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Why Being A Teacher Costs A Lot More Than The Price Of A Teaching Degree
Sitting in class as a student, one of the last things you think about is where all of the classroom supplies came from. The school fairy, maybe?

But realistically, at least some of them probably came out of the teacher’s own wallet. The perks of being a teacher (educating future generations!) might outweigh the cost of staplers and bulletin boards, but isn’t it still alarming to see the financial hoops many must jump through just to do their jobs?

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Why Being A Teacher Costs A Lot More Than The Price Of A Teaching Degree

Sitting in class as a student, one of the last things you think about is where all of the classroom supplies came from. The school fairy, maybe?

But realistically, at least some of them probably came out of the teacher’s own wallet. The perks of being a teacher (educating future generations!) might outweigh the cost of staplers and bulletin boards, but isn’t it still alarming to see the financial hoops many must jump through just to do their jobs?

(via charishmangus)

— 6 months ago with 251 notes
#Education  #Teaching  #Teacher  #This  #Accurate 

Teachers:

I’m in a rut. I’m in a school with a negative atmosphere, and it’s getting to me. I need some encouragement, because I’m starting to feel helpless and defeated. What do you do to boost yourself back up when you start buying into the negative crap?

— 10 months ago
#education  #help  #teaching  #teachers  #positive thoughts needed 
Shaaaaaame

msnickelodeon:

I should be reading and marking up the new books I am teaching next year, or even reading one or two of the books on my to-read list (Atonement, anyone?), but I can’t stop reading awful romance novels.

THIS IS MY LIFE.

— 1 year ago with 13 notes
#education  #teacher  #teacher problems  #romance novels 
I HAVE A JOB.

So I haven’t been public about this, because I was not in a good place. I didn’t want to advertise my struggle and the terrible freak outs I had over it. BUT- at the end of last school year, my department was cut from 6 science teachers to 5. I was last hired, so I was let go. This was strictly budgetary, and I had a very reassuring talk with my wonderful former principal about her helping me any way she could.

This summer was AWFUL. I was panicked, sick to my stomach, couldn’t sleep scared about not having a job. I own my home, so I couldn’t just pick up and leave at a moment’s notice, nor do I want to. I went on several interviews that turned out to be courtesy interviews, as the principals already hired from within the building. I applied out of county, but didn’t want to leave because I am one year away from establishing tenure here. On Monday, I was offered a job in Louisville. While it meant losing my tenure, it was a good job at a good school, and I was relieved.

Today, I was offered a position in my county. Teaching Social Studies! I AM SO EXCITED. I’ve wanted to teach Soc. Stu. FOREVER. I am so happy to spend the rest of my summer getting ready for this new and exciting adventure, and to receiving my tenure at the end of this year so that it doesn’t happen again.

Tonight, I’m sending good vibes out to everyone who is in the same position I’ve been in the last two months. It’s awful, and we all deserve some peace.

— 1 year ago with 5 notes
#education  #teaching  #teachers  #tenure  #job hunting 
"It’s not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless."
— 1 year ago with 48242 notes
#quotes  #society  #truth  #education 
Life Reflected: girlwithalessonplan: playpretending: I can’t forget what I saw today;... →

girlwithalessonplan:

playpretending:

I can’t forget what I saw today; so many teachers punish their students for their own shortcomings. It is their own fault when they can’t manage their classrooms, and then they take away privileges and talk down to their students. Great teachers…

(Source: thisdelicatereprieve)

— 1 year ago with 242 notes
#education  #teaching  #teachers  #classroom management  #discipline