*I can’t believe this coming week is my “last” week of summer. Holy Cross (my new school) has two weeks of orientations between new faculty orientation (which I obviously have to attend), regular back to school faculty stuff, and various student orientations. So, I’m back to work as of Monday the 14th and the classes begin on August 28th. Despite MD signing a law that states all schools will now begin after Labor Day, Holy Cross is one of the school’s that filed an exemption so we start before Labor Day. In all fairness, I’m not mad about it, I have three weeks off at Christmas and two weeks off for Easter. Public schools have a week at Christmas and a 4 day weekend for Easter this year. I’ll take longer breaks over going back after Labor Day.
I had a post scheduled for today but I decided to postpone it for a small PSA.
I love this time of the year for many reasons; like my birthday, mine and Devon’s anniversary, etc.
But, I also hate it because there is always so much teacher bashing that happens now. Between parents complaining up and down about the school supply lists and about how teachers don’t do their jobs; it’s hard to hear being an educator, especially right before the beginning of a new year where we should all be coming back refreshed and energized for a new year.
Devon shared an article with me yesterday (that I also shared on my personal Facebook page) about how “Teachers suck…”
Don’t let the title fool you; it’s not dogging teachers, like so many others do. It’s explaining what we do other than teach all day long. Teaching isn’t as simple as walking in the door and teaching a lesson and then leaving for the day. You have to plan the lessons you’re doing (because most teachers have more than one class/content/subject/etc), you have planning for extra-curricular activities you run, you have meetings to go to, mandatory trainings to attend, PAPERWORK OUT THE ASS, mandates to follow, testing to prepare for, observations to prepare for….
And teachers do all of that along with teaching students, listening to them, caring for them, trying to help them be decent people.
The school day is roughly 7-8 hours.
A teachers typical day is roughly 10-12 hours.
And even still, at the end of the day, we’re not done; we’re mainly just going home because we’re tired and need to eat and see our families.
But we all do this every day because we genuinely love what we do. There are parts we don’t like (like mountains of paperwork designated to us by people that have never taught a day in their lives) but what we like outweighs the annoyances.
Yes, I know, I’m not a “teacher”; no, I don’t create lesson plans everyday and stand in front of a room of 30 people and teach hours on end everyday.
I am a school counselor.
While I have a different job description, I’m still an educator; a teacher is an educator; we’re all in this together.
Devon and I were talking about this over breakfast yesterday. There are parts of his job that are easier than mine; there are parts of my job that are easier than his.
For instance, I couldn’t make four lesson plans and teach 4 classes of 30+ 7th graders all day and he couldn’t listen to students cry, rant, complain, etc, all day.
But we’re both educators, at the end of the day, we want to teach students, help them, and do what we can to make sure they become decent human beings.
So every year, around this time of the year, we see this and it makes us both nuts. And all I ask of anyone at the end of the day, is to try and understand your teacher or your child’s teacher. Yes, your child is special to you, as they should be. They are also special to their teacher, but every other student in that teacher’s room is also special and that teacher is trying to make sure every student feels special.
An educator is only one person; just as you as a parent do the best you can every day, the teacher is also doing the best they can every day with what they have. They won’t be perfect every day but they are trying. It’s okay to have a discussion with a teacher when something happens you don’t like; you’re a parent, it’s your job to make sure your child is well cared for at school.
But belittling a teacher/educator and making it seem like their job is insignificant isn’t okay.
We are in this profession because we love it. We love seeing our students everyday (even those that frustrate us), we love seeing them grow, watching them finally get that concept that they’ve been struggling with, seeing them make a good choice or help someone else that they might not have before. It’s why we’re willing to spend 10-12 hours a day at work and likely doing more work at home and why we’re willing to spend so much of our own money on our classrooms/offices for doing activities, parties, etc.
Teaching used to be one of the most respected professions in this country. Back in the day, if you said you were a teacher, you would get the “wow, that’s amazing!” reaction. You say you’re a teacher now and a lot of the time it’s “wow…..that’s….something” and looks of pity and feigning sympathy.
We don’t really want sympathy. Like I said, we love our jobs (most of the time). It would just be nice for people to understand, we’re doing the best we can with what we have and no matter how many new mandates are thrown on us or how much paperwork we drown in, we’re going to keep doing that for our students and your children.
As I step off my soapbox now, I just want to ask all parents to try to remember that your child’s teacher does care about your child and does want what is best for them. IF we can all work together, we can help all of our kids be amazing young people and eventually amazing adults.
Remember how when I got my new Erin Condren Hourly Planner for the school year, I mentioned I tried out some of the new accessories, too?
Well, I’ve also received a second order of accessories since then since they added to their school accessories section. With a new school, one must have cute new accessories to decorate my new desk with, am I right?
I’m finally going to show off all the goods that I’ve gotten from Erin Condren recently, and I’ve gotta tell you….I’m really excited about these new goodies!
*We spent most of yesterday at Devon’s Mom’s house for an early birthday celebration for me. It became tradition that she made her kids her famous paella for their birthdays and the past couple of years, she’s made it for mine too, which is very sweet of her. It is also unbelievably delicious. Between that, biscuits and a delicious 7-Up cake that she makes it made for an amazing birthday dinner.
*Devon also had a tux fitting for one of his best friend’s who is getting married on Thanksgiving weekend yesterday while we were out with his mom. This friend is also one of Devon’s groomsmen. It is going to be extremely weird seeing him in a tux. He’s always told me I’ll only see him in a suit once, which would be our wedding day; now I get to see him in one twice; this should be fun…for me. Now, I just need to figure out what I’m wearing to this wedding. So much pressure.
*I now have two weeks remaining of summer before I have to go back to work. Part of me is obviously really excited then there is another part that is going “OMG SUMMER IS OVER!” Frankly, once my birthday hits, for me, summer can be over; I’m good. But now I’m also seeing all of the things that I wanted to do that hasn’t been done yet, so I have a pretty long to-do list that I’m trying to see if I can get at least half-way done before I go back.
*One of the things is I desperately need to clean out my closets. I actually made a donation pick-up appointment with the Salvation Army to give me motivation to get everything cleared out. They will be here on August 7th, so it gives me about a week to purge everything I’m wanting to get rid of.
*OH and last but not least, I made a wedding dress try-on appointment for next Saturday!! I doubt I’m going to buy anything, but I really just need to see how dresses look on me. I haven’t put on a dress in years, since I hate them, and while I can look in a magazine, it doesn’t mean I know what these dress shapes will look like on my body. Hopefully, I can find at least a couple silhouettes that I like to pursue further.
Hope everyone had a great weekend!
As I mentioned last week, I accepted a Counselor position for the next school year.
With my beloved school closing, life has been pretty up in the air, which has been unbelievably uncomfortable for me. If you’ve ever lost your job or been laid off, you probably understand the feeling all too well. It’s scary not knowing what is going to happen or whether or not you’re going to be able to support your home/family.
That pretty much consumed the majority of my thoughts the past few months.
Some people would probably say I was lucky to have as much notice as I did about the school closing. In case you missed it previously, we learned our school was closing in October, so we had about 8 months before the end of the year, which should have been “plenty of time”.
For some of the faculty, it was; for those of us who have a fewer available positions, it’s not necessarily plenty of time. For school counselors, especially in Maryland, openings are pretty infrequent and when there is an opening, you’re usually one of at least 200 applicants.
So the pool is huge and the opportunities are few.