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Is it ever a REAL day off?

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I'm a teacher and when people tell me it must be great to have summers off I just about want to choke. Sorry, but it happened last night. For those of you unaware I work hard all year long. Who do you think bleaches and washes the used lab coats (I teach biology) so they are clean and fresh the following year? Who do you think goes in twice a week to her classroom to defrost the Biology supplies refrigerator and take care of the many fish tanks that I have the students study throughout the year? When do you think I rewrite curricula? Read new books and articles to potentially use in the classroom? Plan new lessons for the ones that didn't work quite so well? Record video lectures for students who need to hear it over again? Sorry....I am venting! I know I have the luxury of not having to formally go into an office and I certainly don't work 9-5 but I don't put my career on hold for two months.

OK, now that it's off my chest I also discovered something else today. I didn't exercise today. A little sore from yesterday's three mile jog and a need to give my body a chance to acclimate to the new summer heat caused me to take a day midweek and allow my body to rest. I did take the kids out to get their summer reading books and we stopped at a park to run around and play. I did eat a burger but I said no to the fries and Coke I normally would have downed with it. In other words, even a day off isn't a day off. I am committed to this. I realized it this morning, before the burger, when I opted for an Egg Beaters and asparagus omelet with no cheese over a pork roll, egg, and cheese sandwich. So, onward we go!

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    I'm a retired teacher so I feel your pain. In my county, teacher workshops were scheduled all summer long. They required the teachers to attend and wanted to pay them $8.50/hour. What a joke that was! Later they were forced by our union to pay teachers their normal hourly rate.

    My friend and his wife saved up for a whole year in order to go on a cruise one summer - they were going to go to Alaska. (He taught Social Studies and liked to visit places so he could tell his students about them) They bought their tickets and were set to go at the end of June after school let out for the summer. The vice principal at our school decided that my friend should cancel his plans so he could go to a workshop. The workshop was also offered in August,the time which my friend planned to attend. When he refused to alter his plans, the VP put a letter of reprimand in his folder (his tickets for the cruise weren't refundable either and the VP knew this)

    I often worked 80+ hours per week - evenings, weekends and holidays. I also went in during the summer and tried to work in my classroom but sometimes it was rented out and I couldn't do any work at school. I loved my job or I never would have put up with the ridiculous hours and demands of the school and the parents. Anyone who says teachers have the whole summer off, doesn't know a thing about the current state of the public school system!
    1630 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/27/2013 6:14:05 PM
    emoticon Thank you for opening my eyes to all that teachers do behind the scenes.
    1631 days ago
    Sounds like you're a GREAT teacher! It's a real shame that people don't understand how much work our teachers do behind the scenes. Thank you!
    1631 days ago
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