Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Connecticut Teachers Need to Relax
Governer Dannel Malloy has recently come under fire for comments he made regarding teacher tenure. In essence, the governor stated that under the current tenure law all teachers need to do is "show up" for the first four years of their teaching career.
Wait...I just had to show up?
I'm actually quite upset this was never pointed out to me when I started this teaching gig nineteen years ago.
No BEST portfolio? No three formal observations a year? No mentoring/mentee situation? No extra meetings? No juggling planning, grading, correcting? No grad classes?
Teachers shouldn't be angry about what Governor Malloy said, they should be angry that previous governors didn't tell us we just needed to show up!
This is a breath of fresh air!
I feel as though all of the pressures of this teaching gig have slipped off my desk. CAPT starts next week...so what! PSAT prep...phewie! NWEA progress reports....hahaha! Data team....schmata team! Professional goals, LTF training...please! Core Values, Anti-bullying training, suicide prevention workshop, blood borne pathogens....out the window! Budget, planning, scheduling, curriculum revision, grading, sorting, shredding, stressing, inspiring, bettering, bleeding from the eyes....teaching no more!
Yes, Connecticut educators, our governor should not be reviled. He should be celebrated!
Now, by my calculations, the State of Connecticut owes me four years of "just showing up" starting...now (insert sound of stop watch clicking).
Ah...you hear that?
It's the sound of nothing.
Cause I'm just showing up.