As a perk for being a public school teacher, Jason gets the monthly issues of NEA Today (NEA: National Education Association). Since he has no interest in what they're writing about, then I feel responsible to at least glance through the pages to see what's going on and report back.
Quite often, the magazine irritates the heck out of me. Specifically, the fact that the writers always refer to the No Child Left Behind act as "the so-called No Child Left Behind act." One particular issue used this phrasing 33 times. Thirty-three! Hey, I don't think NCLB is a good idea either, but still. We get it. You're not a fan. Be a better writer and move past the bitterness.
I didn't plan on reading the newest edition that came in the mail this week, but I glanced through the table of contents just to see if there was anything interesting. Good thing I looked. On page 33 is a short feature called "The Many Moods of Teacher Blogs." I noticed a quote from a blogger that I read. The quote is from a post she wrote back in September called "Advice to First Year Teachers." I loved it then, and loved it again when I read it today because I remember being a first year teacher, and because I understand the metaphor she uses.
"Your first year [of teaching] is not going to be easy. It's a little like having a newborn baby--you're sleep deprived, and your schedule is all messed up. You have...responsibility for...little people that need constant care and attention and tend to emit loud, howling cries despite your best attempts to anticipate and respond to them....There ought to be a new diagnosis for PNTD: Post New Teacher Depression. Brooke Shields could bring it into the public awareness by appearing on Oprah and Tom Cruise could tell all new teachers just to take vitamins."
Congrats to Amy for getting some national notice for her writing.