Dear Common Sense,
Of course everything is o.k. Every now and then, teachers need to take days off. This year you gave me seven classes to teach, five of which require different text books to plan from, and then for S and G’s you have me sitting in the computer room, although beyond basic keyboarding and Excel, I really don’t know much about computers, and you don’t let the kids play educational games nor use educational programs on the internet. Actually, you never gave me a text book to use either, I am suppose to invent activities daily for ages of students five to fourteen.
I take a college math course two nights a week. Teachers are given a certain amount of days they can call in sick. Calling in a day here and there, I certainly have not reached my ten days yet, and usually don’t reach the total I could call out at all. While a normal school gives their teachers a break, or a conference period, I have had to invent my own breather after marathon teaching three core subjects in the morning hours. I know you’d like me to grade after school, and though I do work after hours, I too, have a life, a class I must attend and study for. Not to mention, my mother was hospitalized this semester for ten days, has been house bound since, and family drama with my out of control sibling ensued.
Needless to say, Common Sense, I need to call out sick, to finish grading papers and get report cards done. I am almost never actually sick, just need time to finish activities. When I subbed for the public school system, they didn’t blink an eye and planned for teachers to call out on such days, to prep, plan, and grade materials. It is unfortunate that you don’t ever work the schedule you gave me. While I love the students, you really have very little common sense, as to what it is your teachers do on a daily, minutely basis to help our students learn all they do.
Just Another Hard Working Teacher