Teachers’ Jobs

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5 thoughts on “Teachers’ Jobs”

  1. adjunct duty (being at student events because we have to oversee them, not because we want to encourage our students)
    submit letters every year to justify yearly events that have been approved for years
    honors/AP nights
    oversee students at pep and other assemblies
    proctor standardized testing
    safeguard all the materials for standardized testing
    know procedures for all emergencies (earthquake, fire, intruder, etc.)
    explain emergency procedures to students
    oversee emergency drills
    enforce tardy rules
    enforce cell phone and other devices rules
    oversee students in hallways during passing periods

    BTW, I recognize some of these jobs as essential, but they are still teachers’ jobs.

    1. It is there buried under roll call. It is an amazing list. It is loaded with admin. kind of work. It is missing the part where we connect to other staff and students. The part of us that is the cheerleader for students helping them see themselves as others view them–their creative potential waiting to blossom.
      There is so much to this profession. It is truly an act of love to dedicate yourself to teaching. For many it is a paycheck but for great teachers its a calling.
      Thank you for being called. The world is better for your time in the classroom even on your worst days. You offer students an opportunity to be themselves with someone who cares in a system fraught with admin jobs that take us away from teaching.

  2. Good post, Kate.

    When I started teaching, I was in the go along to get along group (Just trying to be accepted–volunteer for anything), then the paycheck group (just working for the money). Now I am in the calling group.

    Teachers sometimes say “I don’t care how much you know, until I know how much you care.” Well now that I actually care about doing my job well, I have a twist on that: “I don’t care how much you know about Tebow, until I know how much you care about your job.” I ain;t here for the bread and circuses anymore. I am here to teach kids well.

  3. That’s pretty funny Bryce–I teach them how to make bread and we execute a circus every couple of years. Literally. We didn’t have Tebow at FSU, we have the Flying High Circus which half of my staff are in or have been members of. But, we all have the calling.

    You have to be to work our hours–before and after school. Our purpose is to provide the kind of teaching that fosters life long learning and relationship skills. And I am grateful for every little and big kid trying to learn Mvskoke with me on Wed. afternoons.

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