As I sit here at my desk at work during my school’s Spring Break, catching up on all the paperwork that gets pushed aside when you have to give 4-5 hourlong presentations every day to a captive, partially unwilling audience, I’m reminded how many people talk about how teachers get paid too much because we have so much time off.
Just a reminder to all of those who think teachers only work nine months a year: the type and amount of work that good teachers do during their “time off” is roughly equivalent to the work most people do in their “paid time.” In teachers’ paid time, they do all of that work PLUS teaching 120-160 students. I’d love to find a way to get people to understand that this is the case for at least 80% of teachers in the country today. Rather than define us by the 20% who do not embody that spirit, why don’t you take a few minutes to see just how much time is spent by teachers doing work that isn’t part of the 55-60 minute class period.
For most teachers, the equation is simple:
“Teacher Vacation=A chance to only have to do the work that people in most occupations consider to be 100% of the job.”