“Data walls, teacher-moderated marking, T-CLPs, running records, benchmark assessments, numeracy assessments, early literacy observation tools, district review team visits, electronic data entry, pre- and post-assessment tasks, class profiles, mock EQAO tests, SMART goals, Alpha-Jeune, PLCs, LNS, PRIME, CASI, DRA, GB+, OLA, APA, OFIP, IEPs, CIL, PLAB, ONAP, OWA, DPA…. Educators across Ontario are swimming through an ever-growing alphabet soup of new initiatives introduced by the government, school boards, and principals. Many of these initiatives are driven by an accountability agenda with little regard for the increased workload they entail.”
(an excerpt from ETFO Voice Publication, October 2010, Vol. 13 – No. 1, Michaela Murphy, p. 29)
I mean, really! I get to go to many different schools across the board and teach many different grades. I see many teaching styles and many classes. I see Totally Cool teaching ideas everyday; I see projects kids are engaged in and some they are not. I see varying degrees of technology in action. I see so much! I LOVE it! The variety is something I would have trouble giving up… Sometimes I am a Gym Teacher; sometimes Drama or Art; sometimes Math or Language or French. Sometimes I am the Librarian or the ICT Teacher; other times I am the Science or Social Studies Teacher. I get to sing and play and make art and read stories…. I get to make Learning Fun!!!
I know there are many days that aren’t like this, but, today, all is well. In fact, I choose to begin each day thinking it will be Fun… or, at least it won’t kill me (hopefully).