I had a discussion with my uncle the other day about teaching. Our discussion got a little heated when he proceeded to tell me that teachers get paid too much for the little work we have to do. I’ve been encountering this at work as well. I tried to explain to him about all the things that teachers have to attend to such as; planning for multiple intelligence’s, marking, extra-curricular activities, planning, etc, but I wasn’t really sure where to start.
The conversation with my uncle started off like any other asking about where I was interning in the fall and what grades I wanted to teach. We then got into the topic of money when he told me that teachers get paid too much for the little work we have to do. First of all I told him that we aren’t teaching for the love of money, but we are teaching because we want to help youth succeed. This profession may be the most difficult/stressful at times, but it’s definitely the most rewarding.
We then got on the topic of holidays and Professional Development days. I guess a lot of people think that teachers get all the holidays off. While we may not be at school we are still prepping on our days off, after school, and when we get home. He also told me that there are too many PD days; that teachers get a day off. I tried to explain to him that these help us, as teachers keep updated on current strategies and resources that can be used in a classroom. These are just like work meetings business people attend.
There were many things that we disagreed upon about teaching, but I probably thought the same thing about teachers before I started my journey to becoming one.
Have a great weekend!