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  1. CFClassroom

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    that all of the teacher-bashers that point fingers and blame could have seen me at the salon with foils in my hair and my math curriculum in my lap while everyone else enjoyed People magazine and the like.

    What might you get caught doing to show how much personal time teachers invest?
     
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  3. myangel52

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    Working the majority of the weekend at home, instead of really enjoying time with my babies.

    Reading school books and doing planning while sitting outside during the summer, supervising my little ones while they are playing.

    This is, of course, in addition to all the extra time spent AT school (over an hour and a half extra each day, outside of contracted time).
     
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    When I am sitting in the coffee shop with the laptop and books, it's school work and grading.

    When I am reading a book at the beach, it's not for pleasure - I am probably teaching it the next semester.
     
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    If those same people only knew how much of our OWN money we can spend every year.
     
  6. each1teach1

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    I work tech (computer, lights, etc.) at the children's ministry at our church. Between the 9 and 11 am service, I was sitting at the sound board, grading tests.
     
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    Grading papers or planning at my son's sporting events. Or studying for my grad classes.
     
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    Sitting here at school planning on a Sunday afternoon, after running a memorial 5K.

    Sorting through the boxes of books at the library sale to pick out ones for our classroom library.
     
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    Spending my Friday nite and most of Saturday organizing and analyzing data from last week's reading tests in order to write differentiated lesson plans for this next week. Then spending all of Sunday morning writing those lesson plans and aligning them to the CCstandards. That's the weekend.
     
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    I've taken "to be graded papers" on retreats and road trips. I usually spend my lunch feeding myself with one hand, grading/ lesson planning/ making copies with the other.
     
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    sorting beginning of the year paperwork on the beach! or typing lesson plans while my kids cheer outside!
     
  12. MsMar

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    Sitting and grading papers at my son's soccer game.
    Lesson planning at my daughter's cheer games.
    Not going with my girlfriends on a four hour day trip of lunch and shopping because I had to do school work.
    Canceling on a girl's camping weekend a week before I was supposed to go because it would have caused too much stress in catching up on school work.

    So in a nutshell, my close friends see how hard I work, and any attendees at my children's sporting events see how I squeeze it in when I can.
     
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    Going in to work on a Saturday from 12-6pm... only to get kicked out by the Principal!

    Its something about pushing yourself to be the best you can to make sure that your students have the best.
     
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    National Honor Society stuff at 4 am on a Saturday morning when I can't sleep.

    (I tried coming on here, but I was the ONLY one here!!!)
     
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    using my birthday giftcard to barnes and noble to purchase the following
    The end of molasses classes
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    HOw Lincoln learned to read

    to help me improve my teaching.
     
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    The fact that while I make substantially less money now that I'm not teaching, but have substantially more discretionary funds, since I'm not spending so much of my own money on my classroom.
     
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    Correcting papers while waiting for car repairs.
    Taking time on every Sunday afternoon to plan for the week.
    Planning my house purchase around summer vacation, in fact, planning every major thing around vacations, report cards, and events at school.
     
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    Going to a wine fest with my family on the weekend only to sit and plan for the upcoming weeks lessons...
     
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    If grades are due, then papers are being graded at home. Other than that, everything else is done at school. Nothing wrong with trying to leave work mentality at work.
     
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    Sitting outside with 3 other mothers on a Friday night as our children play. Myself and one other are grading papers while catching up with our friends.
    (The dads are usually playing with the kids :) )
     
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    I took papers to grade this weekend to my college's football game at Cowboy's Stadium.. I graded before and after the game.

    I bring home my lesson plans and write the whole following week every Saturday... I do wish people could see the amount of work we put in. It's not like we jump up and go home at 3:30/4:00 every day like a lot of people think.
     
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    I've done grading in church before. Awesome.
     
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    Drinking. Eating cheesecake when I know I shouldn't.



    (Kidding.)
     
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    Leaving my Sundays free of any commitment because I always have way too much school work to accomplish ... hours and hours of work.

    Spending a hefty chunk of my own money today for supplies for Homecoming dance decorations.
     
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    That was my thought too. I've already spent a few hundred dollars this year, and I'm not one of those people that's spending tons of money on cutesy decorations- it's stuff I have to have like pencils, notebooks, scissors, etc. I'd like to see what would happen if office managers started telling their employees they were going to be providing their own office supplies out of their own pockets...there would be an uprising. Yet teachers are just expected to do it no questions asked.
     
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    I am grading papers and working on lesson plans while I am cooking dinner!
     
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    Buying things for a class that doesn't exist - I'm back to subbing after some budget cuts.
    Looking up multiple grades' state standards and developing active lessons for tutoring students NOT in my class.
    Creating games and learning manipulatives for "someday"
    Taking masters courses and working 3 jobs to keep my certification current (and still pay my bills)
    Oh the list could go on...

    The main thing: I wish I had my own classroom again!!
     
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    Planning my honeymoon around the school calendar last year, and this year debating whether or not I can get away for a weekend with my DH for our first anniversary based on how much planning I have to do.
     
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    I wish they knew how my mind is almost always on my students and how I can better serve them. I wish they could see the tears I have shed from frustration over what some kids endure in life. I wish they could see the tears after parents are mean and hurtful over issues that should never be issues. I wish they could see how I never take the parents' nastiness and direct it towards their kids.
     
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    Road trips with the hubby driving and I am in the passenger seat, grading papers.
    The math teacher at our school that spent 3 days a week for an entire semester tutoring a student. The student was trying to get into USMC and couldn't pass the math portion of the ASVAB. He is now a CPL in the USMC.
    Our contracted hours end at 3:30. I am usually here until 5:15 almost every afternoon.
    Getting so excited at a farm auction over the weekend because we bought a huge filing cabinet for my classroom - for $10.
    Scavenging for class materials at local yard sales and bringing home more for my classroom that for home.
    Spending countless hours this summer putting all my curriculum into a program for computer based testing.
     
  31. Aliceacc

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    And let's not forget those things that don't exactly fall under the job description either-- like reviving a kid who has passed out while keeping 39 others under control. (THough I have to admit, both times recently that I've had kids pass out, the classmates were fabulous.)
     
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    All the above, plus getting up at 7 AM on a day I'm home sick because I'm worried about having plans for the next week that will work even if I'm still out!
     
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    For me, it's sitting at the pool in the summertime writing lesson plans and making pacing guides for curriculums. People always wonder what I'm doing.
     

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