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Spring Break - Teacher Life

Updated: Nov 14, 2018

So, the family is in Gulf Shores enjoying some heat (compared to Michigan) with several other teacher families. Of course, the talk around the pool seems to come back to a number of things regarding school. This is unlike conversations held during the work week for a number of reasons. Interestingly, two days in, and everyone was becoming more rested and had the energy to engage in deeper conversation. Also, as the kids played, we had time to wrap our heads around several perspectives regarding some major issues. The families shared concerns about needing a sideline to make ends meet, questioned if it was a field we would have endeavored if we had the chance to start over, narrowing the focus of your curriculum to be successful on a standardized test vs. teaching a love of learning, everything society/family is not teaching what schools are expected, current statewide teacher strikes, workload and stress increasing, lack of respect for the profession, and possibilities of colleagues being able to carry a weapon in schools.

As the sun was setting on another beautiful day, we all agreed that the profession and public education faces some big challenges moving forward. We celebrated some of our biggest accomplishments of school year; however, also recognized some legitimate concerns for our kids (students) and teachers. What's on your mind this spring break? Please feel free to share.

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