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What ruins the end of summer break for you? (An interactive vent)
Old 07-17-2020, 07:58 AM
 
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This is a vent/let it all out post. Just spill it out and feel better by the end.


What ruins the end of summer break for me?

1) Every year, in-service sessions begin the week before we return. I understand why it is done, but I'd rather attend meetings at the end of the school year. I don't want my last moment of freedom to be consumed by meetings. I can remember what was taught/discussed. I don't need it to be "fresh".

2) Having to choose between meetings/in-services because everything is scheduled during the same times.

3) Everything feels urgent. We never ease into a school year.


4) A new issue...zoom meetings (just tired of it)


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Old 07-17-2020, 08:14 AM
 
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I always know it is over when I get the "back to school" email with all of the report dates and the trainings for bloodborne pathogens arrives.

I got that today.
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We don't go back until August 18, but we already received a link to child abuse training!
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So they send out the videos one by one? We get a list and a deadline for completion.
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Old 07-17-2020, 09:32 AM
 
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This year- Uncertainty. I find myself working for free to try to get a handle on how to get kids learning when:

1. They can't see my face (mask).
2. Our classroom budgets have been reduced at a time when we'll need different stuff.
3. Useful/convenient electronic tools cost an arm and a leg that I don't have (Pear Deck premium 149 bucks!).
4. I've spent years finding ways to get kids and me out of our seats, and now I have to figure out ways for them to stay in their seats.
5. No leadership in our district seems to have considered the impact on delivery of lessons with the added anti-transmission protocols and the amount of time they will take.

Normally- getting the letter and e-trainings requirements.


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Old 07-17-2020, 10:21 AM
 
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Ugh, the stupid ELN videos that everyone has to do about bloodborne pathogens, child abuse, etc.

The stream of emails from my P (AP, whoever) about the list of to-do's, to-don'ts and everything in between.
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Old 07-17-2020, 11:09 AM
 
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This year should be interesting. All online, new principal... Can't wait to read the first email from her!
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Old 07-17-2020, 11:18 AM
 
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Usually an email about something stressful. Last year I was annoyed because P originally said I didn't have to go to some extra training and then suddenly I was on the list to go. The year before, we'd changed a child's placement to a self-contained room in another school the spring before, and then the parent was claiming she wasn't going to send the child there once school started. It's always something.

My district started doing all of those online video things once per month instead of sending like 10 at once. They send out the link and you have 30 days to finish it. I haven't watched the videos in years and years. I just take the test right away and it takes me 2 minutes.

This year with everything going on I can't say I've enjoyed summer at all. I live alone so this whole situation has been very tough. I did at least have one fun week when I had a friend visiting. I've signed up for a couple of district/school committees just for something to do, honestly. On principle I strongly disagree with working for free, so I hemmed and hawed for a long time, but in reality I actually looking forward to having a scheduled thing to do and people to talk to. Part of me wants to go back to school just so I can interact with people again. The other part of me realizes it's going to be awful (masks all day, ridiculous precautions, increased severe behaviors I'm sure, nutty parents, etc.) and that I will probably long for days of nothing to do but internet/TV.
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Old 07-17-2020, 11:42 AM
 
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the back to school sales
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I didn't realize there was already a vent post. I should've read through the threads first.


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Old 07-17-2020, 03:29 PM
 
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Back to school sales (seeing them in the store).

Fall items in stock.

Beg. of year training (all the videos we have to watch before the year even begins).

Coworkers e-mailing about school related items the last 2 weeks of July.
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Every summer...I start with a
Old 07-17-2020, 07:14 PM
 
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Back to school nightmare...that seems to be the true indicator that school is starting!
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Old 07-18-2020, 03:07 AM
 
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Iím retired now but I always hated meetings and in-services the week before kids returned. All teachers want to do is have undisturbed time to work in their rooms and get everything ready to start a new year.
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cognitive overload
Old 07-20-2020, 01:24 PM
 
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I remember being excited to return back to school only to be burnt out, mentally exhausted, and plum brain dead from all the information overload and new procedures and expectations dumped on us immediately before the students arrived . This profession definitely has its own definition of "energizing " and "motivating" teachers.

And yes Zipline having to sit through all those great motivational speakers who were actually preventing me from getting ready!
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Cognitive overload
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Totally agree...I need to add that to my list
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