Thursday, August 31, 2006

Sick of School!!!!

I teach every period of the day, including all levels of middle and high school Spanish, English, Creative Writing and Environmental Science. I get a half an hour to eat lunch, which is my only breather.
Then, I come home to spend two to three hours helping my daughter with homework for her eight classes.
Next, I think about how I need to prepare for tomorrow's lessons, but instead brush my teeth and crash.

I don't know if I can keep up with this pace. It doesn't help that I have been running around in the hours right after school trying to complete the treasure hunt that Erin's teachers have assigned. Do they think they are being funny? Will there be a prize when I find all the rediculously picky items, such as a pocket folder that MUST be plastic and MUST be purple. I'm expecting a prize. Then again, I may never find it all, so never mind.

I'm venting and ranting and I'm sorry. I do feel a little bit better. At least with the hurricane days, the week was short and now we have the Labor Day weekend coming up.


At 12:08 PM, Blogger SarahJane said...

aww, hang in there. but I know what you mean. i work all day at a stressful job and then help the kids with homework. wish i could say it's a joy. not when you're tired. have a lovely long weekend, esp. w/o ernesto.

At 9:09 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

I hear ya on the scavenger hunt! Z's last year in public school, the math teacher INSISTED on a special notebook, that had to be ordered at the office supply store. $10 for a spiral notebook with an attached folder and chintzy plastic protractor!!

At 10:10 AM, Blogger Pamela V said...

I don't know why teacher's sometimes make it harder than it has to be by requiring hard to find supplies and assigning ridiculous projects. My 17 year old daughter has a senior project this year, and the grade means graduate or not graduate. She has to pick a topic and choose a mentor - someone of no relation who is willing to spend 12 hours at the school with her this year. We just moved here a year ago and we honestly do not know anyone who might do this. The project is so important, it can be done on anything! It can be on "how to make spaghetti," or "how to sleep late on Saturdays," but there has to be mentor.

I just don't get it. I don't get it.

And my 9 year old, the advanced honor student - is in a class with alot of misbehaved children this year - and their tests are always being postponed because nobody studies. So we study Sunday night for a Monday test, but when Nina gets to school she finds out nobody else studied so the test is postponed until Tuesday. That means we get to study again on Monday night, too.

As your look-alike said,"it's always something!"

At 10:46 AM, Blogger lorguru said...

Glad to know I'm not alone!
Sarah-I don't know how you do it. I really don't.
tshsmom-I know! I never try to do stuff like that to the parents of my students! I can't understand why they don't see how unreasonable it is.
Pam-that sounds very frustrating. If I lived closer, I would offer to be her mentor!(cuz I have so much time on my hands! hehe) And that stuff about your nine year old...that is SO frustrating! It is poor management skills on the teacher's part to make the kid who is ready and studied suffer because of those who didn't! What kind of message does that give those kids? It is a terrible lesson to teach them that if they aren't prepared deadlines will be extended! SO FRUSTRATING!!!!!

At 7:13 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Pam, you are soooo right about ridiculous projects!
4th graders, in our school system, have to write a strictly outlined paper on a state. The paper required a section on statistics, such as which county had the highest and lowest teacher's salaries; which schools, in the state, had the highest and lowest student to teacher ratio, and many others.
They also had to list ALL the colleges in their assigned state. Z was assigned New York. There were FIVE printed pages of colleges in New York!! Z has dysgraphia and couldn't possibly write out five pages of material, so I printed out the info and stapled it to his report.
The point to this rant is-what 4th grader can find this info on their own? What 4th grader understands or CARES about this minute information? This report was a 6 week time waster for every parent and student involved!


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