Can I just vent for a second?
Can I just run through a day in the life?
Note to reader: This is not REALLY a typical, “Day in the Life” post because my day is anything but typical.
This is just a small taste of the random shit that gets thrown on your plate when you’re an educator, specifically in special education.
- Managing accommodations for testing across multiple grade levels (this includes reading, scribing, shoulder-tapping for all students on my caseload)
- Preparing materials for all the kiddos who are on Behavior Plans (e.g. visual schedules, reinforcement system, ALL-THE-SNACKS).
- Facilitating IEP meetings. Coordinating with all people involved. Even people who don’t respond to e-mails or GCal invites.
- WRITING IEPs. Which, if you’re anything like me, needs to be done outside of work because right when you’ve got one sentence down about the student’s current reading levels, you’re called on the walkie for some emergency situation.
- Doing multiple services AT ONE TIME. Yes, I can implement a behavior plan while also pulling a small group for a lesson on character motivation.
- Spending an hour alleviating a situation where a student slapped another student’s butt.
- Completing paperwork for a family who is trying to get services at home and needs teacher input.
- Communicating with parents about behaviors that are going on IN REAL TIME.
- Cleaning up a mess after the meltdown that ensued from saying no to a child.
- Documenting quantitative and qualitative data of students that are on plans for severe behaviors.
- Connecting with paraprofessionals to ensure that services are being met, groupings are OK, and nobody wants to pull their hair out.
- Sending out calendar invites for meetings, brainstorm sessions, and planning times. Oh. And wine. Because everyone needs something to get them through the day.
- Modifying homework packets and daily packets for the classroom so the kiddos have activities to work on during independent work time.
- Battling the copier, the scanner, and the printer. They break down daily. Hourly. And then I break down as a result.
- Oh. And lastly, pulling small groups for interventions. You know, actually teaching.
I can go on. I can continue adding bullet points. Every day is so different from the one before. Filled with all of these random things that are so time consuming. But so important.
And this post?
This venting session?
It’s not to invoke your sympathy.
It’s to let you know that when a teacher says, “4 more days until Spring Break,” instead of saying, “You’re so lucky,” a more appropriate response would be, “You deserve it.“
Questions of the Day:
- What would you add to this list?
- Did you hug a teacher today?