Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Giving Thanks for....30 days of Thanksgiving

Hello friends and welcome to Natsha In Oz.com!

I always wanted to be a teacher. My mum tells me that from a very young age I would line up my toys and teach them how to read and write and when my 2 younger sisters were born they too had to sit in my "classroom" and be taught.

I loved my job as a high school teacher when I first started teaching but each year it got harder and harder and now that I have recently resigned from my full time position I realise what a thankless vocation it really is. I am sure that all jobs are stressful and hard but it was getting too much for me to work full time as a teacher then come home to do do it all again with my own children.....

I was getting tired of not being able to help my own kids with homework and  assignments because I had been doing it all day at work and I was exhausted.

I was getting tired of always being snappy at my kids and even snappier at my patient and supportive husband.

I was getting tired of getting to school early in the morning to answer emails, prepare lessons and mark papers. I was getting tired of having to work through my lunch break so I could stay on top of everything or to use that time to counsel a student who was behind with her work,  fighting with friends or suffering in some other way.

I was getting tired of having to stay after school for department meetings and have someone else pick up my kids from school. I guess I was just plain TIRED!

I am not sharing all of this with you for sympathy-I am saying this because sometimes I don't think many people understand how hard it is to be a teacher these days.

So, on Day 3 of 30 days of Thanksgiving over at The Tatum's blog "Keepin up with the Tatums", I want to spend 5 minutes giving thanks and praise for all teachers; those people who tirelessly work to guide and nurture our young people... our future.

I thank the teachers who sacrifice so much for their students yet get very little in return.

I also want to thank their families and friends, their own children and their husbands/wives who support them when they are tired, cranky and snappy! Thank you Mr Attorney, Maddy and Big Al!

Best wishes,
Natasha In Oz

If a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 40 people in his office at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn't want to be there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence for nine months, then he might have some conception of the classroom teacher's job.  ~Donald D. Quinn


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