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05-30-2008 06:32 AM

Topic tags/keywords: napaman teacher summer yee-haw

Ok…there is no reason for this post except to say one thing…tomorrow represents annual SINGLE DIGITS DAY…the day that we are down to 9 DAYS LEFT IN SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Teachers get “senioritus” too…but this is the time of the year that BULLETS (not real ones) can fly and the skin just bounces them off…like the MATRIX…

I have had a good year, but…I AM READY!!!!!!!

Just thought I would share my excitement with all my friends on LJ’s…

I am a loooooong way from retirement…but I get a little taste of it each june…and this year…its gonna feel good…I am actually NOT taking any classes (usually I take a lot of classes/units)...I am just going to relax…

woodwork, backpack, woodwork, garden, woodwork,,,,sleep…play with the kids!!!

Ok…9 more days!!!!!!!!!!!!!


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 05-30-2008 06:45 AM

Congrats Mark. Teaching is a difficult job—- glad you are going to get a real break this summer.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#2 posted 05-30-2008 06:50 AM


I can feel your excitement from here! I am looking forward to seeing some of your great projects in the coming summer months. Enjoy your much deserved time off.

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#3 posted 05-30-2008 11:29 AM

I can feel your excitement as well. You are getting a well earned break. Teachers are chronically underpaid and under appreciated for the job/service that they do. Enjoy yourself this summer.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 05-30-2008 11:30 AM

good for you matt ! have a fun summer !

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#5 posted 05-30-2008 11:46 AM

I am a loooooong way from retirement…but I get a little taste of it each june…

Be careful… I have started calling vacation “practice retirement” and it will give you ideas!

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#6 posted 05-30-2008 02:13 PM


Another year done.. and a summer off!! It just doesn’t get any better than that for a teacher!!

I retired after 33 years in a classroom of 10, 11 and 12th graders. Loved every minute of it but am enjoying retirement, too.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 05-30-2008 02:24 PM

I can almost hear your shopsmith sing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#8 posted 05-30-2008 02:40 PM

great for teachers and hard for working parents… Well, thank god for summer camps…

-- making sawdust....

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#9 posted 05-30-2008 02:57 PM

So how many days is that until the first completed project?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#10 posted 05-30-2008 07:59 PM

I take it you didn’t sign up to teach summer school classes.

When I was selecting classes for my senior year. I found out since I moved into a new district I did have a required class. It was normally taught first semester of 9th grade. I moved and started second semester of 9th. So I wanted to take homebuilding. It is a class that the 2 high schools in town build a new house every year. I could not take it because I did not have the required civics class (only offered at same time as the homebuilding timre period).

So I elected to go to summer school. It was actually the best summer vacation I had. Went to the one class and went golfing right after since one of the cities public courses was right across the street. One of my buddies had to go, to graduate on time for being a screw up.

-- Ben, Living the good life in Maine now (almost, just need to retire in 2 decades time)

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#11 posted 05-31-2008 03:27 AM

hey thanks for the support everyone—-I came up with something even better then single digit day…


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#12 posted 05-31-2008 04:41 AM

nice. only eight days left for you? lucky. my school is in until the 24th.

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#13 posted 05-31-2008 03:03 PM

I’ll probably get “nailed” for this, but I have to take exception that teachers are way underpaid. Let’s say a teacher earns $40k a year. That’s not great, but not poverty either. Consider too, they have a very strong union, and great benefits and retirement as well.

Now consider this: a teacher’s time in the class room is about 9 months a year, when you take out summer vacation, and all the little other vacations in the school year (in our district, there is only ONE month the entire year, that a teacher is in class for the whole 20 days). That’s about 180 days. You and I, if we have the average job work about 220 days – and no summer off. All you or I would make over the years is still $40k. A teacher, can, and usually does, work a second job in the summer, adding another $5k or so. I don’t think they are really underpaid, sorry. Recently, here in the Rochester City School district, the union negotiated a 10% pay raise – “investing in our children” – and what did the union give back? The teacher’s day was extended – 3 minutes. Yes, 3 minutes.

Now, I wouldn’t want to work as a teacher – in some cases; in others I wouldn’t mind it. Inner city schools are a nightmare – but that’s because the administration ( and lawyers ) lets the students run the place. No respect for teachers, which they need and deserve. You can’t teach in chaos. I don’t blame the teachers, and think they deserve good pay for what they do, but how high do you go? $100k a year? When does it end? Higher pay doesn’t give us better results from the students.

What I would like to see is the teachers paid more, yes, but eliminate the 18th century based agrarian reason for summer vacation, and teach kids year round; they certainly need it.

Look, I’m not beating up on teachers here; they are good people trying to teach in sometimes insane environments; but I think they have a decent pay wage, when all things are considered.

I know some will vehemently disagree with me, but that’s my humble opinion.

-- Have a blessed day!

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#14 posted 05-31-2008 03:16 PM

Yeah,$40K… that’s too much!

Pay ‘em like a babysitter instead… $5.00/hour per kid.

Let’s see… 36 kids at $5 is $180 per hour.

Times 6.5 hours with the kids. $1,180 per day….. times 180 days…
That comes out to… Hmmm.. ......$210, 600/ year

Actually. Let’s stick with the old pay formula: somewhere between “not great” and “poverty”.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#15 posted 05-31-2008 04:07 PM

My sister in law is a grade school gym teacher. She makes over 80K for her nine months. (Because she has a state-paid Masters Degree.)

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