What’s In Your Job Description?


How does your job description read? There are probably many, many things you do that aren’t necessarily written on the job description you signed, but you still do them. They either make your job easier, or more enjoyable, or both.

The same can be said for teaching. The main part of our job is in the classroom with the kids. But before 9am and after 3pm there are plenty of other things we do that are part of our job, but not necessarily part of our job description.

In the past I’ve done drama group, ukulele group, guitar group, and kapa haka group – all of these were either before school or during my break times. Those are just a few of the things I’ve done in the past. Next year I’m at a different school so I’m sure there will be other things that need to be done.

I’m just going to wonder out loud (if that is possible with typed blog-words) – how many politicians use up their lunch breaks to improve the lives of others?

All teachers in public education systems all around the world have a vast range of skills they use to help the kids around them.

It’s not about the money, it’s about the kids. Keeping kids engaged with their learning. Keeping kids excited about their future. And keeping kids safe.

That’s why six teachers died in Connecticut this weekend. They were trying to make sure the kids in their school were protected from a man who wanted to cause as much harm as he possibly could. The teachers tried to stop him. They weren’t armed, yet they still ran towards him trying to beat the bullets in their desperate attempts to remove the danger he was bearing down on the kids in their care.

Was “protecting my students from gunman” in their job descriptions?

Your heart just breaks watching the pictures scroll up the side of the screen while President Obama reads their names. Kids with everything ahead of them.

I never thought I would be saying something like this: thank you to those US teachers who gave their lives to protect the children they teach. I am really struggling for words, but thank you.

So it’s not about neo-liberal reforms or spending formulas. It’s not about mergers or closures. It’s not about national standards or ranking schools based on test results. And it’s definitely not about remuneration. Being a teacher is about the kids.

It will always be about the kids.


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