The following is a submission from an educator as part of the Your Soapbox feature, which explores the experiences of educators in North Carolina through their own words. Check out more first person stories here, or if you are an educator, submit your own.
Media Specialists teaching classes
I am not alone, but I’m using my voice now, so thanks for the soapbox.
I am a Media Specialist in a middle school that due to class sizes and mis-managed districting has to teach three regular classes a day + continue to care for the media center + handle when classes visit the media center DURING my class + all the day to day technology stuff handed to the Media Spec because most school DON’T hire technology specialists to handle it.
If it was a class of four or five kids, I probably wouldn’t complain, but I have rosters as large as 19 (not huge compared to some classes I’m sure) but I have to juggle it all.
I don’t have meaningful time to help kids find books that fit them. I don’t have time to work with teachers to create meaningful, student-centered research projects that moves them through CC standards. I don’t have time to get in to classrooms to do book talks or teach about plagiarism or research methods.
I want to be a Media Specialist again, not a teacher with a media center.