Saturday, February 9, 2013

The Two Types of High School Teachers

Okay - first, let me apologize if this in anyway comes across as humble bragging. I'm just delivering the message and if I come across like an okay sort, believe me it's true to some of my students and definitely NOT to others. But this conversation was still amazing.

So, my quotable kid, as I'll call this junior girl I'm oft quoting here and on Twitter, starts a conversation with me today. (Yes, on a Saturday, we had a snow day make-up day -grrrrr).
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"Hey, Ms. Jro. There are essentially two kinds of high school teachers."

Me: "Oh, yeah?"

"Yeah. Totally. Like the ones who had a great time at high school and so they're back, reliving their glory days and then the teachers like you, who teach because they love teaching."

Me: "You really think so?"

"Totally. You know the ones, the cool teachers who are out clustered in groups in the hallway gossiping about us and stuff."

Me: "So what are you saying about me? I'm not cool?" (I don't gather in the hallway)

"No, that's why you ARE cool. Like the art teacher, drama teacher, band teacher and sometimes the English teachers are nerds, too. Like the ones of us that are nerds. But those other teachers, it's like they were the TOP DOGS in high school and now they're back, still making life miserable for the nerds. Because, it was like, the best time of their lives, and they want to go back."

So, fellow nerds, agree? Disagree? Discuss. I'm kind of thinking she may have a point.

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  1. I don't know. I've always thought there are two types, too. But I figured they're the ones who teach because they love it and love working with the kids, and those who do it because it's a paycheck that includes summers off.

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    1. There's that as well. I think the love working with kids part is what the kids notice.

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  2. Interesting post, Jaye. Just had a similar conversation a short while ago with my sister, who is a teacher. I was the one who always wanted to be a teacher and still struggled with the idea until recently. During the conversation, I told her I finally came to the conclusion that I was never meant to be a teacher. I loved Math and I loved school, but that didn't mean I was supposed to be a teacher. There are some people who are meant (called) to teach, then there are "others" as your student has so intelligently pointed out. I taught high school math for two months. I realized then that I talk too much (as in frequent conversations with my students) to be an effective teacher.

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    1. They are such interesting people, it's hard not to get distracted sometimes.

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  3. I think there's another kind of teacher... the one who USED to love teaching, but doesn't anymore. My biggest concern about tenure is that it keeps people behind the desk who shouldn't be there anymore.

    And snow day make-up? On Saturday? Dang... we just say Hurray and go on. On the other hand if we don't use the snow days, we teach the full year.

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    1. Yep. I know those folks as well. Short-timers, close to retirement, counting the days.

      We've had so many days off already with no make-ups, they are trying to keep it from happening on the far end.

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  4. Teachers who hated school and are back for revenge popped into my head when I was trying to think of types of teachers - ha! Just a little dramatic but after reading the post, you're student make a good point, I agree with her.

    Also, school on Saturday? Unheard of! Snow day? Yes please! Here in Australia were currently experiencing a three day heat wave.

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  5. I live in such a rural area that many of our teachers graduated from our high school. So I think there may be some real truth in her statement in regards to our school.

    Yep, I have an Aussie CP who has been moaning about the heat over there. It's always so crazy to me how there can be REVERSE seasons in the world. I have a friend whose husband is South African and he was used to having watermelon at Christmas, which are, of course, impossible to get in the US in December. One year, she had a watermelon FED-X'ed as his Christmas present!

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  6. This definitely makes me think, mainly because hubby & I have been talking about it a lot. I love teaching, and try so hard to be one of those teachers who is there because they love it and want to help their students. But lately I've started noticing that I'm really fed up with students who don't pull their own weight, and that's making me bitter. I mean, I do everything I can on my end, I feel, but have students who are just lazy and then take it out on my evaluations and such. Makes me batty! I worry that if I keep at this (with my insane class load I have this semester) I'll be another prof who just is waiting for summer so I can get back to my own research. Ahhh, it was an insanely long week, can you tell? Thank heavens I didn't have school yesterday or I would have been the prof screaming in her office :)

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    1. I have days where I worry I'll end up one of "those" teachers. I hope that never happens. But like I said in the first sentence, I certainly have kids that already think I am.

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  7. That is super interesting. And I have to say that I can see it. There are definitely (moreso when I taught in a HS than now in a MS) some that seem to just live out their teenage experiences with more power.

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  8. Hmmm. I must say I've seen a few examples. There was the pom and dance coach when my youngest was in HS. This lady's pom and dance team seriously rocked -- they were amazing. Too bad she wasn't half as good as an English teacher and lost her job after a few years. Similar things over the years with a gym teacher (of mine) who had been a star athlete and was back at his own alma mater, and another guy who taught mainly so he could qualify to coach a sport. Hmmm. Is there a pattern here or what?

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