By late June 1982, my immediate future was in place. I was going to Plattsburgh State and computer science would be my major. But I still had some unfinished business, and as I tentatively wondered down the hall to get my physics regents results, much was at stake. I knew I did well. But there was no way that a passing grade could compute against the quarterly grades I had received. Still, I knew passing was in play. The real question was whether "Merv" was going to give in or declare himself the winner of the game we were playing since September.
Mr. Davies was early. He glanced at his watch. Half past 8. Perhaps everyone else was just late! He crossed the threshold into a large room which smelled faintly of boredom. He unwound the lid of his travel mug and approached the kitchenette in the corner of the room. A chemistry teacher greeted him smiling, happily stirring his morning coffee, which was imprisoned in a chipped China mug, blackened from repeated use, with the chemical symbol for copper and phosphorus emblazoned on the front in a witty attempt to spell ‘cup.’ Mr. Davies smiled back to complete their speechless exchange, whilst he poured brown granules into his mug directly from the jar. He flipped on the magic hot water dispenser and listened to the sound of his coffee being instantly brewed. Mr. Davies wasn’t keen on a great many things, but he liked the hot water dispenser. A lot.
It's true! I work as a teacher in secondary schools in the U.K., I have "studied" Philosophy and Sociology and I was a decent student in High School, too (Essay was a subject that I had a perfect grade in my final exams), but I have NEVER finished a book in my damn life. I like the concept of books and literacy, like it is cute when I go to a hookup's house and they have a cute wooden library with books and shit or when people go to libraries to in movies as an excuse to have sex in the bathrooms, but when it comes to the actual reading I fucking hate it.
I used to think that the teacher shortage was just another issue that people ignored, but after overlooking what has been causing it, I don’t think that we should ignore it anymore. I didn’t realize how bad it was until it affected my own school and many others. Now it’s affecting kids and staff. I can tell everyone right now that the teacher shortage is very REAL, and we need to resolve it. I can guarantee that I am not the only one thinking about the teacher shortage and working conditions. People throughout the world wonder why there is such a drastic shortage involving teaching jobs. However, not many people stop and think about what is causing it or what to do in order to fix it. It could help to understand the causes of why there are such fewer teachers in many schools. School districts are also struggling with shortages of teachers, particularly in many subjects. Men and women go to school everyday to learn and get a good education, although how is it possible without any instructions from an educator? So, what can we do? Schools look for teachers who have the time, the tools, and the trust they need to be most effective. So, they deserve to work in an environment that is more respectful and supportive to them in many ways. Sometimes it might be the reason why half of the new teacher population quit after at least five years into teaching. This kind of issue can affect every parent, child, school district, and community. States have responded quickly by developing and applying new motivation and training programs to attract more teachers to this profession. We believe there is an immense amount that we can all do to ensure more individuals see that this is the most critical and rewarding path they can take. Teachers always come and go throughout schools, but in recent years there are some new reasons for this change. There is no doubt that the main reason why schools do not have enough teachers can be that it deals with personal issues on their part. Ultimately, I believe that teachers in our society do not have jobs due to the lack of respect from students, low paying rates, and large classroom sizes that can be too much for a teacher to handle.
Back in 2006, longtime Somers Track Coach and Phys Ed Teacher Charles Gilberti lost a extended fight with cancer. He died at the age of 67 in Las Vegas. At the Lovell Street Bar and Grill, Somers alumni and colleagues came out to pay respects soon after. They did so in a manner befitting a Somers fixture that few ever addressed as Charles or Mr. Gilberti.
I remember my senior year. That was the moment of big decisions. Many of those decisions are simple memories, but the one choice that changed my life was selecting my career.
What do you do as a teacher when you’re on summer break and you CANNOT sit still? You create a bucket list of things you’d like to do for the summer. It’s a personal goal to finish everything on the list and go into the next year ready as ever.
I recall the end of 2014 one of the most exciting times of my life. I finally finished my undergraduate degree in Psychology along with my now-husband and we were both ready to take that first step into the "real world" of careers and corporate work.
The average high school teacher makes a salary somewhere between $50,000-$60,000. Sounds pretty good, right? Just wait...
If the quote above isn't true... then clearly you haven't been in education. I've been a first-grade teacher for four years and what I've learned in that time is that if your students don't love you... you're screwed. They will not learn. They will not listen. They will not try. Kids do not learn from people they don't like.
When people ask me where I teach, there is always a moment of hesitation before I respond. That moment of hesitation doesn’t come from an insecurity of my profession or any sort of lack in confidence, but that hesitation represents the questions that I know will inevitably come after I reveal that I am a high school teacher in a juvenile prison. I know, I know, there are probably a few quick judgments that pass through your mind: “Wow, that’s pretty cool!” “Oh my god, aren’t they dangerous? Are you scared?” or, my personal favorite, “You must not do any real teaching.” Yes, those are all comments that have been made to my face, but there are a few things you need to know about being a teacher for the young adults in the juvenile corrections system.