Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Quick update

I haven't been able to post much lately due to a crazy schedule at work as most of my friends and a few of my more astute readers know (I have 12 kindergartners, 1 first grader, 4 second graders, and 2 third graders in one class all day - most of whom are special needs and several who are major behavior issues...).  However, today my reprieve has arrived...well, she's (he's?) almost arrived...

Monday they got funding to hire another teacher - I was out sick so I didn't know this, but TODAY they position actually posted so PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE join me in praying that a fantastic applicant will interview and fill the position so that these special needs students can get more of the individual attention they need and deserve.  I hate having this many students who need so much because I feel completely unable to give them each the attention they should have. I'm constantly putting out fires (figuratively, not literally -- yet) and have been unable to, in my opinion, academically reach the students on the level to which they need.  I go home feeling ineffective and frustrated.

There is a light at the tunnel!  It will take several days, perhaps even a week or two, but help is on it's way!


Elizabeth said...

Hooray! I SO remember that overwhelmed feeling and will certainly be praying for reinforcements. :) One year when I taught PreK ESE, I had 14 special needs students ages 2-5. 14!!! They SO needed 2 teachers and couldn't afford it so they just kept hiring assistants for me. It only made life somewhat easier because then I had to balance teaching 14 students and training 3 adults! The worst was when in October my principal told me that if all I did for the rest of the year was just babysit (because I couldn't realistically teach in that environment) then that was all she was expecting me to do. I know she was trying to make me feel better and relieve pressure, but it was not at all what I wanted to hear. I was NOT there to babysit! So absolutely... I'll be praying for you.

Kwizgiver said...

I hope the applicant works out--you really need some great help. I could NOT work with little ones, I love my high schoolers way too much.


Indigo said...

That's so awesome! My daughter K4 class had a teacher's assistant and I believe it made a huge difference!


Sarah@LowStressWeightLoss said...

Nice - hope it works out quickly!