This is SO TRUE!!!
I really don’t think I am alone in this post at all, which is good and bad at the same time. It is a good thing that I have many teacher friends because usually it is very hard to relate to what you deal with as a teacher especially if they are working in the summer months and hating on us having off.
There is society. What society thinks teachers do. Babysit and play all day. I honestly wish people could come visit our classrooms for a week and then either be able to participate in voting for our levys and our school budgets. I also wish people in other careers could come in and watch what we deal with every day.
The reason for this post? Well, my husband doesn’t quite understand the life of a teacher. And quite frankly it is infuriating.
I participate in way too many things. I agree to do clubs and extra activities and I sign up to be the union rep (once a month meetings) , in a Reading Council where I work for free (some Saturdays or Wednesday nights), I am doing all 4 National Boards components this year (at least 2-3 times a month meetings after school), I am doing a book study before school (once a week), and I run homework club every week after school. Those are just things I choose to do. These are not things that I need to do. I go to professional development whenever I can. I like to learn. I like to do extra and more and I enjoy working hard and accomplishing things.
Now this causes a problem for my husband because my National Boards meetings go late, my book study is early, I have early collaboration district wide once a month and then I have some friends who invite me to do things. I am part of committees that have to do things after shool (Read Across America or Science Committee, etc) and therefore, he would either need to drop off our daughter at daycare or pick her up. Which I usually do.
But there are tons more this year than last because of the National Boards I am doing, which happens to be a lot of work. So I can manage time just fine, but then I get shit for having all of these meetings, because he has to drop her off or pick her up.
So my counter is, do I ever have to go away for work? No. And during that time when you go away, do I have to pick her up, and drop her off every single day? The answer is yes.
I just feel like he doesnt get it. He doesn’t get my career, and why I want to work so hard and what it’s like to bring work home and not just be able to come home and not have to do things for work because he doesnt have to do things for work when he leaves work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So I get really mad! And here I am, really mad, accomplished nothing, but my Day 21 writing post, and I am still mad, and he still doesn’t get it.
I feel like I am not alone in this misconception of a teacher’s life.
Thank you Two Writing Teachers for such an amazing writing challenge. I think I will even be sad when it is over! It has helped me be accountable for my writing.