What he didn't understand was that those four “non-teaching” periods were either spent dealing with student concerns, or working one-on-one – and I either ate lunch in my room while kids played catch-up or ate in the cafeteria to build better relationships.
At the time my friend was working as a personal trainer at a private gym for some fancy corporation. He showed up at 9am, motivated a few portly CEOs, then clocked out at 5pm. He didn't realize that a teacher doesn't stop being a teacher after the final bell rings. My first year teaching was pretty characteristic of all first year experiences. I got to school early, stayed late, then brought home work to do during commercials.
I'm now in my sixth year of teaching, and this routine has not changed much. Last night after spending almost three hours working on lesson plans, I asked myself, shouldn't this be getting easier? For good teachers, I think there's an obvious answer to that.
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