So here's what we are dealing with: We can't get enough subs so classroom teachers are being pulled to sub for other teachers and specialists. Our classroom doors must be locked at all times so instruction is interrupted every time someone comes back from the restroom or knocks on our door. We have to make up extensive lesson plans for every assembly (including fund raisers) and field trip we take- even if it's a county mandated trip. These plans must include a unit leading up to the event, behavior standards, listening and presenting standards, and a follow up. Example: this week alone we have to provide lesson plans for a field trip to see A play, an assembly from a local organization about recycling, and a Constitution Day parade & program. Plus there are "surprise" topics we have to plan for as well- one upcoming week it will be college awareness and bus safety. In the same week. We must assess children in Reading and Math every three to six weeks. A computer test that takes 45 mins to an hour. Even students who are well above level. We must meet with our grade level partner every week to discuss the results of these assessments and prepare and share a detailed agenda for each meeting. Even though we meet about the same things every other week with our principal. Our kids eat breakfast in the classroom on their desks. While instruction continues (yeah right). Our recess duty is one teacher for two classes. Alone. We have recess or lunch duty every day and an additional duty every other week either before or after school. We are observed SO much! Even for a "walk through" our P sits down and takes photos on his iPad. He observes everyone at least 2 times more than is required. Our lesson plans have to include everything! It is impossible to get planning done during a work day. I am at school an extra hour and a half daily and still have to do planning several hours a week at home We are testing on the old standards even though we are teaching Common Core and then being evaluated on the scores! We are expected to take on everything new coming down the pike: a new email program, a new teacher evaluation system, new assessments, new standards, energy conservation programs, mandatory 30 mins movement at recess even when inside a classroom with two classes present and one teacher, new safety protocols... Ugh! Is it just me or is anyone else feeling like they are having the joy of teaching sucked out of them?!