It's even worse in Utah, where we have the second lowest teacher's salary in country.
That being said, there certainly are some perks from being a teacher. Many that I didn't expect!
Old people respect my career.
I don't even know why that matters but it does. I love sitting on a train and some old person asks me what I'm doing and I tell them I'm gonna be a teacher and they just bubble about it. They love it. "Kids these days doing all kinds of whosits with their degrees... teaching is something reliable!" Yessir. Reliable to get a job maybe. Not reliable to get paid... but thanks for your respect!
That look on a child's face...
When they understand my sarcasm. I try not to be too sarcastic around children because for the most part, they don't get it. At all. And why would I communicate to them in a way they don't understand. Yet, I can't help it when a little sarcastic comment comes out. And a kid looks over at me knowingly, maybe a little smile, that look in their eye, and they just get it. That's what teaching is all about.
Holidays are a BIG DEAL always.
So very true. There will always be a reason to celebrate in elementary school. I fully intend to be just like Miss Frizz, dressing over the top for small occasions. Making the small occasions into big ones makes the year a lot more interesting!
The fact is, when it comes down to the roots of it all, no one is a teacher because it is easy or because of the money (HAHAHAHA!!! Oh...) We're teachers because we truly feel that it is our calling in life. This stands for almost everyone I've met who is a teacher or who will be a teacher. It's fulfilling to be in a field where we feel such great purpose.
So that's why I'm a teacher! And for the moments when I leave the classroom for two minute only to come back and find this.
And an update: Tomorrow I meet my field site teacher, the woman I'll be working with for the next year. What I know: It's a 3rd grade classroom, but you already knew that too. What I recently learned, however, is that it is a gifted classroom. Now I'm all kinds of excited.