So I don't want this to turn into who has the hardest job, because I know teaching is stressful to everyone. I'm just wondering where this perception comes from that teachers who teach Pre-K and K don't have to work very hard. One of our 3rd Grade teachers was in the copy room with 2 Kinder teachers today and I think she was sorry she said anything. She was saying she wanted to move down to a lower grade because she's doing her master's this fall and needs her nights free from planning, etc. We were like, um... we plan too. Plus we have to make everything we use for workstations each week, our own assessments (because there aren't any good published ones out there and we don't have textbooks). Plan for small group instruction in reading and math on top of the whole group lessons, not to mention the hours spent looking for ideas for projects and things to keep the high kids challenged and remediate for those who can't even spell their own name. I have been coming into school at 6:30 and staying until at least 5:30 for the past few months and I still don't feel caught up. It's not the first time I've heard these comments either. All teachers deserve appreciation this week, but I just wish we could change this perception that we play and fingerpaint all day. Just my .