A Dallas Education Blog by Young Dallas Teachers
Some teachers have them, some don't. Those of us who do know that it takes a lot out of you. It shortens the time you have to grade, takes away from your night, pushes back dinner, and gives you more time together with students. I'm sure this sounds great to some and like torture to others which is why it's not for everyone. All of this is common sense and likely wouldn't have been written about if I wasn't sitting in one right now. I'm equal parts happy to do it as I am tired, but both of those parts are bigger than the one that wants to go home. I'm doing it because I like teaching and this gives me another chance to do it. After school activities aren't bound by curriculum and aren't mandatory. You do them because they align with your interests. Hopefully that is. I know a few folks who have been pushed into coaching or moderating because there was no one else or they were begged by a student. I see the pain in their faces, but my friends in those situations get the payoff of student happiness (and sometimes extra money) so they endure.
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