What She Wore: jean capris, pink tee that reads "Shopping is My therapy," pink plaid thongs with a drille heel.
The other day my husband said that I was a blog sell-out.
People come to your site to hear uplifting stories about teaching–not all this other crap.
Well, first of all, teaching is not uplifiting on a daily basis. Second, it’s summer and there’s a not a lot of teching to write about. And yet, I find teaching sneaking its way back into my blog today. Since school let out, Mr K. will call me from time to time to tell me which teachers aren’t returning to shool next year. First, it was the principal, next is was a really cool male teacher that everyody loved to be arond, then it was the head of the math department, and now, it’s the History teacher off my team (teams are groups of teachers who share the same students). If you’re in education you know that this is nothing new. Teachers come and go with alarming regularity.
I think that I am really shocked by this last one, though. She was Teacher of the Year last year, but she’s decided to leave the profession. This woman would be at school until seven o’clock at night. She would organize amazing treats for the kids, and she would work through lunch. I guess it all got to be too much for her. I remember her commenting at the end of the year that her friends were concerned about the amount of time she spent working on stuff for school. She is one of those community go-getters who came to the profession after her kids were grown. She’d worked in schools as a seretary, and then decided to get certified in teaching. She was an amazing contributor, but I suppose that now she feels that she’s given all that she can.
It’s not like I never think about doing something else.
But I’ve never received any accolades either. And I feel like the kids really need me. I worry a lot about teaching, though. I wonder who will be left to teach our children. Why is this profession so hard? Does it have to be? Are we doing everything we can to keep people here? Do we spend too much money on technology (as I type on my school laptop), and not enough on retention? Is there really anything we can do, or is the profession hopelessly flawed?
This is not one of those easy-answer times.