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April 23, 2013
A great teacher at work. Notice how excited they are!

A great teacher at work. Notice how excited they are!

T is for Teaching, my profession for the past seven years and my passion for life. I’ve written so much about it over those years that I feel stymied trying to write anything short and to the point on it. So, I think I’ll make a page about it.

I don’t know if I’ll remain a teacher. No one wants to hear you whine about being underpaid and underappreciated, so I won’t. But even if I’m not paid for it, I will always be a teacher at heart. I will always seek to help others learn and grow, and to continue doing so myself. Public education is our last, best hope at truly offering equal opportunity to all children. The odds are always against some and in favor of others from the moment they’re born, but we have one shot at leveling the playing field before they enter the adult world.

Perhaps the saddest element related to the field right now is that I would not recommend any person in college to pursue a teaching career. The job market is brutal, despite reports to the contrary. There are thousands of unemployed teachers across the nation. Every state is facing increased pressure to tie teacher evaluation, and salaries, to students’ performance on standardized tests. Imagine being a doctor and evaluated on how many of your patients develop diabetes, despite you strongly advising them to eat better and exercise more.

To all my comrades-in-arms in the classroom, like Rod and Julie, I sing our collective praises today. Whether or not the general public appreciates us, we owe it to each other to appreciate what all of our profession sacrifices and achieves.

18 Comments leave one →
  1. April 23, 2013 12:12 am

    Tucked… T is for tucking shirts in your pants. Trending Travesty. 😉


    • April 23, 2013 6:16 am



    • April 23, 2013 6:31 am

      I have always been unsure while at work (teaching).
      Button-down shirts: definitely tuck… or not always?
      Polo shirts: At first I always left them untucked. Then I thought it wasn’t looking very professional. But the ones that are smaller, I don’t tuck, for obvious reasons.
      T-shirts: I get that they should always be untucked. The only time I do is when I mean them to be an underneath layer.

      Travesty indeed 😛


  2. April 23, 2013 6:18 am

    Being a teacher requieres something that not everybody is born with.
    If I ever had to teach in a classroom full of teenagers, I think I’d be in jail for at least 30 battery charges.
    I keep asking Miss Peach how she does it.


    • April 23, 2013 6:33 am

      Yes indeed, but I think that applies to anything and everyone. Not everyone is born to be a parent. Not everyone is meant to go to college… OK, I better stop before I get in trouble.


  3. April 23, 2013 11:12 am

    I love that you’re a teacher because that means you’re a fantastic soul. Both of my parents were teachers (my mom still is) and both share your views here. I wanted to pursue and education degree in college and it was an all around hands down DON’T. But people out here do appreciate teachers – and you – for all you do!


    • April 23, 2013 12:24 pm

      I’m glad to hear they appreciate teachers in Nashville. I hope they appreciate them in Austin also! If you’ve never seen it, there is a wonderful documentary film about teachers and students and an amazing project they took on in the tiny town of Whitwell, TN. It is called “Paper Clips.” Thank you so much for the kind comment 🙂


      • April 23, 2013 12:38 pm

        You’re so welcome! I’ve never heard of the documentary and it sounds amazing. Will definitely check it out!


  4. April 23, 2013 9:36 pm

    I put you and becca on my top 10 nominations for Most Inspiring Blogger Award, you may accept, mention my blog, give 7 interesting facts and list 15 of your own nominations…if you wish! Congrats!


  5. April 26, 2013 9:47 pm

    I’m with you. Every time a student tells me they want to be a teacher, I want to scream, “For God’s sake, don’t do it!” But they’ve got the fever, so what can you do? As for your pic, I don’t see any heads actually down on the desks. What’s your secret?


  6. May 9, 2013 7:36 pm

    That is sad that there are so many teachers without work…. not the case here… we have jobs a plenty. Just have to be able to dog sled and you’re in… 😉


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