I am so excited for today's Guest Post from Paul at Redneck Latte. He is one funny guy and if you have never read him before, I encourage you to go grab a coffee and stop on over and get a few laughs. But today, he is stepping away from the funny and discussing another part of his life: Education. I approached Paul about guest posting because he has a very special job with some very special kids. What I love about this post, he asked a question to some of the teachers he works with and they gave him some very candid answers! Check it out!
Ever have 'that conversation'? You know, the one where your dreams are talking for you.
- If I won the Lottery, I'd...
- If I had no worries at all, I'd...
- If I could do anything at all, I'd...
- If I could just have one thing, I'd...
We all do, and we all have it often. But, are you really ready for the answer? Well, I asked, and they told, so here goes.
A little about me, really one of my favorite topics and all; I'm not a teacher. I'm a sub. I've been a student helper, and I've been a Stellar Sub, but I'm a sub. Now, I can teach, and in the eight years I've been working at a High School, I've learned more than I've taught. I've learned from some of the most professional, dedicated people I know. Teachers spend a lot of money to get and to stay in their chosen profession. And that's truly what it is, a profession. I'm proud to be a just a small part of it. So, when Cortney asked me to weigh in on "Ask The Teacher Tuesday", I thought, what the heck, I'll ask my very special group of Special Education teachers and friends...maybe they'll tell.
And they did.
I posed the question:
If any parent asked: "What can I do to make your job better? What would you say?
Here's what I got.
From a Resource Teacher:
Right now, I wish parents would support political and budget decisions that promote learning. Parents don't take action until there is a direct impact on their children. I get that, but many of the decisions being made today WILL affect their children tomorrow. People (politicians, parents) talk about the importance of education but don't support best learning practices with their votes or their money. I also think parents should think twice before attacking a teacher. Teachers are villainized by our media and end up being the scapegoat in many situations that are beyond our control. And one more thing...I'm tired of hearing people rationalizing teacher pay because of summer break. Do the math...prorate the number of days we work and account for years of experience, education, and normal vacation time...is that how much a good teacher is worth?
From a Teacher of Self Contained Mildly Autistic Children:
I would tell them to contact their state representatives about supporting legislation that benefits teachers and education in general. Such as: not furloughing teachers*, allowing teachers to continue to receive base pay increases for continuing education and degrees. I think it's also important for those who are financially able to support HHH** and send in different supplies, like hand sanitizer, tissues, cleaning wipes, and different office supplies.
From a Resource Math and Science Teacher:
Help your child to become more responsible for themselves. Help them to bring all materials and assignments to school, work with them at home on organization to help with maintaining all that is needed for school.
From a Resource and Collaborative Language Arts Teacher (who I'll admit is a little spoiled):
I would love a new computer. I also would like for parents to be faster at signing and returning any paperwork that I send home. (Just a note, one of my students told me the other day that he saw the "teacher computers" on e-bay for $20.00!)
From Collaborative Physics Teacher and one of our State Championship Baseball Coaches:
Provide extra funding to have someone take care of paperwork.
From Resource Math Teacher, whom we call "One Child Left Behind, because he did!!
Make IEP's illegal.
From one of our Parapros:
Think to instill in their kids to be respectful to all adults...we so lack that in our young people. They don't have to like us, just respect us for our years of service to this world!!
From a Vocational Preparation Program Teacher:
Home School your child (ha ha). Write your representatives! Have more tech. programs for our kids. And it takes more than 1 parent to do this.
From a Collaborative Social Studies Teacher -
Teach your children good manners and a strong work ethic, and pass it on.
From one of our Speech Therapists:
Oh you got me thinking now, I guess I'd say send us a child who respects others and has curiosity about the world.
So, It boils down to this:
Don't ask the teacher to do it all. Get involved: Contact State and Local Leaders and make yourself heard. Take responsibility as a parent to make your child understand that it's his education, and he has to get it. And while he's there - behave!
*The Governor of Georgia decided that all county employees would be furloughed for six days this year without pay...it's not been a real morale booster!
*HHH=Helping Hand and Hearts, a very successful Benevolence program at our school
Paul Brads, aka Redneck Latte is a Retired Phone Guy who spent 30 years with "The Phone Company" through all it's name changes, and retired in 2001. Since he got very bored, he then went to teachin' the youngins at a high school where he still works on a part time basis. Paul's focus is Special Education, although he is not certified in Special Ed. He's a collector, reader, writer, teacher, husband, father, and blogger, who loves the sound of his own voice on paper! A native of Virginia, Paul is an Expatriate living in Georgia.