Teachers are some of the hardest working people I know. As a teacher myself, in years past, I am very aware of all of the additional preparation and work that goes on during the weekends, summers and in the evenings.
Many people think teachers have an easy job. They say teachers have summers off, all the major holidays off, fall break, spring break and Christmas break. However, what no one realizes is that for many teachers that time is spent in preparation for the upcoming semester or school year.
Just think about this…the typical elementary teacher has a classroom of 25-30 students with an average day of say 8:00 to 3:00. During the school day, there are few if any breaks. Lunch consists of 30 minutes that turn into 20 minutes after the students are walked to the cafeteria. In an 8-hour day, that leaves an hour and a half each day for planning, before and after school duty, parent meetings and staff meetings. In addition, elementary teachers are responsible for teaching language arts (reading, writing, spelling and penmanship), math, social studies, and science and in some schools art, music and fitness to students with vastly different ability levels and needs.
So… in honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week, take a moment to thank a teacher. And remember:
“A teacher affects eternity; no one can tell where his (her) influence stops.” Henry Adams
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