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Sunday, September 19, 2004

The Truth, The Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth

"A four day weekend. You teachers are SO lucky!"

If I had a dollar for everytime I heard something to that effect over the past few days I'd have...well at least five extra dollars to my name.

The truth of the matter is (as some of you already know) teaching is NOT easy.

Sure, we have our summers off and a few days here and there to spare. We also finish our workdays at 3 o'clock, give or take an hour or so.

BUT what people DON'T realize is all the EXTRA work that goes into teaching after the school day ends and even times, before the day begins.

There's back to school night, parent-teacher conferences, grading, behavior management, public relations, copying, filing and last but not least, planning.

As for my own little class, the numbers keep changing. I'm still waiting on word about a para and until then I am now at 21 including the ADHD child. I already had one child transfer out.

I have two kids named "John" and three named "Bryan" (names here are changed to protect the innocent)

I am also quickly realizing there are "The Three Levels of Bryan's":

Level One Bryan- this is the Bryan who is quiet, on task and an all around pleasure to work with.

Level Two Bryan- this Bryan can be a pleasure to work with, it depends on the mood you catch him in.

Level Three Bryan
- is always all over the place. Has trouble sitting still and listening WITHOUT calling out.

Lucky teacher I am, I managed to somehow get nearly all of my goals for the work week accomplished this weekend.

More non-teaching related posts to come over the next few days. Now if only I could negotiate three to four day work weeks EVERY week, I'd be good to go.



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