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« on: March 24, 2014, 06:07:06 PM »

Common Core =
A Teachers Letter

I have watched as my job requirements swung away from a focus on the children, their individual learning styles, emotional needs, and their individual families, interests and strengths to a focus on testing, assessing, and scoring young children, thereby ramping up the academic demands and pressures on them.

Each year, I have been required to spend more time attending classes and workshops to learn about new academic demands that smack of 1stand 2ndgrade, instead of kindergarten and PreK. 
I have needed to schedule and attend more and more meetings about increasingly extreme behaviors and emotional needs of children in my classroom;
I recognize many of these behaviors as children shouting out to the adults in their world, “I can’t do this!  Look at me!  Know me!  Help me!  See me!” 
I have changed my practice over the years to allow the necessary time and focus for all the demands coming down from above.  Each year there are more. 
Each year I have had less and less time to teach the children I love in the way I know best—and in the way child development experts recommend. 
I reached the place last year where I began to feel I was part of a broken system that was causing damage to those very children I was there to serve.

I was trying to survive in a community of colleagues who were struggling to do the same: 
to adapt and survive, to continue to hold onto what we could, and to affirm what we believe to be quality teaching for an early childhood classroom. 
I began to feel a deep sense of loss of integrity. 
I felt my spirit, my passion as a teacher, slip away. 
I felt anger rise inside me. 
I felt I needed to survive by looking elsewhere and leaving the community I love so dearly. 
I did not feel I was leaving my job.  I felt then and feel now that my job left me.

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