I am not a babysitter. I am a teacher. I don't just sit in front of the classroom and read a book or go over a worksheet that I have the teachers guide to. I'm so much more than that.
I assess the needs of my students and plan lessons that address those needs, while keeping those lessons in line with the curriculum, and the new Common Core Standards. I plan small groups to push students thinking further or to fill in the gaps. I meet one on one with students to set learning goals. I plan projects that allow my students to exercise their creativity within the framework for learning. I find 10 different ways to teach fractions so that everyone can understand it. I grade tests, book reports, and sort post-its. I field questions from overzealous parents and I pull teeth from ones that are uninvolved. I work with staff developers to improve my techniques. I create interactive slides on the Smart Board to engage students and keep them current with technology. I scour the internet for a video of cheetahs hunting because it fits in with my read aloud.
I'm a firm disciplinarian. I'm a detective sorting out where missing pencils and silly banz have gone. I'm a mediator, trying to fix an argument between to "bff's" gone awry. I'm a motivator to get a lazy kid's rear in gear. I'm a secretary filling out tons of paperwork. I'm a student going back for several more degrees. I am not a babysitter. I am a teacher.