Spanish Teacher Confessions
These are my confessions… (sung to the tune of Usher). It is time for some Spanish teacher confessions. I know many of you have commented how you enjoy my #highlightREAL confession blog posts. Here are the things you have been thinking, but have been afraid to say out loud.
1. State testing is the worst
State testing should not be happening in the 20-21 school year. It is a waste of everyone’s time and money to tell us all what we already know. Cancel testing and just talk to teachers.
2. Learning loss is a lie
Along with the above, teachers are pretty sick of hearing about learning loss. We are living through a Global Pandemic, which is a pretty good time to reevaluate the strict mandates that certain things must be learned each month, or else it is a loss.
3. Recorded Mandated Training. Please no.
For the next teacher confession, listening to a recorded mandated training that you can not speed up to 2x speed should be illegal. This is especially true if the mandated recorded training with poor audio quality is telling you how to administer the state tests.
Just because teachers are vaccinated does not mean we need in-person all-staff meetings again. Especially if the all-staff meeting involves being read slides that could have been an email and team-building activities
5. Conferences should always be via Zoom
I believe parent-teacher conferences should always be scheduled and always be virtual. (As opposed to sitting in a classroom for 4 hours with no idea who is going to show up). Plus, as a parent, it has been so much more convenient to be able to jump on Zoom from home to chat with the teacher with my kids just playing in the background.
6. Next year will not magically be “back to normal”
Spoiler, next year will not be magically back to normal. It is not going to happen. Schools in Iowa and elsewhere are planning for next year as if this year was just a typical year. Yep, let’s just jump back into 8 period days with packed rooms of unmasked students like nothing was/is happening.
Teacher confession, I laughed out loud at the thought of teaching summer school. It is even worse that there are schools mandating summer learning. No way. Teachers (& students) need a break.
8. We are counting down the days
This year like no other, the countdown is on. It is not posted anywhere yet, but believe me, we know how many days & Mondays are left.
9. Buying ready to go resources = worth it
Teacher confession, the resources that I bought to save my time and sanity this school year were worth their weight in gold. (I hope that you can say that about my resources as well:) This was especially true for online websites for hybrid and virtual learning.
10. I will not be full time teaching next year
Now for the biggest of the Spanish Teacher Confessions. For a variety of personal reasons, I have made the difficult decision to step away from teaching for the next school year. This means I will be leaving my current school. This strange school year has taught me that my own mental health and family need to come first.
I do know that Mis Clases Locas will not be going anywhere. Creating resources and connecting with all of you has been a highlight of this year. You have no idea how much it means to me that the things I have shared have made such an impact in your classrooms. I plan to continue supporting Spanish teachers through professional development and resources to save you time.
Do you have your own Spanish teacher confessions that you do not want to share publicly? Feel free to send them to me.
Abrazos! – Allison