Sunday, September 30, 2012

Top ten facts you may not know about teachers...

My place of work

10. Teachers are legally bound to administer an Epipen in an emergency situation.
9. Supply teachers  do not come from the supply closet.

8. Teachers have no expense account. They cannot claim gas mileage, lunches, friend's lunches, friends of friends' expensive dinners, hotel rooms etc.

7.  Teachers are expected to attend costly professional development conferences and workshops, usually held on nights and weekends. The teachers unions offer limited funding for PD -- which comes from our union dues -- not from our employer.

6. Teachers source, research and create MOST of their course content; from designing lesson plans for each class, creating assignments and tests from scratch, choosing textbooks and media resources to designing their own assessment and evaluation plan.

5. Teachers are obligated to make an offense declaration each year.

4.Teachers pay for their own Christmas party, TGIFs and retirement parties.

3. Teachers  do all their own photocopying, word processing, phone calls and emails. The school office staff have enough work to do with their own near excessive administrative duties -- they are not teachers' personal secretaries and never have been.

2. Teachers are expected to be involved in extracurricular activities. They do so unpaid and on their own time. Again -- no expense account, hence many more hours spent organizing fundraisers. Fundraisers where many of the customers are fellow teachers.

And ... Number One ... wait for it...

Luckily, my niece invited us -- her own hand-raised bird
1. Teachers don't get a Christmas bonus -- not even a turkey.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

How Social Media is ruining Our Minds -- turn off the computer and go out to play for once!

Holly and Family having real fun in the real world

Oh My.  School will be up and the kids running again in less than two weeks.

I, myself have only the one semester left before I retire. As if I would never stop teaching -- self-proclaimed know-it-all here...

With this in mind, I came across this info-graphic (in itself a statement of how information has to be presented in a flashier, multimedia fashion to garner attention)

Is Social Media Ruining Our Minds?

From Visually.

My Ottawa, Canada's Capital

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