Teaching myths busted

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools

One of my family’s favorite shows is “Mythbusters”.

It’s a show where two special effects guys join forces with scientists and together they test old myths, sayings, and just about anything else. It is fun to see if something I’ve always heard about is busted or plausible.

Well, without intentionally setting out to be a mythbuster, I realize that is what has happened with some of my own myths.

You see, before this year I thought teaching was a really super, less stressful job with a great vacation plan. But, what I have discovered is that isn’t totally true.

I thought teachers began their day at 7:30 a.m. and were finished at 3:30 p.m. That is my first mythbuster.

Teachers typically arrive at school an hour or thirty minutes before school starts and remain there about an hour after school is out to assist students or meet with parents. Then, they take work home because they have tests to grade, lesson plans to write, and projects to organize or evaluate.

And, you would think our teachers would stop there, but they don’t.

For example, Sherri Stephenson’s High School Social Studies Classes “Adopted A Platoon”.

They wrote letters and sent pictures of Clovis to an Army Platoon. The Art Department sent a portfolio of student artwork, while the Nurses sent fun stickers. Even the French Club, Honor Society and Special Education Classes participated as they sent valentines to our troops.

This weekend is Relay for Life. Many of our schools organized fun events to raise awareness and money for this worthy cause. The students as well as the staff had fun with various events whether it was making paper chains or having their own mini walks.

There are many other events our teachers and students embarked upon this year, such as collecting “Coats For Kids”, canned food drives for our local Food Bank, raising money for Haiti earthquake victims, and more.

And, what about that 3-month summer vacation? That is another mythbuster.

The teachers remain at school for a week or two to inventory, clean classrooms, and place orders for books and supplies before they begin their vacation, which is typically four to six weeks. Then, they return early enough to prepare their classrooms and lesson plans, as they get ready for another year of teaching our darling children.

So, there you go…two myths busted and you didn’t even have to watch TV.

Remember, this is Teacher Appreciation Week, please join me in letting our teachers know their hard work and dedication to our students and community are appreciated.