We have four days with the kids left, two regular days and two exam days then we have one day without the kids and school will be over for the summer. I am so looking forward to it. This year has been long with having only conference period every other day, next year we will have one every day. So much better. I am crossing my fingers that I get to teach what I want and I am coaching JV Cheer as well. I can say my students were good kids this year, not as many discipline problems as last year which helped. I did not enjoy what I am teaching though and have not for the past three years. I do not like World Geography, I did not like it when I took it in high school. I can teach it, but since I do not like the subject it tends to take the joy out of my job. I want to teach World History or US History, but since my certification is a composite I generally get stuck with anything but history.
My son has started teaching here at my school, he started at the beginning of second semester as a math teacher and he likes it so far. It is nice to have someone to drive with, and talk to . My kids that have him say he is great. I am so proud of him! He graduated college in two years and is teaching, doing something he likes. Not many people can say that.
Looking back on this year I can say that I have not taught like I should have, not graded like I should have and not expected as much from my kids as I normally do, and I know that is because I have only had one conference period and not enough time to get things done. I refused to take grading home, on the principal of it, so I did a lot of completion grades, just to get it done. Next year that will change, I will have more time. If I am teaching what I want to teach that will help as well. I will have to work on my curriculum over the summer and get it updated. Still crossing my fingers and keeping it to myself so I do not jinx it. I will let you know soon. Then I am going to spend the summer by the pool and playing video games. Viva La Summer!
The school year has been long and my first year as JV cheerleading Coach is almost over as well. I have sent this years team to the varsity coach and I have a new set of girls for next year. I have 15 new cheerleaders, 8 that were on the freshman cheer team this year and 7 that were not. My new girls are all ready starting their drama on Facebook and Twitter. I have 1 that has her friends ganging up on another cheerleader, saying she is doing things and saying things she did not. They are bullying her and the 4 girls think it is okay. I have gone to their coach as well to get him to help me stop it. I do not understand where these girls think it is okay to bully another on the internet and in the hallways. It is just mean and they are mean. They want to see the young lady in tears and they want to fight her. These are not the type of girls we want to represent our school. It has really got to stop.
Does anyone have any suggestions as to things I can do?
I am so proud of my son, he graduated from college in two years with a degree in math, passed both teaching exams and now has his first teaching job at the school where I work. He will be teaching Alg 1 and Geometry. He starts Tuesday, which is the fourth day of the 2nd semester.
I am not ready for the 2nd semester, I am, but I am not. I am overjoyed that we are half way done with the year, but I have been sick a lot this year as well. I think it is the extra stress from one less conference period.
Cheerleading has been fun. I love it, I want to continue with it, I just really need to learn to become a better coach, I need to learn the cheers and things like that. I know the football cheers, but not the basketball cheers. I have a small team, only 7 girls, I lost one at the semester. My only problem seems to be that my girls have no respect for me or the team. My captain does not want to be there, she uses anything as an excuse not to be at a game. I overheard her say the other day to the other girls that she does not like me and only respects the 9th grade coach. She wants to goof off during practice, will not do anything I ask and is just disrespectful. I have told her if she is going to be that way then she should just resign. Her bad attitude rubs off on the others. I have spoken to the varsity and freshman coaches about it and they both say she should quit too. They say I have been doing a great job of handling the situation, but now it is time for our head football coach to step in as well. My girls as a whole have been horrible all year, I have 4 that always pass their classes, and of the 4, 2 do not show up for things, 2 that are always in trouble, 1 that cannot pass her classes. Not sure what to do anymore with them, I have benched them, ran them, exercised them, to no avail. Nothing works, they just do not care. I do not want to give up on them, but I think that is where I am. I am ready for the next set of cheerleaders. The freshmen that will be trying out for next year are awesome, they want to cheer, and they want to have fun, I am psyched about getting them. They will have there own problems I am sure, but at least they have respect.
We have one week left in the 2nd six weeks and the 3rd six weeks is only five weeks long. Things are moving fast. Christmas break will be here soon. So far I have managed to stay under the radar and I want to keep it that way. I am crossing my fingers I do not get called in to the principals office for my kids scores on the 1ts common assessement. The kids take the 2nd one in a week and a half, and hopefully they grow enough between the 1st and the 2nd one I do not get called in for it either. I just want to duck and cover, stay out of the adminstrations way. The STAAR test is going to be harder for the kids and the common assessements are easy, but the kids willnot study so they fail. They do not care and I am held accountable for it. Their parents do not care or the kids would study, I think it is wrong that I am held accountable and my job depends on things I cannot control. These kids could do it, they just do not care to, they have no ambition, no work ethic and no sense of the world beyond high school. It is so sad.
I have been thinking for a long time that I want to write a book. When I was in elementary and Jr High school, I use to write stories all the time. I loved it and my friends loved to read them. Now I want to write again, but I don’t because I am afraid it will be badly written or just plain horrible. I guess I will jut have to get over my irrational fear and write.
This 4/3 schedule is killing me. I am so tired on my “long day” and even at the beginning of the day when I am not tired, I know it is going to happen, so I dread the day. I have to pace myself and that means I do not feel like I am giving it my all. This schedule makes me feel like a bad teacher. My one conference period is every other day and I am not getting things done, because by the time I get to my conference period I am too tired, and have to much to do, and I start lots of things and never get them finished. I have to much to do. They took 5 + hours away from my weekly conference time and gave me more work, another class of kids and more grading and planning. When am I supposed to get it all done? At home? taking away my family time? I all ready do extra and give my time and money, then you raise my insurance rate, take away a conference period, give me more kids, do not give me my yearly step raise and expect me to be happy? Yeah Right? I need help, I do not have enough time to plan, grade, make copies, get work to ISS, get all the special ed paperwork done, much less get enough rest, spend time with my family and be sane. I have seen seasoned teachers break down and cry becuase they are having trouble handling this new schedule. I think the school board needs to look at their decisions and I think we need a new SB. You want save money, then advertise on the school buses, get rid of the large amount of worthless people in the adm building who make more $$ than us lowly teachers. Stop taking it out on me and my kids, because when you hurt me you hurt my kids too.
So far school is going well. My students are better than last year, but with only one conference period I am very tired at the end of the day. I love being the jv cheer coach. I have eight girls and they are good. Last year was my worst year teaching, and this is so far is turning out much better.