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7 thoughts on “Request for Advice”

  1. It’s important to decide in your own mind what you can and cannot do. Then stick to it. I wouldn’t offer to make life easier for them and harder for you. If you want to show that you are not being adamant and inflexible, you might suggest making levels 4/5 a mixed class, which many people have done, simply using alternate materials every other year. If they don’t want to hire a teacher that’s needed, let them explain to parent why their children can’t take Latin. When the parents start applying pressure, they may decide that they do need another teacher.

  2. About 4 years ago we had a very passionate Latin teacher at our school. She was able to build her Latin classes so large that she had started training one of the Spanish teachers to teach Latin 1. I think that particular Spanish teacher ended up teaching to full classes of Latin 1.
    Fast forward to today and both those teachers have moved on to other places and our Latin program is much smaller now. I remember those 2 teachers working very closely together and the Spanish teacher loved teaching Latin….this worked for them and the students.
    Just an idea…

    1. I had a similar situation several years ago. One of our math teachers had done an exchange program and studied in Berlin. For a couple of years he taught beginning German for me and thoroughly loved it, and the students did well with him. (He had not had a methods of teaching foreign languages course, so I dragged him to some TPRS workshops. They made a lot of sense to him, and he simply taught the way I coached him. It helped that he loved to tell stories anyway.) Then he transferred to another school, and now my program is severely impacted.
      So, if there is someone around who can pick up some of the load, even if they are teaching out of their credential area for one or two classes, that can be very beneficial to everyone – as long as you find the right person.

  3. Larry Hendricks

    I once had to commute between two different schools myself, Jeff, for one semester. But I certainly didn’t have the workload you have. I agree with James and Judy. You have to decide what your boundaries are and communicate them. If you don’t establish your own boundaries, then others will do it for you. Isn’t there a legal limit to the size of your classes?

  4. Jeffery Brickler

    Thank you so much for your responses here. I had a meeting with my Admins and they seemed open to the idea of hiring someone. We really need it. My mental health has suffered tremendously. I will explain in the other post about “over the legal limit.”

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