Florida Teacher’s Essay Becomes Rallying Cry for Respect

I recently read an article posted by one of my teacher friends that was about an essay a teacher wrote in Florida.  It was about how wrong it is to judge a teacher’s ability based on one standardized test.  I think it sums up how many teachers view the profession.  I hear often enough that teachers have no right to complain, or ask for more money, because we get summers off.  What people don’t realize is that we spend that time working extra jobs, attending classes, going to workshops (unpaid) and working in our classroom (unpaid).  During the school year you can find many teachers at my school arriving before 7 am and not leaving until 5 or 6 (our paid hours are 7:25-3:10).  Many of them are at school on Sundays doing plans as well.  We get 20 minutes for lunch during which many teachers work on lessons or with children who are struggling.  I have spent my own money buying food for students who have no food.  I once had a student perform odd jobs to earn school money so he could buy food from me to take home over the weekend because he maybe got one meal the whole weekend.  I bought warm clothes for a student and gave them to him as a secret santa gift because he didn’t have anything to wear but holey tshirts.  People don’t realize how much of our own time and money we spend with these kids.  We get $250 back in taxes.  I usually have spent that much of my own money by September.  I think everyone has an important job.  I just wish people would realize how important our jobs are and how we do it because we want to help the kids.  There are good teachers out there who put their heart and souls into the job and their students LEARN, but we can’t control what happens the day of the test.  We do our best to soothe anxiety, see that all the kids have eaten something and try not to stress the kids out about this test that could end our careers.

Here is the link to the article.  I encourage everyone to read it.

By Cynthia McCabe When people were attacking her and her fellow dedicated public school teachers, Florida fourth-grade teacher Jamee Miller got mad. And

via Florida Teacher’s Essay Becomes Rallying Cry for Respect.

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