Teaching is not the only profession where people work out of normal hours. There are several professions where people are on call/need to available/plan outside normal working hours. It's upto to you to prioritize work and family responsibilities in a way that you can manage them.
They may very well have just decided to give the kids a treat (much the same as my kids earning free time) and thought rather then sit there and watch it with them they'd use the time to write reports.
Or do these movie sessions happen regularly?? I'd happily accept any parent knocking on my door about a movie in my room
Why are teachers being portrayed as being so hard done by?
My DH works for a corporation, he is on a salary, he has set hrs he must work and he does a butt load of overtime that he doesn't get paid extra for. He is constantly on call, works weekends on occasion, does paperwork stuff till ridiculous hours at night and only gets 4 weeks holiday a year, that he is generally on call for anyway.
Can he be expected to just turn around to clients and say "I have other stuff I need to do, here watch a movie and I'll deal with you at the end of it"? God No. He would have his butt in HR and be put on performance management before he could blink.
Why is it OK for teachers to do it? Because educating our children isn't important?
OP I'd be upset too. Watching fluff for fluffs sake is not on.
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I actually agreed with the OP that it wasn't acceptable but wouldn't make a fuss unless it was a regular occurrence. I think that is the point PP's are trying to make.
My issue is with the misconceptions that people have about teachers.
I've just read through the thread. I can't believe the reaction about one day where the kids watched 2 movies. I also highly doubt these were 2 feature length movies. The time between recess and lunch is often at most 2 hours. How could you watch 2 movies?? Probably they were 2 episodes of something fun.
One day, one 2 hour session? To write reports... wow.
Give the teachers a break.
I am a teacher. ... When I write reports it looks a bit like this. ..
1 math/English/general/personal development comment per child. If the class has 25 kids that 100 comments. Comments that are personal to each child and shows an accurate assessment of their progress. Each comment could take 5-10 minutes. .. some longer depending on the child. .. I'll let you work out the hours that takes.
Also usually about 6 Maths/English marks, plus history, science, and all other subjects. That's usually about 20 marks per student including effort or participation. For 25 kids. .. Again. ..hours of work not to mention the running records and assessment to arrive at those marks.
Plus checking and proofreading.
On top of that they are doing the usual teaching stuff. ..preparing and daily marking and planning. Plus end of year celebrations or awards to organise.
One session of watching a movie to get some admin done when you think about it all in context is nothing.
Yep... I'm a teacher. I get frustrated at the lack of understanding of how much teachers do. The extra effort required to do reports and do them all well is immense. I don't think one session of movie watching is doing irreparable damage to the learning. School is allowed to be fun and relaxing for the kiddies too.
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All the teachers in here are doing is pointing out it's not what the generalised public think!
Of course educating our children is important. But putting a movie on for kids isn't completely out of the ordinary and in my experience is seldom done 'because' of paperwork... But rather paperwork is done 'because' a movie has been put on.
OP I'd be interested to know the year level of your child. My year 1s are actually quite over things with the demanding C2C. I try my best to schedule in down time for them (not in the form of a movie but sometimes colouring in or inside games time.) Neither of these things are optimal learning experiences but my little rugrats get so exhausted sometimes and I can see they need to have a break from the high mental stimulation expected of them.
Funnily enough the parents of the kids in my class embrace this approach. Maybe I just struck it lucky with like minded parents. I also appreciate this of my son's teacher.
Most of us are extremely hard-working and dedicated and work under the weight of often unachievable expectations and outcomes. And you know what? I would bet there are times when your husband has an off day and doesn't put in 100% at his job and the whole world doesn't comment on it.
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