Wednesday, July 01, 2009
I won't apologize
I'm a teacher and too often I read or get the remarks about how nice it is to have summer off and a long Christmas break and how my day ends at 3:00 and so on and so on...
I won't apologize for those things. Those things are very, very nice. I don't want to preach either. I do want my friends and family to know what it is that I do so when I write about my summer off you understand that I deserve it.
Here's a typical day in the life of a 6th grade teacher who teachers all subjects
5:00 - 7:00 am Get up, have quiet time, exercise, dog duty, breakfast, coffee, get daughters up, leave for school
7:20 - 8:05 Sort graded work (graded the night before), finalize lesson plans for the day
8:05 - 3:15 Actual school day. I get 45 minutes of planning. Twice a week I have duty at lunch and once a week we have bus duty after school. This new school year we may have to include morning duty too.
3:15 - 4:45 After the kids leave I may have a meeting, but usually I spent it organizing assignments that have been turned in, calling parents, straightening the room, prepping for the next day.
So, my typical day is usually 9-10 hours at school. Most evenings there are papers to grade. I have to take two grades per subject and we teach six subjects. That's 12 grades a week or 288 graded papers. There are more papers I check for completion, errors, etc... I have to input grades weekly and update my web page too. I often work a few hours each weekend at school. Some weeks are much busier, like when report cards come out and notes need to be written or when parent-teacher conferences are scheduled. Some weeks are slower, easier and I might get to go home after school at 3:30...I love those days!
I'm not complaining, I love, love, love my job. I cannot imagine doing anything else. I get to work with the most amazing people (teachers, admin, staff....not 12 year olds!) and I get to be around the brightest, funniest, quickest, sweetest kids I have ever met. I love 6th graders!
If you're still with me thanks for staying and reading all this. I hope people know that despite the crappy media-rap we get, we do this over and over every year because we love it and not just because we get summers off.