I really, really hate them when they're written by teachers.
Here's the thing.
I love my job. A lot. Are there days when I get frustrated? Yes. Are there times when I feel under appreciated? Sure. Do I get fed up with testing sometimes, too? Of course.
But, I put up with it. Here's why...
When I decided to be a teacher, I knew all of this would be the case. I knew money would probably be tight. I knew I wouldn't get paid overtime. I knew it would be hard. I knew it would be a lot of paperwork. I knew I would be dealing with parents who sometimes took their kids' versions of events over my own. I knew I'd have to give tests and look at data and that teaching is not just sitting on the floor with kids every day.
And, why did I choose teaching anyway?
Well, because in the midst of alllllllll that, I still get to sit in the floor with them some days. And those days make it worth it.
I teach them, I love them, I play with them, I correct them, I help them, I test them, I listen to them, I reward them, I punish them, I read to them, I hug them and I ENJOY them.
I do it for them. Plain and simple.
And, I guess what really annoys me about all the "teachers are treated wrong" hoopla on Facebook is that it makes it seem like I'm some poor, put-upon person who has no joy in their life because they're so overworked and underpaid and stressed out. That couldn't be further from the truth.
If teachers want to start being respected, then I think they need to stop complaining about the job THEY CHOSE. I don't see articles about bankers being mistreated. Or managers. Or custodians. Or any other job. Just teachers. And, frankly, I think that's frustrating because you can't tell me that teaching is the only stressful job in the world.
Most teachers are in it for the kids and love their job. But, when a few start ranting on social media about how hard their lives are and then it gets shared 1,000,000 times, it just makes it look like all teachers feel that way. And, I don't feel that way.
So, when I see an article like this on Facebook, I just stroll right past it. I don't want to participate in the complaining about a profession that I love. I don't want my Facebook friends to think for even one minute that I hate my job or that I don't want to be a teacher anymore.
Because, I feel blessed to have a job. There are a lot of people who don't. I feel blessed to have job security. There are a lot of people who don't. I feel blessed to own a home.There are a lot of people who don't. I feel blessed to spend my days with people who are committed to to making the lives of others better. There are a lot of people who don't. And, I feel blessed to spend my days with some awesome little kids who show me daily how important my job is. There are a lot of people who don't.
Being a teacher is a job I chose. Along with thousands of other people who do it every day because it's what they love.
Don't feel sorry for us. Really. Because, contrary to what a few people on Facebook have to say, we don't feel sorry for ourselves.