Teachers Are Lucky

I'm not going to be one of those people who gets all defensive about the biggest perk we have in our profession. Classroom teachers are lucky - the holidays we get are much more than most workers get and in my case with a young family and a wife who is also a teacher, the fact that my holidays align with my boys' time off help me to be a better father and husband. I feel like I work hard and that these breaks help to balance life out and it's not like I do nothing work related at all during the time off.

We have a fortnight's break right now and it has helped me to get on top of a nasty virus that knocked me down in the final week of term. My youngest has had a friend over for the afternoon and it has been great to potter around and casually participate in their activities and conversations. Tomorrow morning we are going to get up early to be down to Woodville Bowl to get in a few $6 games before their special ends at 10.30 am. Next week, we are going to pack a picnic lunch and head up to Belair National Park for the day. I am lucky. Other people have their kids in Vacation Care programs or farmed out to grandparents during this fortnight. Even if it is as boring and mundane as popping out to buy a new pair of shoes or heading out to Hungry Jack's for lunch, this is stuff that I can enjoy - being an integral and visible part of my kids' life.


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6 thoughts on “Teachers Are Lucky

  1. Greg Carroll

    have a great break mate!
    I’m off to ULearn in a few days so should be fun ….
    Enjoy the family. Like all teachers there are times other peoples kids come first so the hols are a great time to get the equation around the right way!

  2. Lily Pimentel

    I know teachers are lucky. As a teacher, I have the priviledge of working with students in an environment that allows me to make a difference in their lives. I also have the opportunity to be involved in the everyday business and details of my own kids’ lives due to this great academic calendar. What better way to educate is there?

  3. Chris J

    Ya…I am agree with you..Teachers are really very lucky as they got more holidays then other professionals and their life was not as much complicated…

  4. Sue

    It is nice you do have the time to spend. Keep in mind the time you spend outside of class preparing lessons and grading papers. How about conferences and professional development?


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