Monday, January 24, 2011

Hey, Teach!

Yea, that's seems to be all I'm doing these days. However, as all encompassing and time consuming it is, it feels right. I love my job. Yes, I'm hoping it doesn't always involve this kind of time commitment but I can finally say "I've found my calling and I know I made a difference." I just spent six hours on a day I "took off" working. Seems a bit wrong but I feel better for it. Someone asked me the other day after hearing how much time I put into teaching and differentiating for my students, "So, does that mean you'll have a contract from now on?" Short answer? No. There's no such thing as tenure anymore, my friend. And, with budget butchering, no one is completely secure. But, I no longer fret about next year...what's the point? Like I said, I know I've made a difference after hearing that from both a colleague and from students. sigh...I'm happy and fulfilled; happy, fulfilled and exhausted ;) I have faith everything will work out just fine.

So, why on Earth would anyone take a day off just to do work? Conferences.
I dunno, maybe it's because I've been on the parent side of that event. I want to be well prepared and for parents to know exactly what goes on for their child when they're entrusted to me. Or, I just want to be prepared for this...

On the fibery front,
I finished this

My New Felted Bag
Originally uploaded by martaschmarta


pixlkitten said...

Our conference is at the end of this week. Fortunately, our son does not have Timmy's issues. His mother rides his back too much for that to happen. Nice bag!

Heide said...

Love your bag.

My daughter has a 504 for for ADHD and Aspbergers. They are real conditions, but as parents we don't make excuses for her and she's expected to do the work and participate as much as possible in school. I find it offensive when parents make excuses for their childrens' behaviors. Good luck with the conferences.

p.s., I was really hoping that the teacher in the video was going to whoop ass on the mother.

Marta said...

gah! I had no intention of offending! My daughter is also on an IEP for Aspergers Syndrome. To be honest, I've never encountered a parent anywhere close to this one.
And, you're so right! I think the biggest obstacle to constructive dialog (both as parent and teacher) is truly understanding that we are not our children, don't need to "explain" or apologize for given conditions, and have the power to set the example of tolerance...acceptance of what's simply different, and not negative. I know you and I feel the same on this - we love, accept and proudly proclaim our childrens' unique weirdness. Life would certainly be dull without my Beth to see the obvious we all miss!

Laurie said...

Your bag is gorgeous!

Sadly I have had many of the same conversations with parents over the years (thank goodness not all at once). It's difficult as parents to step back and look objectively at their own child. By the very nature of being a parent, one tends to be protective and see their own child with blinders on. Parent/teacher conferences are indeed difficult for both sides sometimes. I'm happy yours went so well, Marta.