When I was student
teaching, my CT was teaching a rhythm on the drums - "play the djembe". She asked the students (grade threes) if anyone
knew what a djembe was. One student put up his hand and said, "It's like, this bag that you put your gym clothes in."
Wow - we had a good laugh over that one! From then on I haven't been able to think of this pattern as anything else
but "Play the gym bag"!
What do Teachers Make?
The dinner guests
were sitting around the table discussing life. One man, a CEO of a multi-million dollar corporation, decided to explain the
"problem" with education today. He ranted: "What's a kid going to learn from
someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher, eh?" He
reminded the other dinner guests that it's true what they say about teachers: "Those who can do. Those who can't teach." To corroborate, he said to another guest: "You're a teacher, Laura," he said. "Be
honest now. What do you make?" Laura, who had a reputation of honesty and frankness,
replied, "You want to know what I make?”
“I Make kids
work harder than they ever thought they could. I can make a C+ feel like a Congressional Medal of Honor and an A- feel like
a slap in the face if the student did not do his or her very best."
"I can make kids
sit through 40 minutes of study hall in absolute silence."
"I can make parents
tremble in fear when I call home"
"You still want
to know what I make? But best of all..."
"I make kids wonder."
"I make them question."
"I make them criticize."
"I make them apologize
and mean it."
"I make them write."
"I make them read,
"I make them spell
over and over and over again.
"I elevate them
to experience music and art and the joy in performance, so their lives are rich, full of kindness and culture, and they take
pride in themselves and their accomplishments."
"I help them understand
that they have good brains, and they should USE them to do good things and then follow their own hearts and dreams... and
if someone ever tries to judge them by what they make, pay them no attention."
"You still want
to know what I make?" Laura asked and she replied
"I Make A Difference
I'M TIRED OF THOSE HIGH PAID TEACHERS!
I, for one, am sick and tired of those high paid
teachers. Their hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work nine or ten months a year!
It's time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do...baby-sit!
We can get that for less than minimum wage. That's right......I would give them $3.00 dollars an
hour and only the hours they worked, not any of that silly planning time.
That would be 15 dollars a day.
Each parent should pay 15 dollars a day
for these teachers to baby-sit their children. Now, how many do they teach in a
day....maybe 25. Then that's 15 X 25=$375 a day. But remember
they only work 180 days a year!
I'm not going to pay them for any vacations. Let's see... *that's 375 x180= $67,500.00 (Hold on, my calculator must need batteries!)
What about those special teachers
or the ones with masters degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage just to be fair. Let's
round it off to $6.00 an hour. That would be $6 times 5 hours times 25 children
times180 days =$135,000.00 per year.
Wait a minute, there is something wrong here!!!
There sure is, huh????!!!!!!!!!!!!