Teach one class. Please. Just one.
If you work anywhere in PPS and hold a valid teaching certificate, please volunteer to teach one class next fall in a school that really needs it. Help reduce overcrowding in the classes. Volunteer to pick up a section of history. Or math. Maybe Spanish?
Almost 300 of our colleagues have received furlough notices. What a sad era this is. We all have to sacrifice. We all need to stick together. Teachers are being told to expect increases in class size. 35 in a class. Maybe 37 or even 38. Yet somehow we're supposed to reach every child, differentiate, give detailed feedback and regular meaningful formative assessments, maintain up-to-date grades and attendance, address racial equity, learn all names within the first week, be empowered and more.
We're already struggling. Next year will be worse. Help. Pitch in. Please.
Teach one class.
Devote an hour of your work day to teaching a forty minute class, prepping, and grading. Choose the school. Ask the building leadership team where your efforts would be most helpful. Ninth grade mainstream bio? Seventh grade language arts? Fourth grade phys ed?
Building principals, please join in. Teach one class.
Central office administrators, please do your part. Teach one class.
Union officials not still in the classroom, please help out, too. Teach one class.
Dr. Lane? Will you teach one?
Dr. Otuwa and Dr. French? Will you teach one?
Dr. Lippert? Will you teach one?
Sam Franklin and Kim Basinger? Will you teach one?
Nina Esposito? Will you teach one?
Who else will help? Is it you?
Help alleviate the burden of next year's budget cuts. Let's all work together. We're all educators. We're all in this together.
Please. Just one.
Teach one class.
What do you say?