There are teachers in this state who literally are teaching both in-person students and still required to provide synchronous instruction to those students whose families have elected to begin this school year remotely. That could mean teaching one class section as if it were two. But there were no new hours in the day created.
There are teachers in this state who had to learn new online platforms and try to master new resources during the summer without synchronous professional development and at their own expense and on their own time.
There are school systems that have stipulated different parameters for grading and student work and expectations that differ greatly from what would happen in a typical school year which require more work and time to maintain.
And for most every teacher in a school operating under hybrid or remote learning schedules, the expectations of classroom management have been morphed to include aspects that are simply out of the control of any teacher.
Add to that the fact that communication with students and parents have more obstacles attached with remote learning as this pandemic has exacerbated the connectivity divide in this state not to mention the economic woes that many face.
Oh, and the state is still bringing in students to complete EOC, EOG, PSAT, and Pre-ACT as well as have observations.
THIS IS NOT THE TIME FOR CENTRAL OFFICES TO BE ASKING FOR MORE PAPERWORK, RECORDINGS OF MEETINGS, AND MORE REPORTS TO PROVE THAT TEACHERS ARE ON TASK.
Teachers have been on task so much since last March that today feels like March 345th rather than February 21st.
Teachers have families, their own children trying to navigate remote learning, bills, and personal lives.
Or we might as a state see a teacher burnout like never before.
And this state already does a bad job in recruiting teacher candidates.