Friday, February 25, 2011

Unfortunate teacher news...

For all you TEACHERS out there...

You've probably seen this before, but it never hurts to see it again. {Especially where I live and so much about cutting teacher's salaries, jobs, closing schools, etc is going on}


Teachers' hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or10 months a year! It's time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do - babysit! We can get that for less than minimum wage.

That's right. Let's give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and plan-- that equals 6 1/2 hours).

Each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children. Now how many students do they teach in a day...maybe 30? So that's $19.50 x 30 = $585.00 a day. However, remember they only work 180 days a year!!! I am not going to pay them for any vacations.

LET'S SEE.... That's $585 X 180= $105,300 per year. (Hold on! My calculator needs new batteries).

What about those special education teachers and the ones with Master's degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour. That would be $8 X 6 1/2 hours X 30 children X 180 days = $280,800 per year. Wait a minute -- there's something wrong here! There sure is!

The average teacher's salary (nation wide) is $50,000. $50,000/180 days = $277.77/per day/30 students=$9.25/6.5 hours = $1.42 per hour per student--a very inexpensive baby-sitter and they even EDUCATE your kids!) 

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Voice Thread!

To celebrate Valentine's Day and do something a little different students completed the sentence love is and then we used voice thread to complete our work. If you haven't used voice thread before it is an exciting online tool that students can explore different ways to express themselves without being intimidated. Check out our students voice thread at

Sunday, February 6, 2011

I am so excited to finally have created a blog that I like. I have been trying to make it just the way I like it, and have finally accomplished my goal. I am very excited to be entering the blog world, after seeing so many awesome blogs by other teachers I decided I would give it a try and get connected.