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#33308

We have been doing prerecorded lessons since July due to pandemic issues, which means we are spending even more time prepping, going into school, and recording in our ‘learning studios’. There are 2 stations set up for the entire staff, and they are definitely not sanitized between scheduled recordings. We just found out yesterday that the minimal stipend we just started to get after 5 months of recording lessons on top of everything else will only be paid to us if we complete the entire school year worth of lessons by the end of the calendar year. So far we have been recording two months in advance, so in September I was recording lessons for November, and so on. Now, if I don’t have ALL remaining standards recorded (60 of them) by the end of December, I not only will not get the stipend, but I will still have to record them without getting the stipend and additionally I will get penalized. We found this out 12 hours before our state went back into lockdown for 3 weeks due to the pandemic. I am an extremely devoted teacher, have been at it for over ten years, and I am honestly starting to question my career path for the first time ever.

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#33301

As all teachers and parents know, 2020 has been a year of challenges. It has been hard, we all know that, but today I, as a librarian media specialist, had a second grade student make it all worthwhile. We were discussing Thanksgiving and the crossing of the Mayflower and while we had watched a virtual tour of the Mayflower and discussed some of the hardships the pilgrims faced, I added some details that were not in the video. One of my kids raised their hand and asked, “Mrs. K. how did you get so smart”? I very truthfully told this student, it was because I read a lot of books and I never stop learning. This kiddo just grinned and gave me two thumbs up! I hope this kiddo takes this to heart and just keeps reading and maybe this question and answer inspire other kids in my classes!

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#33247

I am a full-time distance learning teacher this year. I vary my work space at my house based on whether my family is at home. The other day, I held multiple live class meetings from my kitchen because it is the brightest room in the house. After my final live meet, I closed the link and turned around to spot the CASE OF BUDWEISER sitting on our dining room table! I opened up a meet link again just to see if it was visible to my students…yep, it sure was! Ugh. No one mentioned it during our meetings, but I’m sure I was a common topic on social media that night! This is why your admin reminds you to be smart about where you set up our class meetings when you are working from home. Take my advice!

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#33235

I feel like I’m sinking. I’m a fifth year teacher, but NJ’s alternate route program did not prepare me for this year. I’m always busy. I’m always prepping. I’m always grading or answering emails. It doesn’t stop. I don’t know when was the last time I didn’t work over a weekend or after hours. I was on the verge of breaking down this morning before Period 1, but I faked a happy smile.

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#33191

Our admin just found an excuse to why students aren’t engaged. Its because we are only showing our faces on screen and not our background😂there is no way i an pinning anchor charts to my walls at home. Its a new house and nooooo way i am destroying its walls to entertain a bunch of horrible kids who would anyways be disrespectful

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#33143

I feel so worn out. Every time I try to do something culturally relevant and scaled to my students’ ability there is so much backlash from my academic coach and my team, they are against any new ideas. I have lesson plans on common curriculum and am told I cannot use them (even though I have the exact same content on there as their template). I am quickly becoming burnt out and this is only my second year in high school, I have taught at the college level for five years and I would do anything to be able to teach full time at the college level instead of this. There is so much negativity here and I feel like I am failing my kids because the curriculum isn’t relevant or engaging to them and if I try to switch it up I get reprimanded by a smiling academic coach that says she ‘supports’ me. With ‘support’ like this, I am likely to have high blood pressure and other medical issues, I feel like I am more trapped than my students at this point. I can feel my passion for teaching fading and I hate it. I had to wait until lunch to cry today because all morning long I had classes, but I am so discouraged and depressed. 🙁

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#33112

For any educator or school-based employee that is miserable in their building, I want to share this with you: there is hope to get out of your situation. I used to work at a school where the principal was a psychopath and the teachers were absolute snobs who relied on support staff to do things they alone were responsible for. Being an IA, I and my colleagues were seen as bottom of the barrel scum, not recognized for our hard work, and treated like dogs. By the grace of Jesus, I was able to transfer to a school that I felt called to work at and I have never been happier. My new school loves me. My administrator thinks I’m great, and the teachers I team with praise and recognize me for my talents and competence. Moral of the story: the grass can be greener on the other side. Don’t settle for less.

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#32803

Teacher of the year award at my school destroys my mental health every year. I realize that it is mainly a popularity contest, but I can’t help but feel unappreciated. Each year I go from feeling good about myself as a teacher, and then it comes crashing down. I hate that I treat myself this way, and I hate that I seem to crave validation.

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#32817

I am a first year teacher teaching full remote a sub separate middle school classroom. It is taking up so much of my time creating individualized digital lessons for each student. Most of them can’t read so just recording my voice alone, and putting it into the materials is taking hours. I am drowning in the amount of paper work that my district is making us do for covid tracking. Every day there is something new. I am also currently in grad school and I barely have any time to do those assignments because all of the remote learning/covid paperwork is taking up all of my time. I fell so helpless and lost. I can’t catch up. I just want this pandemic to be over so we can go back to teaching in person. My kids are not taking anything in remotely. The remote specials are not special education friendly or modified whatsoever so I spend most of my prep helping my students just log into them. I just feel so sad for all the teachers and students during this year.

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#32701

Covid struggle: I was told by my principal that they can’t be giving me disinfecting wipes every time I run out because then their stock is going to run out. Imagine having 15 first grade kids in the classroom without disinfecting their area. At least we need to clean before and after eating breakfast and lunch. That’s at least 4 wipes per student per day and I’m only receiving a packet of 50 wipes per week. I guess students safety doesn’t come first after all.

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