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When Time Isn’t on Your Side

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Do administrators think there are more than 24 hours in the day of a teacher? Dennis Fermoyle of From the Trenches of Public Ed. finds himself pondering this question after receiving an edict from his high school’s administrative office requiring teachers to post all of their lesson plans online every day.

Yes, communication with parents is a wonderful thing, but you know what? The amount of time and effort I'm able to put into instruction matters, too. I want to be the best teacher I can, but in order to do that I need be given some latitude regarding the use of my time. I just wish citizens on school boards understood that.

We’re thinking Dennis might be in the market for a De Lorean.

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By posting the education production schedule for the day there is little danger that the random flashes of inspiration and insight of students will disable the curriculum conveyor. What's wrong with this picture?

One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.
--Carl Jung


Teaching is a personal act
Between two hearts and minds
One believes in the other
In their ability to grow, to develop, to achieve
One takes the time to get to know
The person who sits in the seat
As a human being instead of simply a letter grade or test score
A person who is trying to learn and deal with the ups and downs of life
As best they can

Please don’t take time away from what really matters
Don’t bury teachers under
Tons of content standards
An overload of interventions
Accountability that focuses on test scores only
Multiple preps with large class sizes
Until they have no time or energy left
To be human
To make the connection
To do what is really important
To touch hearts and minds
To teach

I agree, communicating with parents is essential - email works great! I like David's analogy of teaching to a machine. Is that what the profession has become? Kottler, J., Zehm, and Kottler, E (2005) in "On Being a Teacher: The human dimension" discuss how essential it is for teachers to create balance in their lives, professionally, personally, spiritually and emotionally, in order to be truly effective teachers.

A line must be drawn somewhere and the teacher as a human must be allowed to re-enter the classroom.

Nicci, I love the poem. It sums the topic up well!

Nicci - I think your poem says it all - and much better than I could. I agree.

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