Lately, I have gotten the feeling that people don't really GET what I do! Yes, I'm a teacher, but I am so much more than that...especially in my school! Negative thoughts about teaching have always bothered me and I thought I would write a poem about this.
What People Think I Do vs. What I Really Do
I arrive at school right on time and throw something together.
I arrive at school over an hour early, finalizing my plans.
In class I sit at my desk, while my kids complete worksheets.
I am on my feet the entire period, delivering direct instruction.
I give a direction and the children get right to it.
I give a direction ten times, and then the children do it with assistance.
I teach 10 kids so I am so lucky.
I teach 10 kids with disabilities, so I am lucky.
During lunch, I sit with my coworkers and gossip.
During lunch, I eat with my coworkers for half a period before it is time to get back to work.
I order my assistant around all day.
I mentor my assistant all day, everyday.
I go home at 3:30 done for the day.
I go home at 5:30, and am up until 11:30 preparing, reviewing, reflecting.
My job is easy, so I love it.
My job is challenging, so I love it.