Teacher Appreciation week is Monday, May 1 – Friday, May 5, and National Teacher Appreciation Day is officially Tuesday, May 2, 2017.
Wow–what a crazy week it’s been! Thursday night we sent all the kids home for a long weekend, but I remained at school until about 8:45. Then yesterday, on our day “off,” I was right back in the office at 6:00am and finally took off for the night around 7:45pm. Here’s the thing: I wasn’t the only one working yesterday. Almost the entire staff gave up part of their day off to sacrifice their own time for students. Teachers were…
- Giving practice AP exams so that students would have the best possible chance of earning some college credit in that class.
- Prepping for AP practice exams (so they could come back in on Monday’s day off to work with students).
- Supervising “Saturday” detention.
- Working on the schedule for next year to ensure that students get as many of the classes that they’ve asked for and ensuring that teachers have time to work collaboratively as a team–an enormous factor related to teachers’ wellbeing.
- Prepping for the art extravaganza next week.
- Prepping for Senior projects next week.
- Straightening up the classroom that got away from them last week because they devoted all of their free-time to students.
- Creating lesson plans for next week.
- Chaperoning prom and after-prom.
These are the things I was able to confirm for sure. Who knows how many other things were happening throughout the building that I didn’t even know about.
Great teachers are the hardest working people I’ve ever known! But it’s not the hard work that creates stress, burns them out, and leads to high attrition rates in education. It’s actually…
(Stay tuned–final part of the series next Thursday. Here is an informative read to peruse between now and then: Teacher Shortage Crisis Getting Worse.)