Due to glitches in this blogging software, I had to post this information separately:
One of my wonderful teachers, Tischann Nye Morse, expressed herself so well via email and agreed to share here:
There's so much more, but this is a good start! It's always something and usually many things at once which makes it very difficult to accomplish what you plan to do during your planning time. Being a "public servant" means that your time is considered "public property" and is not given the respectful distance it deserves in order for you to calmly and rationally set about accomplishing the things that need to be done. Add on the endless amount of spur-of-the-moment decisions, assignments, and time-wasters that are placed on us by administration, district, faculty, students and parents. It is a wonder we are able to accomplish as much as we do without going completely insane. A good teacher is an expert at prioritizing and accomplishing things in miniscule moments of precious time. And doing it with a smile, because you never know who is watching.
So true, so true. Hopefully sharing lists like these validates your gut sense that you are doing all you can to reach out and encourage collaborative planning. Perhaps more parents need to know what really happens during planning time.