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1907. Ms. No - 4/24/2017 7:22:52 PM

Things to Make You Bang Your Head (and not in the good way)

Signed on for a mini-grant with another teacher. $2,500 is not much money, but it's not nothing, either. We were tasked to create some lesson plans around mental health integration in our respective content-areas.

And when we get the particulars they wanted a full year curriculum map, multiple units with detailed lesson plans, PowerPoints & handouts etc. Essentially about 5 times what the grant would actually cover.

Seriously, it's a grant offered by people who think anybody can just whip up solid curriculum in a couple hours. To which I say: If it was so effing easy and took so little time, why did you have to hire out for it in the first place? Couldn't your office clerk have done it?


Good news is that I have a bunch of lessons ready to go for next year when I teach Senior English for the first time. :-)

1908. arkymalarky - 5/1/2017 4:25:48 PM

It was hard to decide, especially in light of how crazy things have been since spring break, but I'm going to do one more year.

I'll say this about that amount of work and that amount of money, it seems like a lot for not nearly enough.

1909. Ms. No - 5/1/2017 5:11:29 PM

Glad you're doing another year! I'd hate to be all alone. :-)

Yeah, it was nowhere near enough for the work we did. Fortunately there will be a bunch of curriculum development money this summer and my principal has already told us to count the additional hours we spent working on this stuff toward our summer hours. She's really good about making sure we get paid for any extra work we do. She was pissed on our behalf.

1910. arkymalarky - 5/3/2017 4:05:52 PM

Yeah, A lot's been going on and I'm very ready for this year to be over, but I think one more is the best way to go. I'll catch people up in the cafe sometime. After this week it's three more including finals, so I can sort of see the endgame. The job has not been bad, it's just everything else to the point that I'm starting to feel like I don't have time to work anymore.

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