Back to the Grind

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I must admit my favorite part of teaching is often the time I spend away from teaching.  Sad.  But true.  I was reluctant to go back to class today as I knew what awaited me: excuses for work undone, unruly behavior, classes to cover, teachers who are so negative (sometimes me) and students.  But wait, isn’t my job to deal with the students?  I was told last week, “I don’t know why teachers complain, they get so much time off”.  And that is true. We do get a lot of time off, at least days off.  I didn’t challenge this person, but we spend a lot of time during the year working, “off the clock” so to speak.

I was told two years ago the downtown administration was thinking of installing time clocks for teachers.  It seems many of our folks can’t get to work on time.  At first I was indignant, and then I thought, “Hey that would be great” if I got paid the hour.  Problem is I would have to install one at home and punch it every time I worked from home, I promise I would do much better.  Speaking of downtown, would it be such a bad thing to get some more subs.  I am getting tired of covering a class when it is my conference.  I know things are tough know in Midland, but really?  We need to do something to attract some folks to substitute teaching, wait, what am I thinking?  That is virtually impossible.  I would never want to substitute teach.

On a related topic, why do we have so many of us (teachers) are using so many days so early.  We get ten “sick” days a year and I swear we have some who must have taken ten already, not just older teachers with days built up, but younger or newer teachers who only have the minimum.  I need to take some of my days, but the problem is I have been out so much for school stuff, that I don’t feel like I can be out of the classroom for anything personal.  Oh well, we teachers only work a few days a year anyway.

And another thing, why do I feel like spending less time with other teachers?  I know, negativity.  We are so negative.  I noticed this over the Thanksgiving break, I was negative about everything.  I found the worst in things instead of the best.  I have to do better.  I don’t even want to be around myself sometimes.  It is so easy to be negative, and sometimes we have the right to be negative, but not all the time.  And if I am not going to try to do something about the problem, maybe I should just keep my mouth shut.  Mama always said, “If you can’t say something nice, then don’t say anything at all”.  I don’t subscribe to that theory in totality, sometimes you gotta say something that may not be too nice, but not as a way of life.  I need to do better.  I will work on that.

On a positive note, I have all my grading done, in the gradebook and distributed back to the kiddos.  I am working hard at trying to do this, the students deserve timely feedback, and sometimes I did a less than stellar job at this.  But today, I am king of the world.

Well, it does feel good to be back in the saddle, I just wish the time in the pasture had been longer. But we only have three weeks until a Christmas break, better get serious until then.  Better run and please read the awesome email I got from a former student. I posted it at, “Why I Teach”,check it out.  Until next time, peace. (And please leave some comments!)

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