaches are going to have to go back into the classroom. So many questions.
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Old 06-19-2020, 10:27 AM
 
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So how are teachers going to get a bathroom break and prep time? I'm so glad I'm retired! I noticed a lot of people in my former district retired this year, including the Superintendent! I have a feeling this will push anyone close over the edge.
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Glad to be retired, too,
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especially during this time.
I have worked with some wonderful custodians, but I think that the really effective cleaning is one more job that will fall to teachers. And knowing some parents, if a child gets sick, the teacher will suffer.
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The role of the teacher has been totally turned upside down thanks to Covid-19. When I retired, the district was stressing collaboration, conferencing, cooperative learning, centers, and a workshop approach to learning. I can't see how a lot of that, if not all of it, will work with social distancing. Even the furniture in the classroom is affected, and so many other procedures and practices.

The worst is that schools in my state are still waiting for guidelines. It is difficult to plan if you don't know the parameters. I don't envy the staff and the administration. They have their work cut out for them.


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Old 06-20-2020, 03:11 AM
 
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I couldn't be more delighted to be retired than right now. Teaching is stressful enough without adding the extra layers of masks, social distancing, and a host of new procedures. I feel for the staff members who have to return in August.

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Old 06-20-2020, 12:45 PM
 
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Congratulations! Enjoy your freedom!
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Old 06-20-2020, 12:48 PM
 
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Very happy retiree! I can't imagine how teaching will look next year. So glad I don't have to!
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