I’m back to teaching
And it really sucks
But not because of the workload
The kids as usual
Are awesome and fun
I really love being in the classroom
But the sad and true facts
Are I am teaching
Who cannot count
Who cannot add up ten plus ten
Who cannot count to fifty.
I am teaching students
Who have been lost
By the education departments
Trying to catch them up
All they have missed out on
Seven plus years of work
It’s too easy to blame the primary schools
And I tell you, it’s not their fault.
Teachers try their best, where ever they are
It doesn’t matter what inteventions.
There is so little funding for those who fall behind
There is so little help in a class of over twenty.
We all do our best
Spend hours in planning
And devising the lessons that
We hope will allow
A struggling child to
See and link into
Their own knowledge.
But we fail all the time
Or perhaps we just don’t succeed
And then what about these children
They either act out
And then get suspended
Or are silent
And struggle on their own.
My heart bleeds for these souls
That struggle in class
To understand basic communications.
The world in that classroom
Is not understood.
How differently wired are their brains?
And I wonder why
When what did not work before
Is simply what we try again.
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