Teaching Expectations.

Updated: Apr 10, 2020

Growing up, when asked what I wanted to be, I always replied, "teacher." I played school regularly, drifting in and out of being the student and teacher, and then tapping into my administrative duties by becoming Principal and recording my morning announcements via my Talkboy. I loved all those roles so much. When I wasn't playing by myself, I was next door making full curriculum plans with my best friend Sarah - where we tested them out on her kid sister Liz and the other neighborhood kids. At one point, we converted their basement into a full-fledged school with old school furniture we found in their basement. We would boss the younger kids into filing into order on the basement steps and then take turns running our class and reprimanding whoever annoyed us the most. Now that we are a homeschool family due to The Corona Virus, I cannot help but fall back into some of my earliest talents and skillsets- and you better believe, I am still the first to reprimand an annoying child. These roots run deep! Joking aside, I am incredibly thankful that I enjoy organizing because I know for a lot of parents, this online learning thing is tough! A few posts back, I mentioned how stressed I was when it all rolled out. The constant emails, changes, Ahhh!!!!

Be honest, did you turn off your notifications too? No judgment if you did because I had to step back from everything before I was ready to try and tackle it. I spent an hour and a half one Sunday compiling a spreadsheet so we could stay on track (let's be honest, we were trying to be ahead of schedule) for the week ahead. It was a lot, and a lot of parents don't have the time for that sort of thing - and either do our teachers. What has been brought into focus for me over the best five weeks, is this - we expect too much, and we are in no way inclusive to the various learning styles of our children. It is very much a government-produced, one size fits all box. *Jumps on Soapbox* Before I go any further, I want to make it crystal clear that I do not have a current issue with the teachers or staff in our current school district. I know that they love my children, but because of their government-mandated supervision and requirements, they can never thoroughly teach students in a way that best suits them. Their hands are tied, they do the best they can, and we love them for that. *Jumps off Soapbox * Now that there is no room for interpretation of my intentions of writing this, I want to hear from you. What have you seen in the Public School System that could use a little reformatting? Have your eyes been privy to what it is we ask (expect) of our teachers and students? Do you think it is in their best interest?

Do you think it is more the parents' responsibility or is it a group effort amongst the student, teacher, and parents?

I'm so curious as to how it got here and why. Are you a teacher yourself? What would you like to see? Are you a parent of a child who struggles academically? What are your grievances? And lastly, if you have any advice on people to follow who are currently working towards reform in the Education System or maybe you have some research on the current mandates of the Public School system you think I should peruse in my free time, would you please leave a comment or shoot me a message. I'd love to find a way to be included.

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