I found this great blog by Michael Smith from a few years ago and thought I would share it with the blogsphere. Enjoy!
Everywhere I go (work, home, work, home, work, home… rinse, lather, repeat), people ask me if I’m ready for school to start.
Turns out there is such a thing as a stupid question.
No, I’m not ready.
What I’m ready for is summer to last forever.
Forever. Which I understand is a very long time.
Who doesn’t love summer? Especially if you work at a school.
The warm weather, time to golf, vacations, wearing shorts to “work”, mowing (okay, bad example… at least after the first mow), and best of all… a monthly paycheck.
If you didn’t get this, let me say it (or type it) again.
They pay me… and I’m NOT working with the teachers or students.
Let’s all take a moment to comprehend this little nugget.
Pay, but no work (not “regular” work… still plenty to do).
Basically it’s stealing. Actually there is no basically about it.
Not with a gun, but with a Master’s Degree.
If you know teenagers who are undecided about what they want to do with their lives, I have a suggestion for them.
They want to be…
My work consists of being around kids (better than adults), going to games (better than a real job), and working shorter hours in the summer (it’s like I stopped aging at 12).
I’m living the dream.
This doesn’t mean everything about my job is perfect. Trust me, it isn’t.
But I do get to wear shorts in the summer (did I mention students and teachers are not around), so that makes up for a lot of the troubles during the school year.
I think as educators we do a terrible job at expressing what great jobs we have.
It’s easy for us to fall into complaint mode and point out the negatives of our profession.
The worst thing is we do this in front of our students.
We complain and complain until we have convinced the very best and brightest students that working in education is not something they should pursue.
Instead of promoting careers in teaching, we discourage them.
I am here to break the cycle.
Education is the best job ever. And I mean ever.
So this year, I think everyone should follow this rule: if you can’t say anything nice about education, don’t say anything at all (I just made that up).
To review… people ask me if I’m ready for the regular routine of school after 2 ½ months of working alone.
Reason. I love summer.
But that doesn’t mean I don’t love my job during the school year.
It just means I love getting paid while wearing shorts a little better.