In keeping with October's theme of Invisibles, I share with you ... The Meetings, but first, a brief definition. "Invisibles" is a general term for all of the unseen things that teachers do to keep the education machine running. The goal of October is to bring a few of these Invisibles to light so that people outside of the school setting have a clear idea of what it is like inside the school.
So on to The Meetings as my teaching partner and I have been all week. It started on Monday ....
I suspect that parents or policy makers would not like the idea of their teachers being pulled away in this manner.
I teach several periods with a teaching partner this year; I am quite fortunate, mainstreaming a variety of SPED levels into the general education English class. It is wonderful. Students are doing great and working with another professional is rejuevenating. However, my partner and I have not met once this week. We have not been able to meet before school, during prep, after school, or even at lunch.
We are unable to meet because of an array of meetings. Minutia meetings. How can we get together to plan the lessons and discuss student learning in order to impact students? We cannot. I suppose we could meet on the weekend (we did that before and I think my next post will be The Weekend).
Everyone in education should be there to impact the lives of students.
I am going to close with a plea, a plea to people who do not work in a school--be it parents, community members, or those involved in governing education policy--please be aware that there is a great deal that goes on in a school which is invisible to you. Teachers have graciously taken on these Invisibles for several decades, but at some point, it will be too much, and, sadly, the students will suffer.