I am particularly frustrated this afternoon with teaching. I wish I taught at a school that made AYP. Then maybe I could actually just focus on teaching music to the best of my ability. At my school, we have not made AYP yet in the 5 years that I have been here. This means that we are dangerously close to having the state come in and basically tell us what to do. This scares me because one would assume that if your school isn’t passing the state standardized tests, that your arts programs would probably be one of the first things to go.
My concert is December 4, and I only have about 12 rehearsals left until the concert. Why so few you ask? Oh, that is because we have choir and band the same period, and we must share the kids. That means that I only have 2 rehearsals per week (3 every other week). Oh, and by the way, since we aren’t passing the state test in reading, I am supposed to be teaching reading strategies during my class. Oh, and I have to have my students do writing assignments every 2 weeks as well!
I am sure many of us face these same challenges every day. I know that it is probably foolish to think that the grass is always greener on the other side. Maybe it is foolish of me to think that all I want to do is teach music! What frustrations are you facing?
Now the PS – I began this post directly after school today. Now, coming back to it some 4 hours later, after having spent a wonderful evening with my family, I have calmed down. These are still frustrating issues to me, though. I can deal with the paperwork and other tasks that I have to do daily that take up my time, but when I am in front of my class, I want to teach MUSIC…is it really going to be my responsibility now to teach reading and writing too? I hope that I am only part of a small number of music teachers facing this dilemma. Is there anyone else out there in the blogosphere being ask to teach something other than music during their classes??
Of course, on the other hand, it’s just a job…