Monday, March 18, 2013

Crazy Things People Say to Teachers

Crazy Things People Say to Teachers… AND HOW TO RESPOND!
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Next times someone accuses you of having the summer off or tells you teachers are just glorified babysitters, you don’t have to take it. Be ready for them with our comebacks to crazy things people say about the teaching profession.

Why are you teaching? Don’t you have an M.A.?
Teaching is a calling, not just a job. Compared to the challenges (and rewards) of the classroom, graduate school was a cakewalk.

With tenure, you can’t be fired no matter how you perform.
Tenure simply means there needs to be a just cause to be fired and you have a right to a fair hearing to contest charges. Tenured teachers can be fired for a legitimate reason, after school administrators prove their case. To thrive in my profession, I must do a good job.

Teachers are just glorified babysitters!
Okay, pay me what you pay your babysitter. Ten dollars an hour for six hours (even though I actually work nine or 10 hours a day) is $60 a day, times five days a week (though I often work weekends) is $300, times 36 weeks a year (even though I’m taking classes and professional development year-round), is $10,800 – but that’s just for one student. Multiply that by 30 students and that’s $324,000. That’s a good start.

All your union cares about is bargaining for higher salaries and more benefits! What about the students?
When state laws allow, the NEA routinely bargains for student-friendly conditions like class size limits, staff training, collaborative time for sharing effective classroom techniques, school building health and safety, classroom materials and equipment, and labor-management solutions designed to boost teaching in low-performing schools. Shouldn’t we also have competitive salaries so we attract the best teachers?

Summers off! Nice!
During my first weeks “off” I’ll map out curriculum for next year, clean and organize my classroom, and catch up on professional development coursework. Want to trade places?

If my job doesn’t work out, I can become a teacher!
If you have the desire and commitment to put 50-plus hours a week toward a large group of extremely diverse learners of varying abilities, please consider it. We always need more passionate teachers.

It can’t be that hard to control a bunch of children.
Classroom management is an art. But if you think you have some special tricks, I’ll bring 30 kids to you tomorrow morning and watch you work you magic.

Why are lunch ladies, custodians, and bus drivers member of NEA? Do they contribute to our children’s education?
Education Support Professionals are the fastest-growing segment of our membership. They are on the frontlines of our schools getting students to and from school safely, keeping our schools clean and environmentally sound, and making sure our students eat healthy meals. Our paraeducators assist students in the classrooms, and office staff help our parents and administrators. They make sure students get a well-rounded education.

Why do teachers object to merit pay? You should be paid what you’re worth!
The trouble is defining the value of a good teacher by test scores. Unless, of course, you think your SAT score was the ultimate predicator of your worth?

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