We had another very stressful staff meeting today. I posted a while back about a meeting that occurred earlier in the year, too... Most of the arguments revolve around teacher expectations. Whenever something new is put on us, people freak out. I get it. I'm stressed and overwhelmed. I think almost every teacher in the United States probably is. However, I feel like this is the profession I chose, and it is my job to do it well. Many of my co-workers argue that other professions are not like teaching, because they work 9-5 and they're done. I try to help my co-workers to realize that this is not the case for most people in the business world. My fiance is an engineer, and he works 50-60 hours per week (he is salary). They can call him at any time if a machine goes down. Does he have to go in and fix it? No, but he wants to do his job well. It seems like so many of the teachers I work with are all about "fair" and not working beyond their hours, and having less meetings and more prep time. I understand what they're saying, but I'm willing to do a little extra to do my job well. Why are teachers so stuck on the "I only get paid to work 40 hours per week" mentality? Most people in the business world don't think like that. Are teachers like this at your school?