This summer I will taking time to reenergize. My school district still believes that NCLB gave them permission to bully teachers.
I will be attending the Maine Leaning Technology Initiative Summer Institute. I will be paying the registration and accomodation fees myself, as I have every other summer. I will return in September to a district that will not care about what I learned.
I am taking a self-directed graduate course in integrated curriculum and interdisciplinary studies, I need the 45 points for recertification and hope the district will support my being a part of a teaching team for 11th. grade American Studies. The district has promised, but I am used to being reassigned in September.
I will write grants for enrichment activities for students. I have raised thousands of dollars over the years and never been thanked by the district. The district takes the grants for granted.
I will take one week of vacation with my husband and spend hundreds of dollars buying materials for the classroom and gathering as many free resources as possible.
I am working at my summer job. I do housekeeping or waitressing every summer. I need the money, but I also need the break of having a job I can complete and not carry home.
I will visit our daughter and son-in-law and our two grandchildren and son, as much as possible.
I will run, practice Yoga, meditate, along with eating healthy, and remind myself that I am doing important work. Work that seldom is repected, appreciated or rewarded by school administrators.
In the worst climate for teachers that I have experienced in 26 years in education, even the Union is powerless.
No teacher should ever have to defend "taking the summer off" because we don't!
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