Like many other teachers, I loved my job. In fact, I loved all my jobs - teaching, coaching, directing, and serving on lots of committees. As an addendum, I must say that I really looked forward to summer vacation. Those who are not in the field of Education don't know that teachers get zero down time during the day. So many people with regular office jobs can say "Hold my calls" and shut the door for a few minutes of recuperation time, but not teachers! Teachers can't even blink for too long, because in a classroom of 30 students, one never knows what is going to happen.
Most teachers I know continue to work on tasks like curriculum or tutoring students, but the everyday pressure is less.If the should district decide on a new textbook, the teacher's entire summer is preoccupied with becoming familiar with the book and creating new lessons. I know that many folks seem to think teachers get too much vacation, but I disagree. The stress and work levels for teachers are over the top.
Maybe the year-round school model would actually be better for both students and teachers. Instead of one long vacation, 3-4 week breaks would be after every semester. I actually believe that schedule would cause less student and teacher burnout.
Whatever your school calendar is, I wish my teacher friends relaxation and rejuvenation! You will need all the energy you can muster for the beginning of the school year.
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Please invite Grady Gets Glasses (and me) into your school. if you are not in the Pittsburgh area, we do virtual field trips with a group called Field Trip Zoom. www.Fieldtripzoom.com GRADY GETS GLASSES was the winner of Best New Children's Book 2016 and 2018 (new edition) from The Authors' Zone.Grady also won a 2018 prestigious Moonbeam Award for Best Children's Book with Merchandise.
Visit Dede's webpage for complete details on her award-winning book, STUDENT TEACHING: THE INSIDE SCOOP FROM A MASTER TEACHER. Many colleges have made the book required reading. Signed copies are available www.dederittman.com Dede is also a national speaker on The Three C's for Classroom success: Confidence, communication, and Creativity; Avoiding Teacher burnout; and many other inspirational topics.
I LOVE writing. And I love writing children's books- my newest passion. Although it will be a ton of work, I am looking forward to selling my books. Since I was a secondary teacher, I know that I have much to learn about elementary students, and I will have to follow my own advice and be my genuine self. However, I also know that I am passionate about helping kids who have to wear glasses, and that GRADY GETS GLASSES sends a positive message. I am willing to work hard and do all the things that also made me a successful teacher for 37 years. I remain inspired!
Elementary teachers in Western Pennsylvania and beyond - I am willing to come into your classroom in person or as a virtual field trip through a group called Field Trip Zoom. Check them out! http://www.fieldtripzoom.com/
Teacher friends- let me know if you want me to read GRADY GETS GLASSES at your school. I am willing to come in to discuss the creative writing process, why writing is important, and personal fulfillment through writing, along with reading my book. I would appreciate the exposure, and I would make signed copies available for purchase in your classrooms following the reading. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org The website www.gradygetsglasses.com now has plush Grady bunnies for sale!
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