Extra work hampers teachers from doing their crucial jobs

As a city public school teacher starting his 10th year, it is disheartening to have additional paperwork given to us to complete. While it is important to have ongoing student assessments throughout the school year, there is only so much a teacher can do to assess students.

When do we have the time to actually teach if we are mired down in all this extra paperwork? We seem to be asked by the city Department of Education to do more. We, as teachers, are professionals dedicated to helping our students achieve their best.

We also have heard the word “accountability” being mentioned a lot. That is fine, but does accountability apply only to teachers or does it also apply to the DOE administrators and supervisors?

For accountability to be successful, teachers, principals, supervisors and parents must be included.

John Amato

Fresh Meadows

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