I’m very frustrated right now! I just got home from a staff meeting where the law was laid down about how we have to do things in our classrooms no matter what – we were informed failure to comply means our position will be terminated! The law was laid down by our director’s boss. Okay, that’s understandable – but I’m having a hard time accepting what they are asking of us. We were told that next school year we will have to do worksheets on a daily basis. No if, ands, or buts about it – do it or be out of a job. End of story. Don’t like it – leave. I can’t leave – I need my job. But knowing what I do about child development and developmentally appropriate practice – I don’t know if I can do what they’re asking. Well, I know I could do it – but it would be hard to look myself in the mirror everyday. I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place. I have to come up with a way to do paperwork without doing worksheets. How do I accomplish that?!
We were also told we had to do letter of the week next year. I don’t like letter of the week. I hate it – always have…it makes no sense to me. My children (for the most part) learn all their letters without letter of the week. I just don’t see the point of changing my entire teaching style (when I’ve been allowed to teach this way already) to “comply with what parents expect”. I get it – the parents are our clients – why can’t we just take the time to educate them? Why do the children have to suffer because of their ignorance? I don’t know what to do. I need a job – so I have to comply. I just need to find a way to make everyone happy in a developmentally appropriate way. I just wish I knew why they were being so stubborn about this! I know I was being singled out here – and so did everyone else. I am the only teacher that does not currently do these two things – but my children still learn. They are still ready for kindergarten. What’s the big deal here people?!
I feel sick – and I’m in panic mode right now. And I’m venting – but I’m done for now. Any ideas would be helpful. Really. But please, don’t suggest going to talk to the people in charge. I’ve done that – and lost the battle…I need a new strategy now….