Hey Underpaid Teachers!

As I was finishing up my last post, I tabbed over to Facebook.  In the margin, with the adds it said

Hey Underpaid Teachers!  You can make additional money selling “product X” in your spare time to your friends and family!”

 

Since this month’s topic is Recruitment, Retention, and Recognition, I found that ad particularly meaningful.  How or why is “Underpaid Teachers” in any way acceptable?

Why should teachers need to look for additional money?  As my daughter would say, “Why is that even a thing?”

This also brought to mind a picture I saw once.  It was of an old chicken coop at the turn of the century where the local teacher lived.  Before Unions and modern working conditions, this teacher lived in a chicken coop. 

 

Wow…..

 

For an interesting look into where we (teachers) have come from, try reading “The Teacher’s Funeral” by Richard Peck.  Think about what recruitment must have been like.  Retention?  Just the crazy ones. 

 

But Recognition.  That is the hard one to figure out.  Everyone knew the town teacher.

 

I guess back in the day, they didn’t have Facebook telling them how to “sell to your family and friends.”

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About DarlaMoore

In short - Teacher, Author, Speaker, and sometimes PopCulture Pirate. http://www.now2wowpublishing.com In long- Darla's 1st career was in Psychology. For the past 11 years she has taught everything from 3rd grade to college Freshmen in both urban and rural settings. She is a Lead Content Expert and Content Alignment Committee Member in the area of ELA for the Ohio Department of Education and has presented at numerous conferences and workshops. As an author she has contributed to The Gates Foundation, US Department of Education, ETS, AIR, and many other educational communities. Her anticipated series of books, Moore’s Common Core Teacher Guides will be available from Amazon starting July 2012. Follow her on Twitter at darlasays. You can also find her as part of Now2WOW Publishing

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