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Old 04-25-2018, 03:31 PM
 
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There are 36 days of school left. These are super busy days with our class trip, field day, end of the year testing, end of the year party, plus day-to-day teaching. There's really not a minute of time to spare.

Our assistant principal got the bright idea that we're going to cram a book study into these last 36 days. Well, actually it will be less than 36 days because we have to choose the book first and then order enough copies for everyone. It is going to be about something that is being implemented next year. I will not be in this school or even this state next school year so I really don't give a rat's behind about it (I know that's not the nicest way to put it but this time of year is stressful enough as is and I'm annoyed). In addition to planning things for my classroom, I am also trying to find a job in my home state, packing, preparing for a move to another state, and running a household so I am not sure where I am supposed to fit this in. Pennsylvania teaching job applications take forever to do and that is more important to me right now than this book. My move also happens less than 2 weeks after school ends so it's not like I can wait until school is over to do anything especially since 5 of those days will be spent in PA getting even more things ready.

The teacher next door made a good point - why doesn't she assign this for the kindergarten teachers to read over the summer when there is more free time? Or better yet, why not do the book study in the fall so any new kindergarten teachers will have the training? Or why didn't she do this earlier in the year when we weren't having the end of the year rush?

In all honesty, I will probably not read the book. I may skim it so I can BS something if I am asked about it but there are just not enough hours in the day for me to do a book study right now. If it was January, it would probably be a different story. We have already had two trainings on this and have to miss two more days teaching for even more trainings on it so I'm not really sure what else we will learn from the book. I know I probably sound undedicated right now but it is just not the right time for this.


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"so what should we NOT do so we can do this?"

Cut a trip? Cancel a year end party? Cram a unit? Not to fun experiments and arts? Not practise on standardized testing,?

Some of these higher up people tend to forget what teaching is like soon as they get promoted.
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I also wouldn’t be doing it. That’s insane for any admin to think teachers have time to anything like that right now.
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I'd go with
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skimming the book and looking attentive during the trainings. It's a pain to have to add sub prep to an already heavy end of school teaching load along with trying to keep the family going, job search, and packing. Do what you can and give yourself credit for surviving.
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To what area in PA are you moving? Jobs are hard to come by here! Wishing you all the best in your move.


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You don't sound undedicated at all. You sound like you have a lot on your plate between school & your personal situation.

Your AP sounds like an idiot for thinking ANYONE wants to do a book study at the end of the year! Has this person ever been a classroom teacher?

Hang in there & good luck on finding a job in PA.

and BTW, I've gotten books from trainings at the beginning of the year that I never read!
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I'm moving back home to northeastern PA (Schuylkill County to be exact). I'm not sure if you're familiar with it but it's a pretty small, rural area. So far, I've found 5 jobs to apply for, one being my alma mater. I was hoping I would at least get an interview there especially since it was the superintendent's secretary who told me about the opening, but I haven't heard anything yet. I may be subbing come fall and while that will suck, it will at least be better than being away from my family and friends.
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Maybe he has an admin credential that he bought Online for 50 bucks. Yeah. Read the title and the contents page. Maybe read a paragraph or two in each chaper.

Then on your next interview you can talk about the current book you're reading.
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Old 04-25-2018, 06:40 PM
 
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The teacher next door made a good point - why doesn't she assign this for the kindergarten teachers to read over the summer when there is more free time? Or better yet, why not do the book study in the fall so any new kindergarten teachers will have the training? Or why didn't she do this earlier in the year when we weren't having the end of the year rush?
Because that would be smart and make sense!!!!!!

It really makes me wonder how some people get their job!
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Old 04-25-2018, 08:34 PM
 
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It sounds like this may have been a professional goal your P during the year and now they have to cram it in before the EOY. Someone has pretty poor planning skills and you're paying the price for it.

I'd simply fake it. Get the book. Take a highlighter and randomly underline paragraphs. Sit in the PD discussions while you nod and smile. Toss the book on your way out the door.

Good luck with your move and end of the year activities.



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Old 04-25-2018, 11:37 PM
 
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At my last interview, I was asked about a professional book I last read...one of those ridiculous book studies FINALLY came in handy! “Actually, I’m currently reading....”
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Old 04-26-2018, 02:30 AM
 
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Renea has it pegged exactly right. Follow her advice.
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Old 04-26-2018, 06:41 AM
 
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We have 24 days left. During those days we have:
1. EOCs (End of Course Exams for the state)
2. Prom activities
3. Field trip
4. Field day
5. Road to the Revolution (all day activities)
6. Memorial Day (Military town all day activities)
7. Semester exams
8. Clean the rooms can not be done after school ends as construction is occuring
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Old 04-27-2018, 12:23 PM
 
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Wow! We are exactly the opposite. There is NOTHING going on. We have to come up with things to fill the void after all the testing and the kids are checked out.
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Renae is probably right.
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You P probably put it down as 1 of his goals this yr and is just now getting around to it or remembered. You have the right idea. Scan, nod, and pitch it after it is over. Good luck on your move!
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