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This video addresses many reasons I had second thoughts about teaching! I love children, but I don't love the way creativity, respect, and nurturing has gone out the window! I realize that I only ever worked daycare, but both my parents are teachers and I've therefore seen both sides of the spectrum. Some of the issues this teacher addresses also exist in preschools and daycares. I was a lead toddler teacher for almost two years, at two different daycares. I had to write evaluations on all my kids, judging their abilities on a number scale. Everything from motor skills to language to balance. They were one year olds and already I was grading, judging, standardizing them. Only one parent showed up for parent teacher conferences after myself and my assistant teacher spent at least a month evaluating all the children. I voiced serious concern to my director after one child bit another child on the neck. She was bleeding. I suggested he be moved up to the older class immediately or should it happen again, withdrawn from the daycare. It did happen again. He wasn't moved up or withdrawn and the behavior continued until I was assigned to hold his hand all day long. These are ridiculous working conditions. My voice was not respected. The children's education and welfare was unimportant. It was all about the money, not so unlike funds that schools get for high scores on standardize tests. Furthermore, I was told that I was too nice to the children in my class. I was too much like Mary Poppins and this lead to biting and misbehavior. Once a higher up was observing as I began story-time with my class. One little girl, who particularly loved reading, ran up and gave me a hug. She then picked a book off the shelf and came to sit in my lap with it. I was later taken aside and reprimanded because hugging the children was unacceptable classroom behavior and should another child sit on my lap, I was to pick her up and set her on the floor. I greatly respect and applaud this teacher for her honesty about our broken system. I hope she can find something she loves now as much as she once loved teaching!
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The horrors of mental healthcare decades ago
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"You only know what I want you to. I know everything you don't want me to. Oh your mouth is poison, your mouth is wine. You think your dreams are the same as mine. I wish you'd hold me when I turn my back. The less I give the more I get back. Oh your hands can heal, your hands can bruise. I don't have a choice, but I'd still choose you. Oh I don't love you but I always will. Oh I don't love you but I always will. Oh I don't love you but I always will. I always will." <3
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