If you haven't figured it out by now, I am a teacher by day, and a blogger by night. I knew that I wanted to link up with Jamie, Lindsey, Jenni, & Sarah for "Live & Learn Thursday" this week, but I wasn't sure I've learned anything recently. I sure do teach a lot (although, I'm not sure how much my students are actually learning.....).
Anyway, I decided to give you some advice from a teacher's point of view. Here are a few things you should never say to a teacher (be you a parent, student, or general human being).
1. "...but you have all summer off!"
Yes, this is true. This is a PERK of my job. This is also essential to my survival as a
somewhat sane person. Without this summer break, it is likely that I may commit murder lose my mind. I need this time to recuperate, regenerate, and refresh.
But don't be fooled. It's not like I sit at home all summer and eat bon-bons. This is the time where I actually do a semi-decent job at being a housewife: cleaning, cooking, etc. etc. I also start planning for the next school year, obsess over the dynamics of the class I will have, visit school at least once a week to start setting up my classroom, and so on and so forth.
2. "My [insert adult figure here] didn't put it in my backpack!"
First of all, child, your mom (dad/grandma/aunt/uncle/older sister) doesn't come to school in my classroom. YOU come to school. It was YOUR homework/book/permission slip/etc. It was YOUR responsibility to bring it back. (And YES, I told my students this even when I taught first grade. They've got to learn responsibility sometime!)
3. "Why didn't you see Tommy hit my child??"
Well, contrary to what I want students to believe. I don't have eyes in the back of my head. Kids are smart. Kids are sneaky. If Tommy wants to hit Bobby, he will not do it while I'm watching him. He will wait until my back is turned. The same goes for Susie pulling Annie's hair. Or Johnny throwing a paper air plane. Or Sally poking Susie with a pencil.
Would you do something you're not supposed to do while someone is watching you?
4. "Well then, why weren't you paying attention?"
Thank you for asking. I was doing one (or more) of the following: working on my lesson plans, writing on the board, addressing Susie pulling Annie's hair, hanging a bulletin board, assisting a student with a computer problem, filling out paper work for another discipline problem, helping Ernie with his math homework, counseling Sally and Sarah about the fight they're having, giving directions to the student who was absent yesterday and needed to make up a test/homework/in-class assignment, calling the nurse for a sick student, looking over the messed up class list that's supposed to be accurate BEFORE the state tests are administered, grading papers, entering grades, writing a progress report.....
I could go on.
5. "Teachers are overpaid."
First of all, I DO actually love my job. I DID NOT go into teaching for the money. Anyone who becomes a teacher knows better. I'm actually quite happy with my salary, but please do not tell me that I'm over paid.
Instead...come walk a day in my (sometimes high heeled) shoes. The list above just barely scratches the surface of all of the things that I am trying to accomplish every day. I bring work home. I have laid awake at night trying to sleep but have remained awake thinking of how to make a lesson better, wondering why my students are so disrespectful, wishing I knew how to reach them, realizing that I forgot x amount of things that I still need to do before school starts tomorrow (and then deciding that I'd better get up early).
Then I have to try to teach 20 students at a time who all have different learning styles, abilities, and problems of their own.
AND I'm also supposed to make sure these 20 different individuals learn the exact same thing in the same amount of time and all before the state tests on which part of my teaching performance is based.
Once you do that, you can tell me I'm over paid.
I would also like to clarify that this is not a complaining post. It is intended to be informative, sarcastic, and somewhat funny.
So did this teacher teach YOU something today?! :)