|Day 6 of 31|
We are in the midst of a bitter contract negotiation. It's been about 250 days already. We reached the point where a fact finder was brought in to try to reach a settlement. And what did the school board do...they rejected the fact finders report. By an 8 - 0 vote. When I heard the news on Monday night, I was sick to my stomach. To say that I didn't want to go to work on Tuesday is understatement of the year.
I can't discuss the details but let's just say that with 9 years and a masters degree, I am making significantly LESS than a first year teacher in neighboring school districts. I'm not in this for the money, but I do need money to pay the bills.
I teach high school math. It's tough because it requires a lot of higher order thinking. I don't always make it super fun or technology enhanced, I do a lot with graph paper and old fashioned pencils and erasers because I want them to work hard. I am fully aware that students will not have to verify trigonometric identities as part of their every day life. But I am teaching analytical and problem solving skills, just as writing teachers are enhancing creativity I would love for one of the school board members to see what I do every day, perhaps they would think twice. For that matter, maybe they can prepare them for the Keystone exam, too.
So, I'm happy to have the day off. I've already made pancakes, matzo ball soup, cleaned a cabinet and entertained my kids. And short of writing this blog, I'm trying not to think about work for the day.