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    Working class in a nice way of saying working but low income.

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    I know there is already enough in this thread but...
    I would also like to add that when teachers do go on strike, they give up a days pay to do so. It's not a paid day sitting on their butts. If you are in independent schools as well (like I am) it is usually also an illegal strike.
    So teachers are willing to forgo a days pay, and risk losing their jobs, to fight for better schools for our kids.
    Going without a days pay very much hurts our family budget, and me losing my job would be disastrous. However, I am willing to risk these things to fight for what I believe in, as are many other teachers.
    Imagine where education would be if we let burecrats make all the decisions without ever questioning?

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    You know what stuff happens in schools just like it does in other jobs, teachers get sick, they have family members who get sick, things happen which mean things can be difficult to manage, maybe the teacher is pregnant and has needed to lower their time fraction or perhaps he DH is ill and needs care - who blardy knows. Maybe they don't have a bank of crts, maybe they use an agency and are lucky to get the days filled without having to split kids across grades all the time. As frustrating as this may be it's not the teachers fault and the strike is a different issue altogether.

    I hope they are able to arrange some more consistency for your child's grade next year OP. Hopefully if you go and voice your concerns you've gotten enough off your chest here to be decent with the school in your dealings and you won't come across as aggressive as you have done here. Good luck with that.

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    As a teacher of 12 years experience can I just say a massive THANK YOU to all the people who have taken the time to defend teachers and the profession. You warm my heart to see that there truly are people out there who support us and believe in the things we do for your children.

    For the OP, do you actually have any idea what it takes to teach a child? Do you have any idea where to start? I am currently teaching my 20 kindergarten children how to read and write and trust me it is no easy feat. Please have a little think about that before you mouth off about teachers. Our job is demanding and highly variable.


    Me + DH = DS1 (6), DS2 (2) and #3 due September 8th

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    Can I just say, how wonderful it is to read the teachers comments in this thread and how passionate they are about education. How hard they work, what they risk to strike, how much they want to make things better.

    Makes me even more passionate about entering teaching knowing so many care so much

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chippa View Post
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    For the OP, do you actually have any idea what it takes to teach a child? Do you have any idea where to start? I am currently teaching my 20 kindergarten children how to read and write and trust me it is no easy feat. Please have a little think about that before you mouth off about teachers. Our job is demanding and highly variable.


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    I firmly believe kinder is the hardest year of primary to teach. With other years they come in with a basic bench mark. In kinder, many can't write their name, or have never even been read a book. Teaching foundation reading is an extremely complex process, as is writing.

    I want stage 1, 2 or 3 when I graduate. Kinder makes my palms sweaty

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    As a teacher I have nothing more to add than has already been said, except my teaching partner just sent me this and I thought it was sort of relevant to the thread.

    We were having a bit of a wry giggle this week because everything (quality stapler, good sticky tape, nice pens etc) on our shared desk have been pilfered from our homes, our "new" filing cabinet came out of her garage, the paper clips I used today to attach assessment sheets had been "borrowed" from my husband's home office and the ingredients I used for cooking with our class came from my pantry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    I firmly believe kinder is the hardest year of primary to teach. With other years they come in with a basic bench mark. In kinder, many can't write their name, or have never even been read a book. Teaching foundation reading is an extremely complex process, as is writing.

    I want stage 1, 2 or 3 when I graduate. Kinder makes my palms sweaty
    Absolutely agree Del. I have plenty of K-2 experience and am fully trained in Reading Recovery. When kids start school many come with little or no experience of reading at all. My greatest passion is seeing a child learning to read. It makes all the other crap in this job worthwhile.


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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    Can I just say, how wonderful it is to read the teachers comments in this thread and how passionate they are about education. How hard they work, what they risk to strike, how much they want to make things better.

    Makes me even more passionate about entering teaching knowing so many care so much
    I agree! I am yet to send any of my children to school (both under 3) but reading how passionate a lot of teachers are about their students makes me less nervous about trusting them with my child's future. Sending them to school is such a huge step in life but when you have beautiful teachers like the ones in this thread it really warms me.

    My teacher friend is always sharing how much she loves her classes and how proud she is of her students. She really does go above and beyond for them


 

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