|And don't forget|
There are always lots of people who act as if teaching is a cushy job and that anyone who is a teacher took the easy way out in regard to working. To hear some people talk, teachers make way more money than they deserve and have a cake schedule, and therefore really shouldn't complain about anything. I have heard this kind of thinking from well-educated business people as well as blue collar people. Why the hate friends?
Rather than start a debate, I thought I would just throw out some points and let those who think being a teacher is easy have some food for thought. And for the rest of us who know better, we can make smug faces and say things like "Yeah! What do you think about that!"
When you have to go to the bathroom, you just get up and go. You take as long as you need. You don't have to wait for any special assigned time. Heaven forbid you are having some stomach issues, you can go back and forth as much as you need. You don't have to take a day off from work just to have freedom to use the bathroom. (caveat - if you are going to stink up the work bathroom all day, just know your co-workers are completely going to talk about you and say mean things; consider taking the day off).
|The obtuse and difficult|
must be treated with
kindness at all times.
When you take your lunch break, you typically get an hour - give or take a few minutes. You don't get 45 minutes, 10 of which are spent delivering and picking up your class from the lunchroom. There's no give or take a few minutes, you are due back right on time, every time. Don't forget to fit in going to the bathroom. And doesn't everyone love to eat microwaved lunch from home every. single. day. and never get the chance or have enough time to go out to lunch? Remember, some schools are not in good neighborhood, you can't always even take a walk to get some fresh air.
People making six-figure salaries (and higher)...how many of you have only a bachelor's degree? For teachers to make any amount of money they have to at least have a master's degree. Many have a master's plus 30 or 60 and they have dual certification in their field. Some even have doctorates. Regardless of education and seniority, you would be hard put to find many teachers making six-figure salaries.
If you are a supervisor of any nature...when you make a presentation to your employees they either listen or pretend to listen. They do not talk over you. They do not throw things at each other. They do not make fart noises or actually fart or burp. When you are making your major point during your presentation, no one yells out and waves their hand around (distracting the people paying attention) and asks if they can go to the bathroom. When you are done presenting or sharing important information or directions, no one asks if they have to know it for the test. Everyone you are speaking to gets that you are telling them stuff they need to know.
If someone at work were to actually do any of the above-listed things you could totally call them on it. You wouldn't have to worry about injuring their self-esteem. As long as you don't drop the f-bomb, you're probably okay. No employee who has been fairly reprimanded will bring their mother in to yell at you and call you a liar and tell you that you are picking on their kid.
|A test? So then, I should|
write this down?
I assume I am making my point. Being a teacher is hard. And remember, these highly educated people pick to do it because they like it and want to help educate children and make the world a better place. Hhmmm, when I say it like that it kind of makes teachers sound like big, tree-hugging, stuck up geeks who think they are better than we are. I mean they are and everything, but I don't think we need it rubbed in our faces that their job is pretty much more important than most other jobs (even though no one admits it). Come on, you think your doctor taught himself to tell you it's just stress and you're fine and that you're not having a heart attack and quit calling the office 100 times a day? No. A teacher taught him that.