Politics at work!
Monday, May 06, 2019
I hate politics but I especially hate them at work! So I have been teaching for 10 yrs. 6 yrs ago, I was sent to a training to learn how to be an AP teacher. AP is advanced placement. It is a college level course taught in high school. And if the students take an exam and do well, they could earn college credit depending on how well they do and where they go to college.
The training wasn't great but it didn't matter, I ended up not teaching that class that year. A year later, I went to another training during the summer. And 3 yrs ago and 2 yrs ago, I taught AP. I have repeatedly ask to have my conference at the time the other (experienced) AP teacher teaches the class so I can sit in and learn from him. The school has never done that.
There is a 3rd teacher who has more experience than me who the school has never been happy with her teaching and never wanted her to teach AP. Well, 3 yrs ago, my scores were lousy but the school expects that the first year. The second year was when I got my hives and I was out for 25+ days. The students never had a day where, even when sick, I didn't give them work to prepare them for the AP exam. BTW, the AP chem exam is considered the most difficult exam out of all the AP exams. So the 2nd year, the students weren't willing to work or do college level work independently. That year, there was a mutiny. Students tried to get me fired and when that didn't work, tried to get me to no longer teach AP. And when that didn't work, tried to say I was showing my bra to be taken out of the classroom and into "teacher" jail and not able to teach. The students said they felt it was better to not have a teacher/class then an "incompetent" teacher like me. The other AP teacher's students also complained to their friends how hard the course is and the following year, there were enough students for only 1 AP class. In the end, the students didn't bother to study for my AP exam and therefore didn't do well on the exam. But if they had studied, they had been taught all parts by me. Too bad for them. I had adequately prepared them.
Last year and this year, I wasn't asked to teach AP. But the AP teacher is retiring next year and we just assumed I would be taking over the program. I have even looked into taking Chem 101 at the local community college to bring my knowledge more current. Well, I was told today, the other chem teacher will be teaching AP next year. Now here is the kicker. She is retiring in 2 yrs. So she will be going to training this summer and then only teach it for 2 yrs. The school clearly doesn't want me to teach the subject. Fine by me. AP is a LOT of work!
I think the school is thinking that in 2 yrs, when the 2nd teacher retires, we have a fourth teacher who is 24 and been teaching for 2 yrs, will have enough experience to start teaching AP. The other teacher, who will be trained this summer, then said to me, well, you will help me learn how to teach it, right. Umm, NO. If the school doesn't feel I am qualified to teach then how can you want me to help you.
On one hand, I am relieved. It is so much more work! With no more pay. So why am I pissed? I am very happy teaching my lower level kids. But it is beyond a slap in the face!