Confessions of a Teacher

Fridays: A Teacher Confessional

About Jake MillerMr. Jake Miller is the 2016 National History Day Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year, a 2017 NEA Global Fellow to China, and a former candidate for county-wide office. Miller has written more than 500 articles, most of which have appeared on The Educator’s Room. He’s the opening contributor to TER’s book When the Fire Is Gone. Learn more about Jake at www.MrJakeMiller.comPodcast Review: 1865 – November 2, 202010 Reasons Why American Reconstruction Is the Most Important Unit I’ll Teach This Year – October 26, 20209 Growing Gaps in Education Are A Learning Lesson for All – October 5, 2020Podcast Review: Nice White Parents – September 14, 2020Support Staff: The Real Superheroes of the 2020-21 School Year – September 11, 2020How School Boards Became the Most Important People You Never Voted For – August 27, 202015 Things My 4-Year-Old Taught Me About Education – June 27, 20202020: An Educator’s Summer of Waiting on COVID-19 – June 19, 2020A Teacher’s Love-Hate-Love Relationship with Zoom – June 1, 2020I’m a Teacher and a Father,Here Are 10 Things My Younger Son Taught Me About Education – May 4, 2020Rebecca Black took a student’s perspective with her song “Friday,” focusing on the last day of the work week, where she wrote after “gettin’ down on a Friday, everyone’s looking forward to the weekend.” So, what about teachers’ perspectives on Friday? We asked our writers and readers, and here’s how they claimed to end the week:
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Multiple teachers claimed this was their best planning time. Reader Lauren S. and writer Jennifer Mason Wolfe said that their lesson plans, copies, and charts are all ready by Friday, and their desk is clean when they leave, making that Monday entrance feel that much better.It cannot be understated how important it is to feel like all the week’s work has been cinched closed so that the new school week is ready for us. Over the weekend, many things have happened – both in our students’ lives and our own. We want to be ready to meet those challenges.
Deborah B. says she works “5-11 at her second job.”That said, the teaching profession doesn’t always provide enough to pay the bills. While teachers’ salary is often (unfairly) compared to average household income, we are not average people. We typically have plenty of student debt from our loans for our bachelor’s and later master’s degrees, but we’re grossly underpaid compared to similarly educated counterparts. So many teachers take up a part-time gig.

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Mr. Jake Miller is the 2016 National History Day Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year, a 2017 NEA Global Fellow to China, and a former candidate for county-wide office. Miller has written more than 500 articles, most of which have appeared on The Educator’s Room. He’s the opening contributor to TER’s book When the Fire Is Gone. Learn more about Jake at www.MrJakeMiller.com

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