It’s ok to leave at 3

I read an article tonight about how some teachers are being called lazy for leaving as soon as they can after school lets out. My first reaction was, naturally, “Ha! How any lazy person could last even a day in this profession is beyond me!” But, after giving it some thought, I had to admit to myself that there are teachers out there that are pretty, well, freaking lazy.

I do have to say, though, that leaving at a particular time does NOT mean a teacher is lazy. It means they have somewhere to be. Or, it means they prefer to grade their stack of papers on their couch in a sweatshirt and no pants.

Ironically enough, what does make a teacher lazy is what they do during school. Any person that is truly connected to education in any meaningful way will agree that it is pretty easy to spot the teachers that are simply duds. I promise, I’m really not trying to sound mean here, but it’s just simply true. The teacher that watches a few movies every week, for example, should probably put a little more effort into planning meaningful lessons. A teacher that grades only a dozen or so assignments all quarter really needs to get more in touch with their inner grading ninja (and the feedback chapters in their old education textbooks). Anytime students describe a fellow teacher as a “boss” because they give them a half hour every day to just talk and go on their phones rings the lazy bell in my head (which has a sound a lot like an old-timey firehouse siren, oddly enough).

Basically, don’t be this teacher:

Except, you can be Cameron Diaz if you want. She’s pretty boss.



I have a unique perspective on teaching. As a young guy, I still have that “world is my oyster” perspective on life, so I am more than willing to try new things in the pursuit of happiness. I have always been a naturally happy person and don’t shy away from trying to make others see that it’s easy to be happy! Thus, the blog you’re reading. The main impetus for actually putting all the work in to getting this blog up and running? A coworker stopped me in the hall one day and actually reprimanded me for being so smiley all the time. They actually said that I shouldn’t be so happy as a teacher! My response? Screw that! I SHOULD be happy. I now smile at that coworker EVERY time I see them…and usually say something like, “Isn’t this such great day to be a teacher?!” They don’t usually smile back… Don’t be like them.

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