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Teachers Volunteer Free Hours.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

I read a blog by Kim--Possible who was mentioning all she had accomplished in one day in July. Among her many tasks was painting shelves and driving them to her classroom to get ready for school beginning in August. Working on your classroom on unpaid time is typical for teachers. Summer break should be time off to give our families and households attention, but usually this "break" gets interrupted by workshops and recertification classes. I have to move to another classroom this week (July 23). I'll pay gasoline to drive to another city and back home for 2 unpaid days of lugging boxes and file cabinet contents. If you work for a school system, you can relate to the hours we put in beyond school days. I keep track of hours. For every month of school, I put in the hours of 5 (40-hr.) weeks. "Summer vacation" is just "comp time" for hours we didn't get paid. We whine to each other and encourage each other and come back ready to teach new kids another year.
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  • no profile photo CD11477432
    And our troops volunteer their lives. I admire both teachers and our military.

    I'm a grandfather. My 5th grade grandson lives with us and I do what I can to help the school and the teachers. Parents definitely need to be more involved instead of just creating problems.

    Lew
    3185 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1300371
    You are SO spot on. The amount of time we work OUTSIDE of our work days is insane. We need the short time we have in summer to recuperate, and yet we rarely take that time to get the rest we truly need to be ready for the next year.
    3185 days ago
  • SLIMLILA
    I put in just as much time when I was teaching, but, now I envy you all. Be thankful you have a job, I've been without one since I left under stress a year ago May. I've had a student break my arm on an aboriginal reserve and another one assault me with a stick. I was horribly bullied by another teacher at my last job and the principal was on her side. No, of course, i don't want to repeat those horrid events, but I would love to have the job and be with the kids....and teach more 10 y.o.'s how to read, the ones who'd been given up on by bullying teachers

    And I do agree with the other comments, wouldn't it be great if parents did have to volunteer and see what teaching is really like..
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    3186 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2704340
    The general public has no idea how hard teachers work. I think every parent and tax payer should be required to substitute teach for one week, sort of like jury duty. Then perhaps we would be more appreciated!

    It's a good thing we love our jobs! That being said, I plead with all teachers to please take care of yourselves! The healthy lifestyle we practice here at Sparkpeople is so important!

    I hope you take some time for yourself--you deserve it!
    :O) Patti


    3186 days ago
  • KIM--POSSIBLE
    It is frustrating to have to work so hard during our summer "break" and spend our own money to purchase materials. If I don't, though, there is no way I could have my classroom ready. I hear people complain that we "get too many workdays", but with no planning time, that is the only time I have to get things done without students. Our 5 workdays before school starts this year will be almost completely taken up with meetings and training for our transition to the common core, so the only time to get the room ready , plan for open house, prepare lessons and create a whole new pacing guide is now.
    3186 days ago
  • NYGHTWISH
    This is so true! I work 12+ hours a day through the school year and it doesn't stop when June hits. I've already spent close to $200 on projects, books, and materials I'll need for next year. And I don't know a single person outside of the school system that thinks I earned my summer off. "Must be nice" they say. Grrr.
    3186 days ago
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