Interview With a Teacher #3: Ms. B

This is my first interview with a first year teacher, and I’m so excited to share it with you. Ms. B’s passion and voice shine through in her descriptions of interactions with her students and coworkers. I’m so glad that people like her are still choosing to be educators. The students need them.

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A Note About These Interviews:

I taught seventh grade for almost twenty years and was constantly surprised at the difference between what friends, family, parents, neighbors, and community members imagined my job was like and what it actually was like. The few times I had the privilege of inviting a friend or family member to visit my classroom, they always left wide-eyed and exhausted. The purpose of these interviews is to allow the world a glimpse inside the lives of current educators. Now that I’ve quit teaching, I want to do what I can to support all the teachers still fighting the good fight, and I don’t want to forget what life is like inside a school.

All questions are optional. The teacher may write as much or as little as they want. If they don’t feel comfortable answering a question for any reason, they’re allowed to leave it blank or say “I prefer not to answer.” For confidentiality and privacy purposes, the name of the teacher’s school will not be published, and they may choose how they refer to themselves. (Full name, initials only, or even simply “Teacher.”) Participants have been asked to refrain from using student names or to change names. When describing student or parent interactions, they may be vague or change slight details to protect anonymity as long as the message/tone of the encounter stays the same.

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Interview With Ms. B:

Does that schedule on her computer say the first period class starts at 7:15???? So early!
  1. In no more than three words, describe how you feel right now.

    Underqualified yet passionate.

  2. What is today’s date?

    September 10, 2022

  3. How old are you?

    23

  4. How many years (total) have you been teaching?

    This is my first year.

  5. Have you ever taken a break from teaching? If so, why and for how long?

    N/A

  6. What is your current salary?

    60,500 (but I don’t get my first paycheck until the 15th… over a month after I started working Aug 5th).

  7. Is there anything you would like to share about your personal life or family situation?

    I’m living with my older brother this year, which is amazing. He’s loaned me cash to pay our first two months of rent. I’m not sure I would even be able to be here if it weren’t for him. He’s a G.

  8. In what city and state do you teach?

    Cypress, Texas. But the kids say they’re from Houston (and are not amused when I ask if it’s in their address).

  9. What grade(s) and subject(s) do you currently teach?

    I teach Freshmen On-Level English I

  10. How many years have you been in your current teaching position?

    This is my first year.

  11. How many conference periods do you have per day?

    2, but one is dedicated for daily team planning

  12. How many students do you teach total?

    Only 80… very bummed I don’t have more kids, but also not sure if I could handle it this year.

  13. If you teach multiple classes, how many students are in your smallest class and your largest class?

    Smallest class has 15, biggest is 20. But there’s always at least one or more students absent. On the worst days I’ve got five kids missing in a class of 16.

  14. On average, how many meetings do you have per week?

    Like, 5.

  15. What other responsibilities do you have at school besides teaching your own classes? (For example: bus duty, cafeteria monitor, after school club, chaperone, committee member, team leader, coach, etc.)

    There’s just a “tardy sweep” that the ELA team is required to do 5th period. Other than that, no outside the classroom requirements…. OH I did sign up to co-sponsor the Creative Writing club with another 1st year ELA teacher. It’ll start in October.

  16. Are you compensated for any of your extra duties?

    N/A

  17. When was the last time you took a day off?

    I haven’t taken a day off yet. I’m not comfortable enough in the classroom to leave it to another person yet. Plus, I don’t even make my official lesson plans til the morning of… I need to stop that but it’s been difficult to get ahead.

  18. Describe the reason for your absence and the process you went through in order to take the day off.

    N/A and I also have no clue how to deal with the process for taking a day off… I think I have to put it in a database online and wait for my request to be accepted.


  19. Describe a positive interaction you’ve had with a student this year.

    I’ve got lots of kids with names I’ve never heard. The first day was almost entirely spent with me learning pronunciations. I’ve got one girl, Z, with a unique name that I absolutely butchered when I first tried to say it. I eventually got it (obviously), and she tested me the next day when she walked right up to me, posted up (when they put their shoulders back and chest out like they’re trynna fight), said “Miss!” then just stood there staring at me. I waited a bit, and said “What, Z?” but I pronounced her full name. She simply nodded, said, “that’s what I thought,” and walked into class. Now, Z is one of those kids that tells my other kids to “Shut the eff up,” when I need their attention. I honestly think she’s my favorite student.

  20. Describe a challenging interaction you’ve had with a student this year.

    I’ve got one kid, we’ll call him Kyle, that just will not “get with my program” if you will. I’m talkin’ the kind of kid who, when I spoke with him and another student who let him copy off of him, laughed as if it was all a funny joke. I’m talkin’ the kind of kid who thinks he’s more important than anyone else in the room. The kind of kid who sends me a (honestly quite intimidating… this kid’s like 6’3”) death glare that I have to respond with a big grin and say, “Why, Kyle, I know you are just as happy to be in my classroom as I am to have you here. Go ahead and please take your seat.” Kyle is on the football A team (I finally got to watch one of their games, and his attitude made so much more sense when I saw that he’s not only the quarterback, but is also very, very good at football). When I told him how proud I was to have one of my kids absolutely crushing it on the field- he laughed in my face as if it was a huge inside joke that an English teacher went to his football game. Kyle did not say thank you. I’m not upset with the way he’s reacting to my genuine care, because I understand where he’s coming from. I know he’s wary of me. I know he thinks I’m full of shit, and that’s why he’s acting like it’s funny to him. Regardless of how difficult he tries to make it to love him fully, I’m excited to spend this school year refusing allow my smile to waver even a little bit when it comes to Kyle. I know he’s weirded out by the quirky white lady who is (he thinks) pretending to care about these poor black and hispanic kids for a paycheck (which is hilarious since I haven’t even been paid yet). Kyle thinks I don’t belong in their school. On the days where I feel like I’m in way over my head; it’s difficult to remind myself not to believe him. (can you tell he’s actually one of my favorite kids, regardless…)

  21. Describe a positive interaction you’ve had with a parent this year.

    It was actually with Kyle’s parent. One day he answered his phone literally in the middle of class saying, “Hol’ up my momma’s calling,” and just walked out. I emailed his mom and all but accused her of disrespecting Kyle’s class time. She emailed back that she never called him, and gave me her phone number so we could talk about it. She was so lovely, and said that if I ever have any problems with Kyle’s behavior I just need to mention his father. It worked literally the next time I asked them to put their phones up. The interaction went like this- Me: “Alright. Class time’s started. Phones up and if I see it out I’ll ask you to put it in the phone pocket. Y’all know the drill.” Kyle: “Miss, my momma said I can’t give my phone to anyone so you can’t take it.” Me: “Wow that’s crazy ’cause your momma told me that if I ever have a problem getting you to turn in your phone I just need to call your father and he’ll help sort things out.” (This felt very, very good to say especially when the whole class went “damnnnnnn” like I just dished out the sickest burn of the 21st century. I wished I had a mic so I could drop it). Kyle (obviously) tried to disagree with me but I didn’t see him on his phone once during class. This was my first “win” with him and it was all thanks to his sweet, sweet momma.

  22. Describe a challenging interaction you’ve had with a parent this year.

    I am ashamed to admit that I haven’t had a difficult interaction with a parent solely because I have been avoiding phone calls with parent’s I assume will be challenging… It’s not a good look on my part, but I can’t bring myself to take that leap. I’m still not sure what to do about it.

  23. Describe a positive interaction you’ve had with a coworker or administrator this year.

    Oh. My. God. My English I team is amazing. There’s eight of us, and we all get along so well. There’s three new hires on the team including me, all first year teachers. The veteran teachers and my mentor are all so understanding, and willing to share materials and knowledge freely. On the days where I wonder if I even belong in the classroom, they’ll show me exactly how much I’m needed there without them even knowing it. I know how rare it is to find a team that clicks this well, and I am so blessed to have only positive interactions with ELA teams throughout my teaching experience.

  24. Describe a challenging interaction you’ve had with a coworker or administrator this year.

    Uhhhhhh, yeah. I got one of these. My classroom has two collapsable walls (don’t know a better way to describe it). I share one with an English teacher on my team, and the other with a math teacher I met during PD. This math teacher knows I’m a first year teacher, and upon us meeting exclaimed how happy she would be to help if I ever had any classroom “problems” that I couldn’t handle myself (you already know I laughed inside at this comment). Anyway, one day I’m sitting at my desk when I look up to see her side of the wall completely caving into mine (it looked like the wall was breathing). My kid that was over there stood up to move away and the rest went like this- Me: “What’s going on over there?” Kid: “I don’t know miss, I leaned on the wall a little on accident and the people over there like.. kicked it or something?” Me: “Huh, weird. Oh well, just don’t sit next to it for the rest of reading, I don’t wanna cause any problems.” Kid: (already moving away and giving me a look that says, ‘yeah, no shit lady’) Wall: (opens) Math Teacher: (poking her head into my classroom) “Heyyy, could you just remind your kids that these walls are not brick walls, and so they can’t lean on it or it bends and disrupts my class, okay? Also, don’t be letting them putting their hands under the wall… or pencils… or notes… or try to interact with my kids, as it disrupts both our learning environments, okay? Thank you so much!” Wall : (closes) The whole time this woman was (in her mind) helping a poor first year manage her unruly classroom, (my class was silent this entire interaction, while I heard her kids getting more and more rowdy… not that it matters or anything) I was smiling at her with a face that said, ‘wow, thank you so much for coming in and saying something… couldn’t have done it without you!’ As soon as she left I let my facade fall, and replaced it with my genuine face that said ‘did that… really just effing happen?’ My kids noticed the change, and I heard nervous laughter spread throughout the class as they waited for how I’d react. One of my kids beat me to speaking first, though- Kid: “Miss, this your first year here, right?” Me: “Yeah, Z, this is my first year at this school.” Z: “I can tell because she acting like you don’t know what you doin’ or somethin.” Me: “Yeahhhh, I kinda got that vibe. But all’s well. Y’all just keep reading and forget about it.” Class resumed as if it had never happened (thanks to my, dareisay, solid classroom management skills) but it still very much irked me that I was belittled in my own classroom in front of my kids. However, what irked me the most was this teacher treating my kids like they were the problem. Kids are not treated like problems in my classroom. They are human beings. I’m ashamed that I just stood there while this teacher disrespected my students.

  25. What’s the funniest or weirdest thing that’s happened at school this year?

    Holy crap. I’ve got this one tiny kid that just moved from Chicago. He has a problem with cursing in class. Like, I’m talking so bad I had to call his mom (he threw a fit by not speaking in class for a solid three days after the call… it was adorable). Anyway, after he was done sulking he came into class one day exclaiming how he has a new word to replace curse words- Kid: “Miss, my math teacher say that if I wanna cuss I jus’ needa say ‘undefined’ instead of the word. So, instead of going, ‘WHAT THE FUCK’ I just say ‘WHAT THE… undefined.’ (smirking and nodding enthusiastically) Good, huh?” Me: “Yes, you’ve almost got the idea. I’m proud of you.” Now, when this kid ‘accidentally’ curses and I give him a look, he immediately apologizes and repeats the sentence with a huge grin, but this time uses “undefined” in place of the curse… I can’t even begin to explain how hilarius it actually is. It makes it very, very difficult to be upset with his language. Especially since, as a person, I could give two effs if the kids are cursing.

  26. What time did you arrive at work today?

    I get to work at 6am every day.

  27. What time did you leave work today? If you are still at work, what time did you leave yesterday?

    I leave work around 3:30 daily.

  28. Describe your lunch today. (Length, food, location, what you did while eating, etc.)

    Since I’m currently more broke than I’ve been in a solid minute, my lunch consists of a poptart I eat throughout the day whenever I have time. I am 100% not taking care of myself right now. Lunch is around 35 minutes, and I usually sit with my ELA team and we all complain about various things. It’s nice.

  29. Describe one success you experienced today.

    I had the kids do a partnered assignment for a quiz grade, and almost everyone actually turned it in. I saw it as a super duper win in my book.

  30. Describe one challenge you experienced today.

    Same quiz-assignment. I had two girls who said they wanted to work alone, which I let them do. One girl was working the whole time, while the other sat staring at the ceiling. Later on, I saw the girl who was done with her work standing over the girl not working, her assignment open on the table and ceiling girl quickly copying her answers. I was like, “woah woah, no. You can’t just sit there and expect me to be okay with you copying work that’s not yours. If you wanted to be partners y’all could have, but you both said you wanted to work alone. I’m sorry, but I can’t accept this. Naomi, turn your assignment in now before I have to give you both zeros for cheating.” The copying girl resumed doing nothing, and did not turn in her quiz at the end of class and instead took it home with her. This is a chronically absent girl who I’ve only seen twice this year. I have to give her a zero because I have no work from her, but it is still difficult to bring myself to do.

  31. What time did you complete this survey?

    11:08 am on a Saturday.

  32. How satisfied are you with your current job? (1 = not at all satisfied, 5 = very satisfied)

    3

  33. As of right now, do you plan to continue teaching next year?

    Duh, I can’t quit on these damn kids just yet.

  34. What’s the best thing about being a teacher?

    The friggin kids. I love them so much it’s difficult to explain. They all have big personalities that are starting to come out the more comfortable they are in my classroom. I am so excited for what the rest of the year has in store.


    Teacher, I want to tell you something, and I want you to listen. You are amazing. You are creative and smart and hardworking and beautiful. You are valued by those who are paying attention, and you deserve so much more than you receive from society. You are a superhero, and the world is a better place with you in it. Thank you for everything you do for your students, your community, and your fellow teachers. I appreciate you. Now, close your eyes and take three long, deep breaths, then open your eyes.
  35. In no more than three words, describe how you feel right now.

    Humbled, content, seeking.

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If you are a current teacher and would like to be interviewed for my blog or if you know a current teacher I should interview, contact me!

Book Review, Gift Ideas, & Kitten Update

Happy Fall! I hope this post finds you will with a cup of coffee in your hand, a book with a well-worn bookmark by your side, and — if you’re really lucky — a warm furry creature in your lap. All of those things are true for me right now, and I’m happy to say that the creature has stopped biting me and is now purring. Ah, bliss.

You may remember, about a six weeks ago, when I shared the news that we adopted a kitten from the litter that we fostered. At the time, Indigo was a tiny gray ball of hisses and fleas who, once he calmed down, liked to sleep on my face. Well, I’m happy to report that we cleared up the fleas (and the ringworm and upper respiratory infection we didn’t yet know he had) and he is now a sleek, soft, growing boy who never hisses anymore but still likes to sleep on my face and also sometimes enjoys biting our feet. Indie’s a mess, and we love him dearly, and he’s currently considering doing some editing to this blog post, so if the phrase “skjhdkjfhasha” appears anywhere, please ignore it.

I think he wuvs me.

In addition to the new family member, I’ve also been working on a few other new things I’d like to share with you.

Finding My Community

I’ve been scoping out the writing community here in the Dallas area and am excited to attend the SCBWI North Texas Fall Conference on October 15th. I’m looking forward to meeting some fellow middle grade writers and learning more about the craft and industry of writing at the workshops and panels. I’d love to meet more kidlit writers in the area, so if you’ll be there too, let me know!

New Items in My Etsy Store

For me, fall means coffee* and pumpkins and getting ready for HALLOWEEN! (I have a new house to decorate this year, and I’m so excited. I’ve got plans…) But fall also means realizing that the November & December holidays are just around the corner, and I should start thinking about gifts.

I have several new items in my Etsy store that are perfect for the coffee-loving, pumpkin-loving, and book-loving people in your life (and I hope there are a lot of them because those are the best people). There’s free shipping on everything, and if you need an incentive to get your shopping done early, the coupon code FALLYALL will get you 15% off your order now through October 22nd, so grab a cup of coffee and start shopping! (<– Clicking on this link will instantly apply the discount.)

* Ok, fine. Winter, spring, and summer also mean coffee.

Website Makeover

You may have noticed that I’ve also updated my website. Take a few minutes to look around. If you see anything that looks wonky or doesn’t work right, please say something because Indie helped me with this project as well. (How long can I keep blaming typos and website mistakes on my kitten? Six months? A year? 10 years?)

Book Reviews

Lastly, I recently became a book reviewer for Reedsy Discovery, a website who shares and promotes recently released indie-published books. I just reviewed my first novel, Birds in the Black Water by Kodie Van Dusen, which came out yesterday.

Here’s a preview of my opinions on the book.

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Reedsy Discovery provided me with a free ARC of this novel in exchange for an unbiased review. Content Warning: The book contains mention of suicide, self harm, eating disorders, and trauma.

Part horror novel, part journey through the grief process, Birds in the Black Water is a riveting story of the demons that haunt one woman.

My rating: 3.5 stars

Neviah has dark shadows in her past, not unlike the shadow beings, or “Koels,” only she can see that lurk behind every tree and doorway. Though the images torment her, they also give her power. She can use her connection with them to visit “The Other Side.” Neviah and her husband own a counseling sanctuary where Neviah uses her unique gift to help people come to terms with their problems. When Gabriel, the young son of a girl she once tried to help, shows up on Neviah’s doorstep one snowy night, he starts a chain reaction that causes her to finally face her past.

The unique setting and strange supernatural features of this novel made it interesting from the start. The depiction of the Koels created an eerie atmosphere—they were described just enough to make them seem real, but not so much as to make them campy. The author’s experience as a counselor definitely informed her approach to the subject of grief and therapy, and the conflicts and interactions between the adult characters felt real and fleshed out.

While much of the novel was gripping, making me want to start the next chapter each time I finished one, some aspects of the writing pulled me out of the story, distracting me with confusion or frustration…

To read the rest of my review of Birds in the Black Water, click here.

If you’re interested in becoming a book reviewer for Reedsy and getting early access to indie books in the genres that you love, submit an application!

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So, that’s what’s been going on with me… reading, writing, making things, and trying unsuccessfully to keep my kitten out of my coffee. What’s happening with you? Got news? Share it in the comments!

Interview With a Teacher #2: Mr. W.

A Note About These Interviews:

I taught seventh grade for almost twenty years and was constantly surprised at the difference between what friends, family, parents, neighbors, and community members imagined my job was like and what it actually was like. The few times I had the privilege of inviting a friend or family member to visit my classroom, they always left wide-eyed and exhausted. The purpose of these interviews is to allow the world a glimpse inside the lives of current educators. Now that I’ve quit teaching, I want to do what I can to support all the teachers still fighting the good fight, and I don’t want to forget what life is like inside a school.

All questions are optional. The teacher may write as much or as little as they want. If they don’t feel comfortable answering a question for any reason, they’re allowed to leave it blank or say “I prefer not to answer.” For confidentiality and privacy purposes, the name of the teacher’s school will not be published, and they may choose how they refer to themselves. (Full name, initials only, or even simply “Teacher.”) Participants have been asked to refrain from using student names or to change names. When describing student or parent interactions, they may be vague or change slight details to protect anonymity as long as the message/tone of the encounter stays the same.

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Thank you to Mr. W for taking the time to participate in my teacher interviews! His candid responses will definitely shed some light on the middle school teaching experience. Warning: Some language in this interview is PG-13. 🙂

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Interview With Mr. W:

Mr. W, hard at work and adequately caffeinated for his multitasking
  1. In no more than three words, describe how you feel right now.

    Giddy, tired, punchy

  2. What is today’s date?

    August 26-29, 2022

  3. How old are you?

    45

  4. How many years (total) have you been teaching?

    20

  5. Have you ever taken a break from teaching? If so, why and for how long?

    No

  6. What is your current salary?

    2021 – $51,891.53

  7. Is there anything you would like to share about your personal life or family situation?

    Spouse, 2 kids – one in middle school, one in elementary

  8. In what city and state do you teach?

    Austin, TX

  9. What grade(s) and subject(s) do you currently teach?

    7th Science

  10. How many years have you been in your current teaching position?

    11 years

  11. How many conference periods do you have per day?

    1 Conference period every other day

  12. How many students do you teach total?

    206 Science Students, 28 Advisory Students

  13. If you teach multiple classes, how many students are in your smallest class and your largest class?

    18 smallest, 33 largest

  14. On average, how many meetings do you have per week?

    1 official + 1 informal

  15. What other responsibilities do you have at school besides teaching your own classes? (For example: bus duty, cafeteria monitor, after school club, chaperone, committee member, team leader, coach, etc.)

    Monitor the common area before school 1x a week (20 minutes)

  16. Are you compensated for any of your extra duties?

    I am being compensated for the extra class period I am teaching with an additional 1/6 of my current salary (approx. $8,500).

  17. When was the last time you took a day off?

    August 24, 2022

  18. Describe the reason for your absence and the process you went through in order to take the day off.

    Daughter had ear surgery. I requested the day off on the first day of summer training. I requested a substitute at the same time. I modified a previous year’s sub letter, printed out my rosters, and set up my class as if I was doing on-line learning for the day. Students were asked to take notes from a screencast that I had made the year before. They were then asked to complete two paper assignments, one involved reading from the textbook and the other required reviewing their notes. The assignments will be taken as a grade.

  19. Describe a positive interaction you’ve had with a student this year.

    A student asked randomly if I have a favorite English Premier League (Football) team. I do not have one, but I am gaining familiarity of the league by being in an EPL Fantasy League with a coworker. The student is a big fan of Manchester City so I made a comment about their big striker, Haaland, and the student seemed impressed.

  20. Describe a challenging interaction you’ve had with a student this year.

    A student in my class of 33 did not put together their Science Journal in class on Monday because they did not have a spiral with them. That day, I had given 3 other students in the class a spiral to build their Journal, but this one did not speak up and ask for any help. I missed that they were not putting one together, even though I was consistently instructing the students to turn to a partner and share what and where they just put in the Journal. We did this for 5 different sheets of paper with 5 different people in the classroom. Not one attempt at self advocating. I laid into the student today about needing to speak up for themselves, especially in a class of 33.

  21. Describe a positive interaction you’ve had with a parent this year.

    I called caregivers after the first day of school to notify them that their student volunteered in my class the first day to help. Most of the parents were panic-surprised that I was calling after day 1.

  22. Describe a challenging interaction you’ve had with a parent this year.

    None so far.

  23. Describe a positive interaction you’ve had with a coworker or administrator this year.

    Most interactions are positive. The new Spanish teachers have both tentatively come to my room seeking supplies (color pencils, markers, tissues, etc.) and I have shown them the abundance that the generosity of the community provide. They have been gob smacked. A new Texas History teacher on the floor has been incredibly surprised by the pace at which students are learning the material and completing work. She was thinking the two returning Texas History teachers were overly ambitious with the start of year plans, but is now reveling that she can focus on teaching for the first time in her career.

  24. Describe a challenging interaction you’ve had with a coworker or administrator this year.

    The security guard came by my room and told me that my two doors had to be closed and locked for security purposes. I am big on COVID preventative measures. Second to masking indoors when spending time with individuals not from your household, having as much airflow as possible is recommended. I stared combatively at the security guard, who I have gotten along with up to this point in our professional relationship and said, “You’re shitting me, right?” He was taken aback a moment and started apologizing, and I launched into my whole airflow thing, pointing out my five fans and three air purifiers that I have constantly going through my room, and stated that COVID was larger threat than unlocked doors. He didn’t deserve me going off on him. I tried to apologize to him a bit, I’ve sort of complied.

  25. What’s the funniest or weirdest thing that’s happened at school this year?

    While eating lunch with coworkers outside on the picnic tables a discussion about English words and their alternate meanings in Britain and USA broke out. The one word I was not familiar with was “fanny” as in fanny-pack, and I asked what it meant in Britain. I was told initially that “it is a female body part.” I inquired which part, and the same teacher shouted “Pussy! It means pussy!” I replied they could have just said “vulva” and the conversation meandered onward.

  26. What time did you arrive at work today?

    7:15AM

  27. What time did you leave work today? If you are still at work, what time did you leave yesterday?

    4:10PM

  28. Describe your lunch today. (Length, food, location, what you did while eating, etc.)

    25 minutes – warmed up pizza, two mandarin oranges, banana. Ate outside with 6 coworkers.

  29. Describe one success you experienced today.

    “I showed up.” It is this year’s motto.

  30. Describe one challenge you experienced today.

    A student’s parents called together at the end of the day. They are worried about the other student their student is working with in Science. They claimed to have seen the other student vaping in the neighborhood. Now I need to make a new seating chart.

  31. What time did you complete this survey?

    Day 2, 9:30 ish (there are still more questions you know after this one.) <– Good point, Mr. W! It is a rather lengthy survey. Thank you for taking so much time to complete it.

  32. How satisfied are you with your current job? (1 = not at all satisfied, 5 = very satisfied)

    4

  33. As of right now, do you plan to continue teaching next year?

    Yes

  34. What’s the best thing about being a teacher?

    Imparting factual knowledge.


    Teacher, I want to tell you something, and I want you to listen. You are amazing. You are creative and smart and hardworking and beautiful. You are valued by those who are paying attention, and you deserve so much more than you receive from society. You are a superhero, and the world is a better place with you in it. Thank you for everything you do for your students, your community, and your fellow teachers. I appreciate you. Now, close your eyes and take three long, deep breaths, then open your eyes.

  35. In no more than three words, describe how you feel right now.

    Tired, parched, annoyed (this survey stopped saving and I had to re-answer 4 or 5 of these) <– I’m quite sorry about that. I owe you a beverage.

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If you are a current teacher and would like to be interviewed for my blog or if you know a current teacher I should interview, contact me!