- Houston Independent School District19.Dec 2017
Too many problems, not enough people to solve them.
Teachers are overloaded with responsibilities that take time away from preparing and delivering awesome lessons.
Support from management
This depends entirely on who the leadership is and who is assigned as your appraiser. In my experience, about 20% of the leadership staff is great and 20% are awful.
PLC time is often wasted with announcements and personal conversations that do not empower instruction. I once sat in a meeting where the Educational Specialist over the English Department used up 10 minutes to explain her husbands bypass operation in great graphic detail.
Teachers are given mixed messages about the campus/district teaching priorities. They are also provided with too many curriculum options and teaching tools that a host of different people expect them to use.
The district needs to hire staff who can take care of some of the responsibilities that are constantly dumped onto teachers. For example, when teachers administer benchmarks there should be someone else to process the data instead of having teachers pour over data for hours. You just end up with exhausted teachers. Teachers already have grading, lesson planning, materials development, copying, online posting of lessons, online monitoring of parent input, parent phone-calls, missing student work, regrading corrected student work, reteaching lessons students did not understand, seating charts and redoing seating charts and many other tasks that all take time.
- CompanyHouston Independent School District
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Current employee