Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 192

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Don’t you dare say I only work half a day
Don’t you dare sneer at my 10 weeks ‘off’ a year
Give me a lunch break at lunch
Holidays when I choose
No work before 9 or after 5
A weekend just to snooze
Give me this and I’ll give you my roll
But I warn you, my friend
It takes heart
Body and soul

Anon

Thanks, Spidey!

It’s finally half term for us here in the Kentish area of the UK, anyway, and I am so glad of the time to finally unwind.

Will I rest?

Probably not as much as others seem to think.

I have two kids to think of too, you know.

And I have lesson plans that need tweaking too.

I loved what Spidey found for us to ponder today though.

It is so easy to see the face of a teacher’s ‘job’.

Short day, lots of holidays, playing with kids…

But we are like icebergs.

You only see the tip of us, unless you live with us.

Then you see what is going on underwater…

  • The early starts, and late nights.
  • The grabbing a chance of a mouthful of lunch in between preparing your classroom for the rest of the day’s learning, marking books, operating clubs, dealing with issues the lunchtimes supervisors can’t handle…
  • Teaching your bladder to only need to be emptied on a minimal basis, and when you do go, learning how to do the most spectacular speed wee ever!
  • Piles of work that comes home, and if not work, hours at computers, researching lessons or cutting out resources ready for the next few days.
  • Hours spent agonising over the assessment and abilities of your children. Working out how to educate each individual, be it through supporting the learning of fundamentals, or embedding and creating an environment of learning that stretches those who already ‘get it’.
  • Crying over the situations some of your children come from, wanting to be there for them above and beyond the call of duty.
  • Paperwork involving ridiculous red tape that needs to be done to appease the government, that takes precious time away from actual teaching.
  • Being unwell, but feeling unable to take time off to recover because you don’t want to let the kids or your colleagues down.
  • Finally getting to a holiday, but not being able to afford to go, because your days off are always in school holiday time when all the prices are ridiculously elevated…

But we do it because we love what we do.

Ultimately, teaching is a vocation, not a career. We care. That’s why we put the time and effort in. (Just a little extra monetary appreciation from the government would be good!)

So… anyone fancy a job swap with me? 😘

Have a peaceful Sunday Peeps ❤ And enjoy your week!

35 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tony Burgess
    Oct 24, 2018 @ 01:51:31

    Hope you are enjoying your week too!

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  2. robbiesinspiration
    Oct 22, 2018 @ 04:47:22

    You hit the nail on the head, Ritu. Teaching is a vocation. I agree that teachers should be given more recognition and pay. It is such a vital job.

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  3. Rae Longest
    Oct 22, 2018 @ 02:51:59

    You gotta’ love it.

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  4. joey
    Oct 22, 2018 @ 01:39:05

    You have PLENTY on your plate! You owe no one an explanation!
    Enjoy what time you carve out for the best stuff! 🙂

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  5. OIKOS™-Publishing
    Oct 21, 2018 @ 23:06:49

    Oh, your writing sounds very busy. Hope you had a silent Sunday, with time to relax! Best wishes for a nice week. Michael

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  6. Bryntin
    Oct 21, 2018 @ 12:10:23

    I have a lot of angry thoughts about how your and the other vocations are treated but they are not certainly serene nor suitable for a Sunday, so I wish you a nice break if you can fit it in somewhere.

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  7. Darlene
    Oct 21, 2018 @ 10:58:54

    I have nothing but admiration for teachers. Have a well-deserved break!! xo

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  8. willowdot21
    Oct 21, 2018 @ 10:25:37

    No thanks Sis, you do it so well 💜💜😀

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  9. Losing the Plot
    Oct 21, 2018 @ 09:25:42

    My heart goes out to you and all other teachers with you. I know very well what’s involved and it’s a scandal.
    Unfortunately the same is true in the health service, the police, the prison service and basically all our public services, I properly dispair of how the country is being managed.

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  10. Carol Anne
    Oct 21, 2018 @ 05:06:45

    You are an angel ritu! I don’t know how you do it! xx

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