Sunday, August 01, 2010

I have to say that I hate it when people find out that I'm a teacher and they say, "You are so lucky to have the summer off! And still get paid!" Reality is that we do NOT get paid for summer work unless we take on something extra. We CHOOSE to have our pay spread out over the summer rather than receive it each payday. This helps the town/city/state collect interest and stay afloat over the course of the year.

I began my summer break on June 28. 4 weeks and 4 days later, I'm in the midst of school work beginning again. I savor this time to be able to research new topics and learn new exciting things to share with my students. I'm learning new music, researching cultures beyond our own, and spending lots of time and money planning great and exciting adventures for learning for the coming year.

Summer is a time for renewal. Renewal is far from sitting around and doing nothing. I love what I do for a career and I love sharing my life and learning with my students. A real teacher spends real time and real money and real effort to forge ahead for the sake of his/her students. It is all good. It is all exciting. The only part that hurts and is frustrating are the comments from those who have never "been there" or "done that." They don't know what it is to teach and to believe so deeply in education that one is willing to spend a piece of many many paychecks to purchase things for students whose parents either can't afford it or for a classroom of kids because the town/city/state is broke.

I love my job, my career, my KIDS! I KNOW I have touched lives of young children and that those children have grown to be incredible adults with incredible careers of their own. They contact me and thank me as adults looking back upon their childhood education and experiences. It is all good and it's all beautiful and it's all important. I could not ever hope for more than the day when a student comes back to talk to you and thank you for your work or openly credits you online or in public for your influence in their lives. That's what it is all about....touching lives and shaping children who grow to be very special and very unique adults who create such goodness for humankind.

And that is why I do what I do. I recently had 3 students openly credit their time with me as paramount in shaping their careers in music and film. Life is good. Very very good.
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    emoticon feeling....isn't it?

    When I moved into my house-I became the "pied piper" to the neighbor kids, mostly under 5 yr old. I worked nights & was home days until about 6pm everyday.

    I loved having each of them share in many of my activities: gardening, cutting the grass, coloring under the trees, planting flowers, playing with the dog, reading stories or just goofing off.

    Years later, I was working outside when a car pulled into my driveway & a young man got out. He asked if I remembered who he was....he just stopped to let me know "what a difference I had made in his life". He hugged me...then soon he was gone.

    Each one of those kids were special in their own ways & I am happy that I was able to add to some of the positiveness in their young lives!

    Keep up your awesome work ~ as you will touch the lives of many.
    3803 days ago
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    Well, first let me say.... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I was always active in our parent groups when my girls were in school. It always amazes me how you can keep control and get the job done! I think teacher's pay is absolutely ridiculous compared with what you accomplish. Here you are responsible for our future and yet they constantly layoff, fight contract improvements, stomp on budgets for supplies. My grand kids have art from a roller cart. They didn't have an extra room for art so the art teacher rolls her cart to each class room. My daughter's BF just got rehired after worrying for weeks. It's just not right. Oops! I went on and on. It's just a subject that gets to me. Thank you for being there for our young minds! Ginger
    3828 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/2/2010 9:43:11 AM
    emoticon I can relate to what you are saying. Nothing is for nothing! emoticon
    3828 days ago
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