It wouldn't matter how much you paid me there is no way I'd be a school teacher, I couldn't handle that many kids in one room!
We are at a state school and were affected by the strikes last year and whilst it was tricky on my work days I can appreciate what they were fighting for. I don't like strikes in principal either but I'm not sure they have many choices.
I will admit I am quite frustrated that in this term so far DS has had numerous different teachers due to illness, planning days, development days etc. He finds this unsettling (new year, new routine etc) which is my only concern plus we were in the midst of discussions regarding bullying of DS and he felt the teacher disappeared. I explained to him and so did his teacher that sometimes things happen and he was ok. It's all part of his development, he likes routine but has to learn to adapt.
I would never home school, DS would drive me insane so I have much respect for teachers.
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01-04-2014 21:04 #161
01-04-2014 21:24 #162
I have so much admiration and respect for the teachers my son has had so far. They are absolutely amazing, they go above and beyond. I really feel for them because they cop so much from some parents and I happen to live right near a very rough area with some very troubled kids, one child in my sons grade 1 class today was put in time out for purposely weeing on the floor!
And my sons teacher from last year is not only the most amazing teacher I've ever met but an amazing person. My DS2 has special needs and has formed an attachment to her, so she allows him to visit her classroom every afternoon to say hi and ask him how he day was. This simple act makes my day 10x easier. There certainly are some amazing teachers out there!
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01-04-2014 21:48 #163
I am a teacher as well and refrained from commenting on this thread.
Can I just point out that teachers are actually human beings. I have a 11 month old son and chose to come back 3 days and job share with another teacher. That is my right to choose to come back part time. I have had two days off this week plus a full three day week off a few weeks ago as my son has been ill with bronchitis and Gastro..... As much as it sucks teachers have families and get sick and unfortunately can't always come to school.
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01-04-2014 22:08 #164
You know, I think the reason that we teachers react so strongly to comments like the OPs (and I'm generalising here) is that there is no such thing as the perfect teacher. And no one knows this better than teachers ourselves - we spend so much time and lose so much sleep analysing, trying to be better, thinking over how the day went and what we could have done differently, beating ourselves up when our students haven't mastered a concept, negotiating challenging relationships, looking for more interesting lesson ideas, trying not to stress about the NAPLAN etc. etc., that it hurts when people imply that we barely work at all, or that we are slack and in it for ourselves.
Teaching is a 24/7 vocation. It's not the only one, of course, but *everyone* has an opinion about what's wrong with teachers, and a lot of us feel regularly undervalued and disrespected but still put in 100% almost all of the time because the big picture that we see is the kids - we want them to feel empowered, to be skilled and employable, to reach for their dreams, to feel safe, to love learning, to marvel in the world around them. So thank you to those who have expressed their appreciation for what we do on this thread. I really appreciate it.
01-04-2014 22:23 #165
I have only read the OP and a couple of comments and I am actually in shock! You have to be kidding? I worked in the education system prior to the birth I dd and it was NEVER an 8-4 job.
All teaches had to be on campus by 7:30 (if they weren't there already) and very few left before 4:30/5 EVERYDAY. Once we leave we are taking piles of marking and work home so kids can have homework, spelling, maths books ready for the next day.
Holidays are a joke. Reports and final marking are due usually within a week or 2 after the term ends depending on how long the break is. We then have to be back 1 week prior to the kids (at least) for term planning and making sure everything is ready to go. So there is very rarely a break between terms and Christmas holidays, most of us would get a couple of weeks off over the actual Christmas period and even then we are still writing curriculums, year planning, time tabling etc.
Teaching is not a walk in the park and we certainly don't do it for the holidays (or the pay for that matter)!
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01-04-2014 22:32 #167
Can I just say to any teachers reading this thread, I think you are amazing and what you do is so important. Thank you.
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01-04-2014 22:47 #168
Just to add to my previous post:
Weekends!? What weekends??
01-04-2014 23:03 #169Senior Member
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This person has got to be a troll.
I mean, they have GOT to be a troll.
Nobody in their right mind thinks that way, right? No offence, but that is ridiculous. OP why don't you change schools, or classes, if the teacher isn't the right fit?
DS has had his share of bad teachers, he is special needs though and I know they struggle as his condition doesn't get funding for an aide. We started the year with a teacher that had both of us in tears as the week would end. So I understand being frustrated with ONE teacher. But now DS has changed classes, and his teacher is absolutely lovely. Maybe the other teacher was lovely too, but both her parents had just died, so maybe it was good for everybody that a high needs child transferred out of her classroom.
What it doesn't give you the right to do is tar the whole profession and say that teachers have it easy. They work incredibly hard, and they are NOT striking for pay.
I'm going to go away now and just believe this thread was April's Fools.
01-04-2014 23:24 #170
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