I teach reading. Notice I don't say I am a reading teacher. Nor do I say I teach literature. I teach a class called "Second Chance Reading". The kids joke and ask if they don't "get out" of the class next year, will it be Third Chance Reading. Designed to help "struggling" middle and high school readers, the course follows the same format every week.
I am bored. The kids are bored. Although, at least half of them scored well enough on the ITEDs they won't have to take the class again next year. I don't take any credit for that number. Most of these students simply took the test more seriously this year.
I took the training and practiced all the techniques. I try to teach this class with fidelity. I follow the program. I test when I am supposed to. But I am bored.
I had a nightmare last week that my schedule for next year was filled with just this class. I cried in my dream.
I understand this class works and it needs to be taught. It just can't be me! And thankfully it won't be, because the state decided in order to teach this class you must have taken the training AND have a reading endorsement. And since I don't have a reading endorsement, I won't be teaching the class next year.
A silent cheer--it's hard to teach a class that bores you.....