I attended my first graduate class tonight, yipee! I am so happy that they are allowing us to do most of the work from home, watching DVDs of lectures rather than attending class. However, I have been given 15 DVDs and still have a lot more to come, I’m thinking that perhaps I bit off more than I can chew. I just got the coursework for the 9 credits we earned from institute this summer and it is 19 pages long, filled with descriptions for 3-4 page assignments due before October 1. I know I shouldn’t be such a whiner, but seriously, it would have been nice to get at least a week break to get my life in order, let alone begin the mounting work load from this summer, added to the mouting workload of graduate classes and being a first year teacher…and don’t forget the extra crap that TFA expects us to do. Like professional Saturdays, and the 6 assignments that are due tomorrow for each of the 5 subjects that I am teaching…which means 30 time consuming activities, that will inevitably be deemed “a good start” and then I will be expected to rewrite them. (Such as, setting a big goal, enduring understandings, assessments, long term planning and unit planning.) Yes, according to TFA I should have my entire year planned out at this point, in all 5 subject areas. Sure, in theory it sounds like a smart idea for any teacher to know what they are doing, however, it’s day 8 tomorrow, I am I just trying to survive the day without crying in front of my students. I cannot even wrap my head around next week at this point let alone June. Never mind that I haven’t even seen my science curriculum or my math curriculum yet or that I am required to follow the same curriculum on the same days as my 3rd grade team. I know this isn’t the TFA thing to say, but for now, I am going to listen to the institution that signs my checks each week.
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An Elementary School Teacher in the Show Me State