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29 August 2013 - 3:22am

Back to School: Next Season on Survivor

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Hello CL Friends!

I like this tongue in cheek look at all that our teachers, these days, are expected to do on a daily basis and oftentimes with limited resources. I teach adult learners on a PT basis, and those I teach are teachers pursuing a special certificate or their Master's Degrees. I always post this for them at the end of each of my courses.

Because school will be starting soon, I thought I would also post this and share with all of you. Hopefully, this will help us all appreciate all that teachers have on their plates, truly, and help us appreciate them just a little more.

Next Season on Survivor

Have you heard about the next planned "Survivor" show?
Three businessmen and three businesswomen will be dropped in an
elementary school classroom for 1 school year. Each business person
will be provided with a copy of his/her school district's curriculum,
and a class of 28 - 32 students.

Each class will have a minimum of five learning-disabled children,
three with A.D.D., one gifted child, and two who speak limited
English. Three students will be labeled with severe behavior problems.

Each business person must complete lesson plans at least 3 days in
advance, with annotations for curriculum objectives and modify,
organize, or create their materials accordingly. They will be required
to teach students, handle misconduct, implement technology, document
attendance, write referrals, correct homework, make bulletin boards,
compute grades, complete report cards, and document benchmarks,
communicate with parents, and arrange parent conferences. They must also stand in their doorway between class changes to monitor the hallways.

In addition, they will complete fire drills, tornado drills, and [Code
Red] drills for shooting attacks each month. They must attend workshops,
faculty meetings, and attend curriculum development meetings.
They must also tutor students who are behind and strive to get
their 2 non-English speaking children proficient enough
to take the Terra Nova and PSSA tests. If they are sick or having a
bad day they must not let it show.

Each day they must incorporate reading, writing, math, science, and
social studies into the program. They must maintain discipline and
provide an educationally stimulating environment to motivate students
at all times. If all students do not wish to cooperate, work, or
learn, the teacher will be held responsible.

The business people will only have access to the public golf course on
the weekends, but with their new salary, they may not be able to
afford it. There will be no access to vendors who want to take them out to
lunch, and lunch will be limited to thirty minutes, which is not
counted as part of their work day. The business people will be
permitted to use a student restroom, as long as another survival
candidate can supervise their class.

If the copier is operable, they may make copies of necessary materials
before, or after, school. However, they cannot surpass their monthly
limit of copies. The business people must continually advance their
education, at their expense, and on their own time.

The winner of this Season of Survivor will be allowed to return to
their job.

Pass this to your friends who think teaching is easy, and to the ones
that know it is hard.

(NYC Educator, 2007)

Reference

Next Season on Survivor (2007).. Retrieved July 30, 2007, from NYC Educator:

http://nyceducator.com/2007/07/next-season-on-survivor.html

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1 September 2013 - 2:21am
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Wow, that wore me out just reading all the stuff teachers have to do! Teachers are special people. Smile

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1 September 2013 - 4:09pm
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LuckyMe wrote:

Wow, that wore me out just reading all the stuff teachers have to do! Teachers are special people. Smile

Yes, the responsibilities are MANY! My son used to say, all you have to do is teach and grade. Most people have NO IDEA all that is involved in our jobs. Plus, these days, we are expected to be parents, teachers, nurses, behavior consultants, our own secretaries, psychologists, administrators and interpreters of tests, and on and on.

Thanks for reading! Smile

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2 September 2013 - 3:28am
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I can remember when my son was small and in school. I felt then the teacher was overwhelmed. I was a volunteer many times in classes to try to help lessen the burden on the teacher. I worked with kids that were a little behind which freed her up to get on with other lessons.

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