Should I speak up, or do I let it go?

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  1. LMichele

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    I am a reading intervention teacher in a very small school. The classroom teachers in my building are under a lot of stress this year, as a ton of new initiatives and curriculums were introduced all at once. I am in no way attacking their positions or making it seem like they have it easy. I know they don't.

    I can't keep track of how many times a day I hear "I wish I had your job", "You don't know how good you have it", or having my job called cushy, easy, no work load, etc.

    I have just as many minutes of instruction per day as they do. The periods I'm not teaching my intervention groups, I'm pushing into classrooms to further assist my students. I made collaborative planning periods with the teachers to discuss ideas for their classroom, go over data, etc. I assess a student every other day, so the amount of data. I have to analyze and then plan from piles up throughout the day. There's no "quick fix" or "one size fits all" lessons for my students, I need to use the data everyday and come up with lessons that will best serve my students.

    I love my job. I'm passionate about it. Is it as hard as the classroom teacher jobs? No. Is it easy? No. Do I go home at night and on the weekends and work? Yes. Do I work through all of my prep periods? Absolutely.

    Last year it started to really get on my nerves, and it got upsetting. This year it has already started sooner than it did last year, and I really want to speak up and say something.

    Would you speak up or let it go?
     
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  3. Caesar753

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    Let it go.
     
  4. gr3teacher

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    If you acknowledge that you have it easier than them, then of course you shouldn't say anything, unless you want to say something benign like, "all of us have a role to play" or "no teaching job is easy, but I do love the work I'm doing."
     
  5. LMichele

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    I don't think I have it easier than they do. My positions has it's own challenges and rewards, like there's does.
     
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    " Is it as hard as the classroom teacher jobs? No."
     
  7. LMichele

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    I meant concerning all of the current initiatives that are effecting them right now. In that aspect, my load is a little lighter right now because my curriculum was a new initiative last year. But in all other aspects, I would say our jobs are pretty similar.
     
  8. Go Blue!

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    Let it go.
     
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    I understand. I do, I do, I do.

    Since they are saying these things to you, I see no harm in responding next time something along the lines of, "I heard XYZ district is hiring a reading specialist" (if it's true, I mean) or "Well, I suppose I can understand why you might think that not ever having been a reading specialist. It sure ain't easy, but I love what I do!"
     
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    I would let it go. I know it's easier said than done!
     
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    Hmmm. I would say something. If someone said, "I wish I had your job," I would nod knowingly and say, "The grass always looks greener doesn't it?"

    Or if someone said, "You have a cushy job", I would say, "It seems that way doesn't it? But you can't really know unless you walk in my shoes. I love my job, but I work hard."

    This would give the other person some food for thought. They would have the opportunity to reflect on their comment.

    People are saying these things to you because it appears to them that you have an easy job. If you say nothing in response, they will assume they are correct.

    Letting them know that you work hard will most likely shut down the comments. At the very least, you are educating people, making them aware that their perspective on your job is distorted.

    This is very similar to what people in other professions say to teachers: "You have it so easy - you have off in the summers and you go home at 3:00." We need to educate others about how hard we work. We are professionals and can be proud of what we do. Correcting others' misconceptions about our job is important.
     
  12. czacza

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    :love: it
     
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    I would passive aggressively ask them if they would like information about where you got your reading degree. Tell them they are hiring reading specialists all over the country. They'll get the point.:rolleyes:
     
  14. MissScrimmage

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    This year I'm being told my class is 'easy and 'stacked with all the good kids'. Let it go.
     
  15. FarFromHome

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    I've been told my job is easy and that it's a "cake" job. I know exactly how you feel. I always want to say something, but don't know what to say without sounding rude.
     
  16. smalltowngal

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    Because you have the easy and stacked class every year, right? :lol:
     

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