It’s good to see you again. Congrats on your new job. Hope other things are well too.
It is nice to be back that is for sure. And thank you on the Congrats, but after 3 days at the new school. I couldn’t take it anymore. The location and dollar extra was not worth the things I had to deal with.
I was a Pre-K teacher and yes the class size was smaller, but I had to deal with children that had severe emotional disabilities, learning disabilities, and just problems I didn’t have the experience to deal with. Not by myself. Pre-K kids are 4 years old, I had kids still in diapers and there was not a place to change them within the “classroom”. And not always someone to ask to step in, so I could go change them. Several of them could not communicate with me. The “classroom” wasn’t a room, so I had a problem with some running off and this was a problem to me because we were close to the main entrance/exit. I had problems getting them to listen to me. These kids wanted to be chased when in trouble, which I am against. They don’t need that negative attention and sadly somewhere that is the way they get it. I would hope not at school, but I don’t know.
I couldn’t spend any time with the kids, because I spent the time either refereeing or speaking to the kids. And one of the children I felt needed a nurse, but I cannot express that because I am not a doctor. Though my mother works as a nurse for special needs children, attending school with them to offer the help they need when the teachers cannot always fill that in a full classroom.
The only time they were required to wash their hands was when they were through using the potty. And several argued with me when I enforced washing after blowing their nose. And it seemed like no big deal when they coughed and sneezed uncovered. Thus why I am sick!
The tipping point for me was when the children decided to throw scissors at me and chase after me with them. I called the director at my original school. She offered me my position back. I finished the afternoon which ended with the kids throwing toys all over the place, because I asked them to clean up their toys that they dumped all over the ground. They strongly stated that “Even though you didn’t play with them, its the teachers job to clean up.” I don’t play that why…I will help, but if I don’t play with the toys and make the mess… And these kids were SO VIOLENT! And wanted to argue about everything.
Friday I called in, hoping the director was in, but she wasn’t. I left the message “I’m not coming today, because this isn’t the job for me and it isn’t going to work out.” I was ask to call back, but I didn’t and they never called me. I won’t call them unless I don’t get paid for those days I worked.
The worse part, I feel bad for the person that helped me get the job and the director WAS nice, but, I was lied too. And the person who helped me get the job didn’t lie to me, not one bit. She was relaying the things she was told (or lied to about). I was told that I wouldn’t enter the classroom without training and I did NO training. And that was just the beginning of the lies. I honestly feel like my passion for teaching and kindness was abused and it hurts!