god forbid you become a teacher because you like kids:
just as a warning to any female teachers out there who are considering becoming pregnant- teaching is, surprisingly, not the greatest profession to be in when you find youself in this state. honestly, it's so bizarrely anti-pregnancy that i honestly wonder if what they do is legal. problems so far that have riled me up and made me want to quit this profession altogether:
1. hi, did you know teachers (at least in CA) don't pay for disability insurance? perhaps i'm naive on this one, being that i worked for private companies for 10 years before becoming a teacher, and never considered that one WOULDN'T pay into disability. i figured every worker in the state does. nope, not teachers. so if you, say, break a leg, or need to deliver a baby, you are basically screwed. they do provide you with differential pay, your salary minus what they pay a sub. if you are a beginning teacher, this will not amount to more than a pile of beans. and no, the union won't help you. instead, they will tell you how much it sucks that teachers get the short end of the stick. yeah, thanks for the input.
2. even though your health insurance costs DOUBLED this year, and you and your husband's "open enrollment" periods are six months apart, you CANNOT drop your health insurance except during open enrollment. they do not care that it is six months apart, or that you do not want to deliver your baby at kaiser, where you don't get a choice of doctors. no, they don't care at all. and when your husband calls your union, outraged, they will tell him to call the district office. he will write you emails that teaching is like being an indentured servant, and you will become depressed, because you know he's right.
3. your "support provider" (support person asssigned to you from the district for the first 2 or 3 years of teaching) will tell you that in talking to your principal, she had told him that she was concerned because when she enters your classroom, she sees you sitting down a lot and she'd like to see more "dynamic" teaching. now, i will state for the record, i am nobody's idea of a dynamic teacher so far this year. i knew i wouldn't be, and i had to get ok with that. i am working with 1/8 of my regular energy level on a good day, i am still sick, and it's enough for me to get myself to work every day, school two nights a week, and home on the couch for every single minute between then and 8:00, my new bedtime. no, i'm not dynamic. but my students are working, and they are learning, and i haven't had a single discipline problem all year (knock wood, you know it's coming after that one). i'm not going to be bouncing around the room this year, and i AM going to be sitting down. especially as i get bigger, but even now, standing for 7 straight hours is completely out of the question. i'm also not sure if this "suggestion" actually came from my principal, or if my support provider was the one who thought it, but i'll be giving both of them a doctor's note saying that i can't stand up all day and that i will be needing to sit down. it should also be noted here that i am following their totally ridiculous scripted curriculum that they insist i use- that curriculum is not looking for anything "dynamic", and certainly doesn't need me to be standing up.
you would think, you really would, that people would have a little more sympathy. i'm not saying i can't do my job, but i am saying it will be done differently. i'm sure that i should feel terrible about myself for not being one of those women who can manage everything and never complain and keep going at breakneck speed, but i'm not that woman. i need to slow down and sit down and give to myself a little, not just to my job.