“You are so lucky to be a teacher, you get the summer off!”
Rolls eyes at the ignorance of the statement above. Then proceeds to enlighen the uneducated…As a teacher, lunches are barely 30 minutes and hope that an emergency doesn’t arise during that time because then it turns to 10 minutes (people often wonder why I eat so fast). Also, it is hard to take off during the school year or even leave a little early one day to go to an appointment. Most jobs, you can finish the work when you return or depend on a partner to finish the project, or even the option of working from home! As a teacher we have to find a sub to cover our class, create the lessons that need to be taught, and not take off too many days because that will cut into the paycheck.
Teachers also deal with the mass public. From students, parents, other staff, and community members, we are in constant communication with all people of all backgrounds at all times. It can be very chaotic with dealing with so many people who demand a lot of your time.
This is not a complaint. It is a blessing to be entrusted and regarded in a high manner. For others to trust you with their child, education & tax dollars. To encourage you when you have burn-out moments, and to be a representative and pillar of the community.
Being a teacher means, being a well-rounded individual.
3 C’s on Positives to being a Teacher
- Code-switching; persuading your audience in the most effective way to get your point across. It can be very difficult to get people to see your way of thinking, as a teacher we differentiate depending on the needs of the child to reach their level of understanding. Depending on my audience, I decide how they can relate and receive my message. I don’t speak to my class in the same manner I speak to a group of parents, or staff members, or my grandmother.
- Compassion is something gained through experience. Sometimes our social circles only consist of limited backgrounds. When you are a teacher, especially a public school teacher, you encounter people from all socioeconomic backgrounds, cultures, religions, beliefs, and practices. Some of the greatest people I have met or able to learn something from were people not in my immediate circle, but some only introduced because of my association with the school. By serving them and listening to their needs, we are molded into more compassionate individuals.
- Creativity! Able to create authentic learning experiences for each interaction with each individual. Like I mentioned before, it is important to differentiate in the classroom for the different learning styles of your class. Each person is different and the more we can connect and treat people the way they want to be treated the better we can come to understanding a lot of concepts or at least, accept people where they are and have fun.
All this is good, but also can be exhausting. Which is why the summer is my recovery and recharging time. I can stay in the bed later, have more think time, collaborate with other colleagues, make appointments, and RELAX. Vacation, pool, beach, reading tons of books, getting crazy nails, attending concerts, alone time, daytime naps, having an HOUR LUNCH break, quality time with friends and family I may not be able to spend that much time with in the school year. These things and more make a great summer, and for me, this teacher had a great one. Thank God for this summer and blessings on the new school year. To all the educators out there, remember to take breaks when needed and do ‘ya thang at your school. To all the non-educators, thank a teacher. Without them, you wouldn’t have a job/career. Let that sink in…
Teachers need their summer. Judgement free. Okay?!😜
Peace & Blessings,
10th year Teacher