“Being a teacher is so easy. And you get so many holidays.” These are words that I have often heard over the years. I have learned not to get upset by comments such as these as I have realised that they come from a position of ignorance.
Working with children is draining. Plenty of energy is given each day to guiding them, reminding them how to behave, encouraging them to work on their activities. Teachers spend most of the day talking and giving of themselves. The day often ends with a sigh, the week with a smile at the sleep-in on Saturday. By the time the term ends, teachers do need the break and the chance to rest as fatigue has set in. The school holidays are a chance for us to recharge our batteries so that we can continue with our daily work.
My response to those who comment on how many holidays teachers get? Do my job for a week, and you will see why we need them.
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015
(This post was written for the FMF 31 day challenge hosted by Kate Motaung. Today’s prompt: rest)
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