Roll on Half Term

October 18, 2009 at 6:05 pm (Uncategorized)

Near the Lake

“Great holidays” – that is the most comment response I get when I tell people I’m a teacher.  Usually followed by how jammy it is that we get around 12 weeks off a year.  And it does indeed on the face of it sound jammy.  However if teachers didn’t get that much holiday I don’t think there would be any teachers.  At least not any emotionally stable ones.

This week alone I have worked 60 hours and my timetable is a few hours under most peoples.  However I know there are  plenty of people like bankers and lawyers who work just as many hours and aren’t compensated by statutory regular holidays.  What do I do that they don’t that means I get to have this much holiday?  I am emotionally drained, I am at the beck and call of 150 (that’s just the ones I teach regularly) 11 – 19 year olds five days a week for nine hours at a time.  I deal with tantrums, emotions, crying 11 year olds and swearing screaming 16 year olds and I can’t escape them or avoid the situation – I have to be the adult and resolve the situation.

I’m not complaining – I chose this job and I adore it but by 3:45 on a weekday I normally feel like I’ve run a marathon and I don’t think that’s just because I’m an NQT, everyone else in my department seems to be the same.  I’m so snowed under with marking and reports and all the other endless list of things we have to do but I’m not having a nervous breakdown because I know the week after next I will be off in the countryside, relaxing, recuperating and catching up on anything thats still not been done.  If it wasn’t for half term I think I’d be curled up in a ball in the corner of my living room screaming that they can’t make me go to work.

So next time you mock a teacher for having an easy life with their holidays stop and think – would you rather have good teachers or gibbering wrecks looking after your children.

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