Stressful demands

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I like to think that I have a pretty good memory; and I think my husband would agree! If my memory is on point today, I don’t ever recall Kindergarten being so demanding when I was in school. Mind you, that was 28 years ago.

Kindergarten was a half day program, with developmental play opportunities and show and tell each week. I never felt “stressed” or “frustrated” with the work I was doing and NEVER remember having to be able to read books. It was such a fun learning experience.

Jump to present day K… I teach in a district with a full-day K program. We have 4 elementary schools and 8 classes in all. Each class has around 19-24 kids. Even with these numbers, we are expected to get these children (some of whom have never been in a social setting before), to read, write, add and subtract and much more.

What happened to learning how to get along, take turns, handle disappointment, learn how to paint and write your name, etc.?

I feel more stress as a teacher of 24 students to get them reading a Level D text and make sure they are writing more than one sentence with spaces and vowel sounds embedded within them. They came to me not knowing how to write numbers 1-5, yet I have to get them adding and subtracting fluently within 5.

Though my school is so supportive and we all work hard to give the best to our students, I can’t help but somehow feel like a failure when my students move on to first grade without that “title” of a “D Reader” and a student who consistently scores a 6 – 6.5 on their writing.

I love my job. I love “my” kids. Let’s stop putting so much pressure on them.

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mmatticek

I am a Kindergarten teacher and mother of 2. I also have a little hobby of making signs during my "free time". I have never blogged before and am anxious to see how this goes!

4 thoughts on “Stressful demands”

  1. And you didn’t mention that some of them are 20% older than others which makes a HUGE difference. And the amazing thing is they really do almost all get there. I keep telling my K teachers that the priority for me is that they love learning and feel brave as writers. I also tell them they have the hardest job in the district, except for maybe some of the 1-1 paras…

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  2. We also had nap time and the lovely chocolate milk and graham cracker snack. I remember kindergarten vividly, from clinging to my mother’s leg the first day to my favorite part of the morning.. story time. Thanks for being a kindergarten teacher. It’s not easy.

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  3. I feel the same way about sending my firsties on to second grade! We have to spend so much time on the social and emotional piece before we can get them to learn! I wish we did NOT have to do Report Cards that are so academically driven!

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