- Teaching in a Pandemic: Help Teachers, Help You - February 2, 2021
- The Importance of Feedback in Distance Learning - October 9, 2020
- What a Teacher Wants: One Teacher’s View - March 25, 2018
- Artist is Not a Dirty Word - March 18, 2018
- The Death of Reflection in English/Language Arts Classrooms - March 9, 2018
- More Than A Teacher - March 4, 2018
- Real Teaching Resolutions - January 5, 2017
- 23 Times I have Questioned My Sanity While Teaching - September 7, 2016
- Part 3: Adventures in Real Word English/Language Arts – Let Them Be Great - August 23, 2016
- Part 2: Adventures in Real World English/Language Arts: Making Them Care - August 4, 2016
“Stop being such a martyr.”
“All these teachers do is whine about how bad they have it.”
“It is your choice to put so many hours in. No one is forcing you to do all this.”
And my favorite, “You knew what you were getting into.”
Yes, I write about the realities of education and like some things in life, it isn’t always pretty. Not everyone is cut out to be a teacher, and not everyone wants to be one, and that is okay. We have doctors, lawyers, politicians, artists, retail workers, and everything in between that makes our complex world function, but attacking the foundation of society is dangerous. Teachers are the foundation of our system and whether you want to admit it, without us, society as we know it would fall apart. This a response to some of the comments that have been made on my articles, at parties, or comments I have overheard over the past year.
1. Stop being such a martyr. I don’t consider myself a martyr, but I would die for my students, and I know any educator would, and some have. I would throw myself in front of my kids to protect them from a bullet or tornado. I think that entitles society to at least listen to what educators have to say. Someone that is willing to risk their lives for child deserves to be heard. You may not agree with what we have to say, but you should at least listen with respect. We love education, and we love our kids. And we are willing to put everything on the line for them, even for the students that don’t want me to or the people who are rude and disrespectful to our profession, yes, we would risk our life for your child too.