Teachers—we’re human

12 Sep

Most of us.

We bleed, laugh and cry. We take pride in our appearance.

Most of us.

Exhibit A: Please note these are not my coworkers and these are not teachers from the inservice I attended today. They are just some unfortunately styled teachers from an education website.

Here are some more. Exhibit B: Now, not only are these teachers poorly styled, they also seem to be participating in some type of “repeat after me” exercise the facilitator is modeling for them to show their students.

Or maybe they are a Marzano tribute choir.

Regardless, they are all just unpleasant models of the profession. I realize they seem to be older teachers and I also know that teachers are paid peanuts.

Oh, wait no, no more peanuts in schools. Rice cakes. Yes, rice cakes as payment.

Looking current does not have to cost a lot of money. For ladies, it’s as simple as staying away from pleated pants and big bangs that require the use of shellac to withstand classroom force winds and no blue eye shadow or frosty lipstick. For gents, pants that hit the tops of your shoes and ties that aren’t skinny will get you by.

Just like any profession, it’s hard to be taken seriously by those with whom you interact, if you don’t look like you belong in the current decade. This is especially true if you work with kids. Kids know what is in fashion and what is not. I could not expect my students to pay me any grain of respect if I had on high water pants and an ill-fitting shirt.

Respect is a good segue into my next teacher topic.

aWe like to be respected by other teachers, administrators and instructors. Even if we are wearing white Keds with high water khaki pants, okay?

This means treating each other with dignity and not requiring us to play “get to know you” games in order to share teaching strategy. Just no. Teachers don’t like to play “Who loves Ketchup and Kitty Cat” Bingo. Just no. We don’t like touching each other in high five form or mispronouncing words in lame attempts at humor. Just no.

You see, teachers are remarkable communicators. We like to talk and write and share our craft. We like to share new ideas on instructional strategies, classroom management, and better evaluation techniques. Put us together and let us work things out and discuss organically. I could argue we don’t really need a facilitator.

We do not like to stand in circles and rotate and mimic rubbish. Just no.

Also, we want more money.




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