Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Life of a Teacher


If you've never taught then you do not know how true this is.  You have to get together worksheets or a film or something constructive for the kids to do so that they aren't bored and drive the substitute crazy.  Sometimes that's a lot more work than just being there suffering through and teaching.  Many times I have gone in sick just because the task of getting together something else for the students to do was worse than actually going in.

Yesterday, I had to figure out assignments for all of my classes since I would not be at school today.  Even though I'm battling a cold, and would like to stay at home in bed, I actually have something I'd much rather be doing today.  Most teachers are going to think I'm crazy for wanting to do this, but I'm actually very excited.  I'm going to a professional development workshop today.  It's a topic that I love, and something that my master's degree was centered on, but I do expect to learn more about this area of the topic.

Unlike most of my students, I love learning new things.  I love being able to sit and listen to an expert and take notes.  Honestly, if I could be a professional student and make decent money doing so, I'd do it in a heartbeat.  However, unless I go back and get another master's degree, I think my days as a student are over, except for professional development.  Grant it, I'd love the chance to go back and get a degree in library science, counseling, American literature, or theology.  If I were independently wealthy, and never had to worry about money, I'd go for degrees in all four, and maybe a few languages too.  Until I win the lottery, those are just dreams.


6 comments:

silvereagle said...

Every occupation has its benefits and it's liabilities...often not known until experienced. Enjoy the seminar today...and finish that Ph.D!

the dogs' mother said...

I agree. When my BA was held up duet to a snafu I was secretly thrilled - does this mean I can go back to college?! Rats - snafu fixed.nI loved, loved, loved going back to school to study for a masters in teaching and would love the job of professional student.

Damien Malachy said...

These are not "just dreams" -- they are your dreams. Ask yourself each morning, what one thing can I do today to make one of my dreams closer to becoming a reality? Then do that thing.
Dream strong! Live long!

Jay M. said...

Our systems require teachers to have a "substitute folder" in the main office. If they call in sick, "subfinder", a web application, gets them a sub and when they report, they get handed the folder. Of course, teachers can update it any time they wish, but I'd bet 95% of them hand it in on day one, and never touch it again.

Peace <3
Jay

Mike said...

I love workshops - even if they aren't great - I get out of my classroom.

I hate planning for a sub. Fortunately i'm at a continuation school where its self paced and the kids work at their own pace. My sub plans are easy. I don't miss that. I would spend hours it seemed with my sister (my coworker) planning for our subs.

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