Work is Like a Gas

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  1. Theres nothing better than a teacher that takes her job seriously. You may not be tokd this a lot, but I appreciate all your hard work and dedication. All my volunteering is for my kids school, and some for schools they dont even attend. If anyone else went to work one day and their boss pulled them in and said, hey we’re going to add more to work load and we’re going to ensure you have work to take home, and there are days where we will have events that you will be required to attend after hours, and I am going to give you stricter guidelines oh, AND I am going to do this and NOT pay you anything more.. Have fun! Any other person would quit or throw a fit.. I love the teachers that chose this profession for the right reasons and not just the hours, you know who they are because without thinking they are their for their kids, tutoring and taking work home and doing their best so the kids will do their best. Its not an easy job, but thank you for all the personal time you put in. The PTA’s in our district try to have copy moms, so teachers will put what they need in a basket for the copy mom to do in the middle school. This is tough to recruit other moms to start doing, but my argument is always– I dont care if they work on plans in their “free” period, drive to lunch, take a nap, or call their boyfriend or husband for the hour, they will be that much more refreshed or just relieved they wont be standing for hours waiting for one of two copiers once their work day is done. — Sometimes I spend up to 5 hours at the middle school trying to catch up on the copies. I hope your school has this, if not suggest to your PTA if have one. Utilizing this could help you some, and others..
    ps. thanks for giving me something else to think about besides my messed up life. Volunteering at the schools is a huge thing for me, and it infuriates me at the middle school level how little parents get involved,

    • Wow. That is one of the most understanding responses I have ever heard about teaching from a non-teacher. I love my job. But it is not an easy one. Sometimes I get frustrated because everyone seems to think they know what it’s like (since everyone has been in a classroom at some time), but you have to be there as an adult to really get it, I think.

      That’s a great idea about the copies. I spend several hours a week in from of that blasted machine!


  2. Great inspiration. As someone who struggles with the same “compulsion”, I can’t wait to see how it works out for you. Good luck!

  3. PostModernSingle says:

    From someone else who obsesses more than she should about typos, I was wondering what a “mediation challenge” was and if that was a test to see how many people actually notice typos:P I find anytime I mention my OCD in a post there is inevitably a typo in the next paragraph.

    It’s hard because we all let time fill up with things we don’t necessarily want to fill it up with and then feel guilty about not spending that time in more meaningful ways. The problem with filling it with work outside work hours is setting the bar and having to maintain that extra time. I had a boss get seriously mad that my work productivity was dropping except it still exceeded my paid hours just not by as much as it had been. Instead of her seeing my working weekends and taking work home as bonus it became the standard expectation. That motivated me to learn to say no when she gave me more work than I could do during work hours or at least to highlight how much work was done outside work hours and demand it be recognized as such.

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