Educators, it gets my goat when...
schools expect us to work for free AND we do it.
My maternity leave time is giving me plenty of space to read, reflect, reread, process, and just think.
Teachers, we volunteer too much. We donate too much. We take too much work home. We give education too much space in our heads.
I’m so done with all the “work harder” messages. They make us feel guilty for having a life outside of school.
These voices screaming at us to work harder should be yelling at admin, our unions, and the state to pay us more, give us more prep time, pay quality coaches, and or purchase resources instead of implying that we’re not doing a good enough job.
If you are a lazy teacher who doesn’t actually teach and/or treats your students poorly, yes you need to work harder and admin should be helping you.
If you’re reading this, I know you’re not a lazy teacher.
You are probably already doing more than enough.
Friends, we all see and sometimes share the “do more”messages.
Try to filter them and keep these things in mind:
•Teaching is a career, not volunteering
•You deserve time be paid for your time and expertise
•Just because it seems like everyone else is doing something doesn’t mean you have to
•Question and filter the messages you are consuming
•You deserve to have a life outside of school
And feel free to just stick your tongue out at the next person who asks you to do one more thing without offering to pay you.
I'm a teacher, mama, and mentor. I created the You Before School e-course and more. I'm here to encourage and share self-efficacy skills for women.