Reflections of 2017 or why I need a holiday ?

Coming to the end of another teaching year….. approaching at a rate of knots, and before we know it the Christmas holidays will be over and we will all be back for SDD of term One……. scary….. like many teachers at the moment, I am writing reports, organising excursions, end of year games of chess, organising budgets, completing things that should have been done months ago………… and at the same time having a work life balance, whatever that is !!!!! Term 4 is the busiest term of the year, so lets just throw in a couple of social events at school and a couple of extra long staff meetings just to mix it up.

While doing reports I again get very concerned by the way I teach and the way students learn………. or in some cases, DON’T LEARN…..if you take notice to the endless articles and media editorials—– we should be making teaching meaningful, use more technology, use less technology, relevant to real life, giving homework, not giving homework, teach them manners, what to eat, how to make friends, how to be responsible on social media, supply them with lunch– because some lazy arse parents can’t be bothered to get their sorry arses out of bed to be bothered to make the kid some lunch…………… where does it stop ?????

I have parents contacting me because Jack has an interest in the subject I teach, so can I do some extra lessons for Jack— sure I’ll just skip lunch a couple of times a week so Jack can follow his passions !!!! Isn’t helping your child to follow their passions under the parental job description ???

Over the last few years there seems to be an increasing number of students who are choosing not to want to do a lot of things—- no thanks anyway, I don’t want to do PE today, choir No Thanks, The writing of an experiment….. naw……. this seems to be an increasing trend where children are not made to do things at home and then it becomes common practice at school—— I put a notice up in my room this year that said “you are free to make choices, but you are not free of consequences for your choices”. I am in a uniques situation where I teach Primary Science across the whole K-6 school….. so one week we do theory and writing up of experiments etc and the following week we do the practical hands on fun part—- even with this system, there are still students who choose to sit and do NOTHING……….. So I have taken to writing on reports “I cannot comment on Jack’s abilities or accomplishments this year because of his non-compliant attitude and anti-social behaviours”………… and that is not even touching on the bad manners, rude comments and interruptions these students cause the others in the class. You know the ones, the lovely kids who are there to learn and complete everything, relate nicely to other kids and who get really tired of you spending 60% of your lesson dealing with 10% of the kids all because they don’t want to do something.

Over the last couple of years I have been reading loads of articles and papers about engagement and how to get students to focus……………… it has worked wonders for the 90% of the class who want to learn and show interest.

Here’s a novel idea to a small percentage of our parental community—- teach your lazy arse kids some manners and respect— get off your arse and do your job better, so I can do mine better !!!!! Then I can stop worrying about what is going to become of your disrespectful little shits.

Maybe I am getting old for this shit………. some days I think that and some days are an absolute joy

Kindest Regards

A teacher looking forward to the end of term 4 !!!!!

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An educator from Armidale, NSW, Australia.... I have been teaching for over fifteen years and I have been teaching Science for the last 4 years. Why Boys' education -- I feel boys are often left out of education policy development...... I am into technology, but have loads of things to learn.... all my rants here are my personal opinions

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