why I dislike FCPS elevation system
Date: May 07, 2012 07:56PM
I AM a Biology teacher. I love these kids, but they can be a handful. Almost without exception, they struggle on standardized tests, frustrate their teachers and find it hard to connect with their peers. What’s more, these are high school students, so they are compounded by raging hormones and social pressure.
As you might imagine, my job can be extremely difficult. Beyond the challenges posed by my students, While my class sizes have grown, support staff members have been laid off. Students with increasingly severe disabilities are being pushed into more mainstream classrooms like mine, where they receive less individual attention and struggle to adapt to a curriculum driven by state-designed high-stakes tests.
On top of all that, I’m a bad teacher. That’s not my opinion; it’s how I’m labeled by my assistant principal. 2 weeks ago, my principal at the time rated my teaching “unsatisfactory,” checking off a few boxes on an evaluation sheet that placed my career in limbo. .
Like most teachers, I’m good some days, bad others. The same goes for my students. my assistant principal at the time observed me teaching in our school’s 8th period Biology class
When the assistant principal walked in, one of these students, a freshman girl began cursing. When the assistant principal ignored her, she started cursing at me. Then she began lobbing pencils across the room. Was this because I was a bad teacher? I don’t know.
I know that after she began throwing things, I called security on her. Today, I received notice that my lesson had been rated unsatisfactory because, among other things, I had sent this student to the time out room, instead of following our school’s “guided discipline” procedure.
In addition,I'll be taking the week off to think what I am going to do next year.if they do fire me.