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correction

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Island Teachers are on the brink of crisis, and if you look at what is happening both inside and outside of PEI classrooms, it’s easy to understand why:

class composition

Rather than being held back, students advance a grade before they’re ready and become the next year teacher’s responsibility to get them up to speed. This is leading to multiple lesson plans happening all at once, and holding other students back.

paperwork

Rather than being held back, students advance a grade before they’re ready and become the next year teacher’s responsibility to get them up to speed. This is leading to multiple lesson plans happening all at once, and holding other students back.

resources

Rather than being held back, students advance a grade before they’re ready and become the next year teacher’s responsibility to get them up to speed. This is leading to multiple lesson plans happening all at once, and holding other students back.

social media

Rather than being held back, students advance a grade before they’re ready and become the next year teacher’s responsibility to get them up to speed. This is leading to multiple lesson plans happening all at once, and holding other students back.

Never before have Teachers been so heavily leaned upon from society, while simultaneously being shown so little respect and gratitude.

The lack of respect is causing teachers to second-guess their choices. Of the Island Teachers surveyed:

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Over 50% don’t feel respected by the public.

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Over 43% wouldn’t recommend Teaching as a profession to a younger generation.

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During their first five years of teaching, over 64% contemplate leaving the profession.

The quality of the education our teachers deliver is directly linked to the support they receive, and as a province, we’ve fallen off track.

It’s time for a

course

correction

fact check:
a lesson in checking assumptions

Teachers get paid summers off.

Teachers get paid for the school year only. Many opt to have their paychecks broken down into equal installments over a 52 week period, so that they will receive income during the summer months.

Teachers only work from 8am to 3pm and never work weekends.

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Teaching is easy.

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Anyone can be a teacher.

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Classrooms operate the same as they did when parents were in school.

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Teachers have a lot of down time during the day.

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Students always behave.

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Teachers only worry about their students while they’re in school.

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If teachers are good at what they do, student grades and test scores should be good, too.

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Those who can…do. Those who can’t…teach.

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reach a

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The PEI Teacher’s Federation wants to ensure that all parent or legal guardian concerns are dealt with in a timely manner. If you need to connect with your child’s teacher, you can find their contact information at the school directory.

The PEI Teacher’s Federation commits that our members will respond to you within a 24 hr period to either address your concern in their response email, or schedule a phone call where you can discuss the matter in more detail at the Teacher’s earliest convenience.

Teacher’s want nothing more than to ensure Parents are in the know about all things happening within the classroom, however due to the nature of the profession, it is challenging to find time during the workday to reply to emails or take phone calls.

 

Please consider the following before contacting and while waiting for a response from your child’s teacher:

1. Remember that Teachers teach between 30-90 students per day, and you may not be the only parent looking to connect with your child’s teacher.

2. The Teacher’s primary focus during school hours are their students. So, it’s important to temper expectations on a Teacher’s response while class is in session. Also, many Teachers are involved in organizing extra-curricular activities for students after school (sports, performing arts, extra-help, etc.) and are not always unavailable immediately after school. Please trust that the Teacher will respond to you as soon as possible.

3. It is never acceptable to message a Teacher directly using social media, nor is it acceptable to openly criticize or defame them online.

4. Teachers want the very best for their students, and this often means being supported by their student’s Parents. Your attitude at home will directly influence your child’s attitude at school.