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Multiple Schools, Multiplied Issues October 24, 2010

Filed under: education,teaching,Uncategorized — candidteacher @ 4:17 pm

Candid Teacher Admits: It feels like I work for a divorced couple.

Seeing the words “district employee” on my contract felt cool at first.  I felt empowered and important.  I, a 3rd year teacher, had been made responsible for overseeing the reading program for an entire school district. However, now it feels like I work for divorced parents.

Most of my time is spent in the two elementary schools in the district.  2 1/2 days are at one school, 2 1/2 at the other.  When I speak to the principals of the schools, often times they throw in a negative jibe about the other principal.  It’s becoming increasingly difficult to just ignore these comments and change the subject.  In addition, at times I am expected to go to the Middle and High School.  I don’t know how I’m supposed to be in so many places at once, but apparently it’s something I need to figure out how to do.

Though I do not miss my old job whatsoever, this new one comes with a host of its own challenges.  Of course, I anticipated this.  However, I never could have imagined I’d struggle with teachers asking me which school I like better, trying to tell me how to do my job, alienating me from their “cliques”, and parents questioning my credentials.  Ah!

I have not made up my mind about whether or not I like this job yet.  I don’t feel it would be fair to do so after a mere two months.  At the end of the year, I’ll reflect on everything and determine my next move.  No matter what, of course, I hope the district is happy with my performance and invites me back so that I am in control of what I choose to do.

We’ll see!

Yours,
Candid Teacher