Daily Archives: March 29, 2007

Meetings, meetings, meetings

So today at a meeting a teacher said the people in her department didn’t want to do any extra
And
All I could think was
isn’t ironic that the one department that desperately needs to be doing extra
doesn’t want to?
I didn’t speak the words though.
Instead I sat there thinking about the 60-hour weeks I’ve been working
And about the kids in my classes who are burned out beyond belief
And about the kids I know who desperately need extra help
And I let it overwhelm me.
I let myself think,
What’s the point?!?
When an ENTIRE DEPARTMENT says We don’t want to do extra, and they feel perfectly justified in saying say and even, really, quite PROUD of that, how in the world can I, one person, make a difference?

I let this bother me ALL night.

I don’t get it. I mean WHY teach if it’s not about the kids? Why bother?

Maybe I’m being too harsh. Maybe those teachers are just worked to a frazzle and the end of March is the time when all that comes out. Maybe. But I don’t think so.
And it frustrates me because there’s not a thing in the world I can do about it.