The first Monday of the challenge! Today is part of spring break for many teachers and students around the country, and as I am one of the former, I decided to muse on what a vacation is for teachers, or rather:
What it’s not…
A mythical time of
Fun in the sun,
But for the teacher?
In these days of instant, constant
There are still emails.
“I don’t understand the assignment.”
“Can I use this website?”
“There will be a brief (read long) meeting after school
On the Monday we return.”
“I would like to visit your classroom
There are also papers to grade; playing catch up
From the overbooked days of the school year.
There is planning to be done
For the rest of the year
That will come hurtling to a close
Sooner than we expect,
Sooner than we’re ready for.
And there are still the extra-curriculars that
Don’t stop when the classes do.
I could easily spend forty hours
During this “week off”
And yes, compared to my regular schedule,
This is a vacation.