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Monday, 21 May 2012
I Remember When....
The BTA Blog Jennifer Heighton May 21, 2012
I remember when:
The counsellor had enough time to come into our rooms and
lead lessons on anti-bullying or class meetings or whatever issue needed
addressing as a group, plus enough time to see kids individually.
We had a school nurse, even for one day per week.
We had a teacher’s assistant to help with photocopying,
preparing for art projects (cutting 100 stocking shapes from fabric!), making
booklets, laminating…the list goes on.
We had clean classrooms on days that the custodian was
absent, because replacement custodians were sent in.
There was enough learning support time to get regular
support for grey area kids too.
If you had three designated kids in intermediate, your
maximum class size would be 27 (30 minus three), so you could end up with 25 (to
allow room for new kids). And this did happen – seriously.
We did not have a TOC shortage problem.
Cost-of-TOC for discretionary days was about $180 (prior
to 2005), not $312 that it is today.
Librarians could work at one school, instead of having to
take on two or more schools for full-time work.
There was a gifted program at each school where a teacher
would provide enrichment to gifted students, once or twice per week.
Paperwork for learning support (ex. IEPs) did not require
a time-consuming, crash-prone program like BCeSIS. Instead, hand-printed or
simple word-processing would do fine.
Teachers were not as stressed, because the needs of their
classes were not as great, since many kids were getting the extra emotional or
academic help they needed. Maybe it is not our ‘demographic’ changing. Maybe
what we are seeing today is the result of ten years of cuts?