A Poem: Teacher Shaming

I’m tired of societal teacher shaming and teacher shaming within the teaching profession. Are you? These unrealistic expectations Need. To. Go.


you’re a bad teacher

if you can’t hold your bladder for six hours plus

you’re a bad teacher

if a student and his parents see you at a restaurant with a glass of wine in front of you

you’re a bad teacher

if every single lesson isn’t differentiated and appealing to every single type of learner

you’re a bad teacher

if it takes you a week to return 95 five paragraph essays with quality feedback

you’re a bad teacher

if you question state standards and
if you don’t question state standards

you’re a bad teacher

if you don’t teach to the test
and if you do teach to the test

you’re a bad teacher

if all of your students aren’t mastery by the end of the year

you’re a bad teacher

if you don’t grade at home
if you turn your email off after school hours
if you aren’t available to students and parents 24/7
if you aren’t losing sleep

you’re a bad teacher

if you take two days off in a row because you have contagious strep throat
if you take a day off to accompany your kindergartner on her pumpkin patch field trip

you’re a bad teacher

if you put your children, your spouse, yourself before the job

you’re a bad teacher

if you don’t spend your own money to fund
pencils, paper, and markers for your students who can’t afford them
donuts, pizza, or ice cream for the victors of a classroom competition
stickers, candy, and prizes for motivation

you’re a bad teacher

if you think you deserve a raise
because, how dare you, it’s a calling, it’s not about the money
if you think you deserve a raise, did you forget about your summers off

you’re a bad teacher

even though you have a bachelor’s degree in your area of expertise and a master’s to seal the deal

you’re just a teacher
you’re a bad teacher

if you take a day off to protest at the capital for educational reform
you should be in the classroom instead, teaching those kids

you’re a bad teacher

let me, my suit, my tie, my MBA make legislative decisions for you

you’re just a teacher
you’re a bad teacher

if you’re human
if you have a life outside your career
if you don’t ooze platitudes and exalt your profession to the masses
if you’re not a martyr

You’re a bad teacher.
You’re just a teacher.
You’re a bad teacher.
I’m a bad teacher .

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