You Might Be a Dedicated Teacher If…
- …you work beyond the contractual hours (whether at school, home, at your child’s ballgame, etc.).
- …you talk about “your kids” all the time. Your spouse knows them all by name and some of their families too!
- …you have spent more of your own money on your classroom than you care to admit. And you’d really like to turn all of those receipts into the IRS each year, but they only let you claim $250.
- …you’ve conducted a parent/teacher conference somewhere out of the ordinary – say in the grocery store aisle.
- …you give other teachers a knowing “look” at various points in the year (conferences, back to school night, school concert night, picture day, etc) because you’ve been in their shoes.
- …you’ve ever felt like a guidance counselor, nurse, mentor, event coordinator, entertainer, manager, mediator, detective, AND reporter – all at the same time!
- …you do everything you can to follow the rules and procedures (which there are a LOT of!) set for by your school, district, state, or nation.
- …but you also realize some rules are meant to be broken.
- …you’ve come to work sick because that was easier than making sub plans!
- …you have spent a good chunk of a weekend or holiday prepping, lesson planning, or researching something to help your students better understand the concept the next week.
- …you’ve paid money out of your own pocket for a child’s lunch, field trip money, or even just clean clothes to wear.
- …you volunteer for school events, even when you don’t have to. Perhaps you’re the chairperson for the social events or you stepped up to take on negotiations.
- …you’ve tried most of the new “strategies”, “theories”, and “methods” that have come along in recent years to keep things fresh and exciting for your students. (But you secretly know what works, so you have a
- …you’ve ever worn an invisible superhero cape!