That’s the punchline of the old joke: What are a teacher’s three most favorite words?
I’ve always disagreed with that, mostly because I have a hard time turning off the teacher part of my brain. Sure, I might lay on the couch for two days and watch TV, but after those two days, I’m back to trolling the interwebs for lesson plan ideas or re-reading novels to figure out how to get kids to read it next year.
This week, since I’ll be teaching AP Language and Composition next year, I’m attending an AP Institute. It is 8-4, Monday through Thursday, and it is intense. A lot of information was thrown at me today, and I have about 75 pages of reading to do tonight, despite the tension headache I have.
Once the Institute is over, I’ll go back to teaching summer school until the 26th, after which I will spend time in July writing lesson plans, making room decorations, and getting everything ready for the first day, which is August 12.
So the next time a friend or family member starts orating about how teachers actually get paid too much, considering we get June, July, and August off, kindly direct them to this post and remind them that a GOOD teacher’s three favorite words are Reading, Writing, and Revising.