The Impossibility of Stability
The school year is here I hope this year is better than last
387 smiling faces walk into school So many stories hidden behind those smiles
Teachers out on maternity leave I wish my class had a long term substitute
Five different substitutes in one week My classroom is going to be a disaster when I return
Students continue enrolling Will I ever get all my students tested?
472 students after week six of school When will I get to start teaching?
4.5 teachers allocated Allocations, we still have to find them
No candidates to hire We should wait for an effective teacher
Class sizes are at 30 and rising Should we settle for a warm body?
Master schedule changes to accommodate Another disruption to our school day
Another new student today You were sitting at home for these 7 weeks?
New teachers hired to start in January FINALLY
Student moves again I wonder how long you will be out of school
Master schedule changes to accommodate A welcomed disruption
Outsiders say “you are in it for the outcome, not the income” The stress isn’t worth the money
Blood on the wall from a fight in the classroom I can’t do it anymore
One less 5th grade teacher Will we ever have a consistent staff?
No consistent long term substitutes What are we going to do?
The class is permanently divided between the other 2 teachers I don’t know if I can do it
Student moves back She has been out of school for 2 months?!
Class sizes are up to 36 Small groups of 12? Will I teach them anything this year?
70% of students fail the state test Did I do everything I could?
Teachers are criticized for low passing rates Am I that bad of a teacher?
They leave I can’t do this my entire life
40% of teachers agree to come back next year Next year has to be better…
And start the failing cycle all again …right?
How can we be the constant in an environment that is completely unstable?