Getting calls from work on days off/school breaks

Discussion in 'Teacher Time Out' started by whizkid, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. Aces

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    No no no no no...I can't. I'm far too nosy for that. I want to know what's going on. I'm just not responding to emails. And yeah we'll get our official class list for the new semester sometime around the end of July when everything has been ironed. We have a very tentative "this might happen and it might not" course list currently.
     
  2. whizkid

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    It seems some school administrators don't know what "go to life" means....
     
  3. GemStone

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    I don't know what that means, lol.
     
  4. futuremathsprof

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    I think whizkid meant, “got a life.”
     
  5. whizkid

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    I'm taking it a step further. I have a very small circle of coworkers I talk to during school breaks. They know my rule: we don't know talk about _______________School District on a break. I'm blocking the school's number, administrator's number, and any coworker I think will contact me about that place. Nope, no calls this summer. No calls, no texts, hell, I'm blocking emails to my personal email. You might even try to contact me that way. Not doing it this summer. My nerves are up even thinking about it. I can't think of a summer that I'm anticipating more than this one.
     
  6. swansong1

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    Are you also using your summer to apply to jobs that you think you may enjoy more than your present job?
     
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    I am one of those people who does not feel compelled to answer a phone call, text message, or an email just because my phone rings, vibrates, or notifies me of new emails. I have friends who are freaked out by the fact that I can simply disconnect without going to drastic measures - nothing blocked, but simply ignored. I listen to any messages left, read any emails, just in case it is something that is time sensitive, like benefit deadlines, etc., but since I choose not to work during the summer, I feel no obligation to respond to messages from school that I have no interest in. Somewhere around the beginning to middle of August, I will start to consider the messages and then decide if they warrant any kind of response.

    All of that said, I have the luxury of NOT being the head of any committee or department, so I simply consider any message to be FYI, and not urgent. I'm more like Aces - I don't mind knowing what's going on, but that doesn't make my response mandatory. I would hate to go to all of the effort to block numbers and emails. No response is my reply, so attempts at contact are inconsequential to me. Maybe it is just my ability to ignore the phone that gives me peace of mind. I have noticed that most of my coworkers act as if they will burst into flames if any phone call or message goes unanswered for more than a few seconds. My phone and I never became joined at the hip, so my actions are in keeping with that laid back approach. Once in a blue moon, something useful comes across in a message, but it doesn't need my response. You might try a similar approach to see if that takes the aggravation out of the passing of potentially useful information. :cool:
     
  8. TeacherNY

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    I'm the same way. Since I get so many spam calls anyway, it's easy to just not care about answer my phone. My theory is that if it's an important call they will leave a message and I can get back to them as soon as I can. If the message seems urgent I don't delay in calling them back. If it's not urgent then I wait until I have the time.
    Same with emails. I definitely check my email over weekends or breaks but do NOT answer unless it is urgent or I am so bored I can't think of anything else to do on my breaks than to do extraneous work (that hasn't happened yet)!
     
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  9. Backroads

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    I prefer email. Frankly, if you're calling me during that off-time, it had better be pretty important. I don't have email notification on my phone, so I always have the option to check my email without it calling to me.

    My husband is driven mad by the fact I don't feel compelled to answer my phone every time it rings. I believe in the message system. I believe the rise of the mobile phone does not necessarily mean we must be 100% reachable. As a result, I deal with far fewer stupid calls than Husband.

    I don't think I've ever had a big problem with being overly contacted while on break, but I do like to tell myself I don't have to be contacted.
     
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    May I also add that I am arguably unemployed during the summer. If you expect me to be so involved, pay me.
     
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  11. whizkid

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    Let's not forget text messages on personal time. Heavens I can't wait until the last day. Phone numbers and email addresses are getting blocked.
     
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    I have no problems with parents contacting me during the summer if it’s for tutoring. Otherwise, I don’t respond until early August. I’m with whizkid, my summers are for time off and R&R.
     
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    From students?! Or staff?
     
  14. Backroads

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    Does anyone else here really do summer for me-time? I'm always hearing vague teachers out there say they work even harder on their profession during the summer.
     
  15. whizkid

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    Staff
     
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    I work hard on new restaurants, Netflix, Hulu and the NBA Finals during the summer.
     
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    I read some professional development books, but I otherwise take summer for me-time. I may do some school-related PD sessions or curriculum work, but that’s only if my district is offering extra pay.
     
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    I look at it this way: Yes, I am tutoring during the summer, but I make a ton of money ($120/hour) that I then use for me-time. And this summer I am going to finally start experiencing the life I’ve always wanted to live since I was a kid as I will hit a huge milestone very soon (100% debt free at 26).

    Giving up a few hours for 3-4 days is totally worth it over the summer because the pro’s >> con’s. :D
     
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    I don't plan, do other school related things, or spend weeks getting my room ready in the summer. I have taught summer school in the past, but that was only because the money was really good. I made more than I did during the school year doing half days with generally less responsibility (no meetings, paperwork, etc.). My district got rid of summer school a few years ago, and since then I haven't worked at all in the summers. I've looked into nearby districts, but the two that actually consider outsiders for summer school positions only pay $25 per hour, which isn't worth it IMO.

    I'm going back and forth about potentially taking some online classes this summer to move up to MA+40 on the salary scale. Long term it makes sense, as I'd get about a $1700 permanent raise, but in the short term it kind of stinks because I'd have to pay about $2500 to do the classes in the first place. I just got my +20 at the end of last summer and due to the costs of getting the credits in the first place, am not really even making any "extra" money yet.
     
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    There are many cheaper alternatives out there for graduate hours.
     

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