Every day that passes, I am more grateful for working through enough stuff to quit EBDland and move on to teaching at the university level.
I loved EBDland, but it was killing me. Literally.
So, the best part of this new gig? Well, there are many. But supervising student teachers allows me to enter all sorts of classrooms and watch how others are managing their caseloads and classrooms. Kinda like driving around the hood slowly late at night, peeping in lit up windows to see how your neighbors are decorating the living room.
I have seen exceptional. I have seen deplorable. And the good part....? I don't have to do anything about it!!!!
It has been an incredible experience to then process with my student teachers. It is invigorating to analyze, ponder, reflect, and problem solve. It is amazing to watch the next generation of teachers come into their style, evolve, and collect the good, the bad and the ugly and sift through it all in their efforts to be really good teachers.
Unfortunately one of my student teachers is in the worst possible situation. In one room there are 6 teachers. It is arranged very poorly, it is very unwelcoming, there are some real safety issues in there. Ld teacher working in small pull out groups has to teach over the din of hour long meltdowns. I mean full on screaming! And the administrator said, "Well, that's just special ed."
Are you cussing kidding me????? What kind of school leadership is that? Sacrifice quality learning environment for the LD kiddos? Really? This same administrator hands out much less harsh consequences to special ed victims of special ed peer attacks than she does if a special ed kiddo attacks a reg ed student. So, special ed kids don't deserve quality learning environments? So, special ed kids don't need to feel safe? So, special ed kids don't need protecting from other special ed kiddo bullying?
Oh yeah, I am furious. Oh yeah, I can't let this one go. Not sure how I will address it, but I will.
So grateful I stopped the insanity of crossing over the the dark side.