i am not so sure my students would agree with this above image!
ahhh, my first week of summer vacation. i taught remedial summer school this year, and i finished last friday. i can happily say that all of my boys (i taught ten boys in total in both english 9 and 10) passed. but, it was not easy. if i had a full class of 30 kids there is no way i would have been able to help half of those boys as much as i did, and to have them be successful and pass. whew, i am thoroughly exhausted and am looking forward to my four weeks before the school begins again.
despite being officially on vacation, i still have some work to do. every one who is not a teacher thinks that we teachers are so lucky to have three months off a year, however in reality, my work follows me home most nights and school breaks. and, now that i have four weeks vacation, i will be spending some of that time preparing and revamping my courses for september, and working on my website.
before all the teacher jokes begin, i just want to say that a large portion of teachers go into this profession because of the following reasons: (1) they love working with kids, (2) they love their subject(s) they teach, (3) they want to make a difference in someone else’s life (aka. selflessness), and (4) they are willing to do whatever it takes to ensure as many kids as possible are successful.
i will be the first to admit that there are teachers in our profession who do not teach for the above reasons. and, unfortunately those teachers are the ones who give the rest of us a poor image.
i am way off track here. i do not want to start a teacher-debate. i just wanted to point out that for the next four weeks i will not be receiving a pay cheque, but i will be working hard to ensure that in september my new students will be learning revamped and new materials. here is my question to ponder: how many of you would give up some of your vacation time to do work?