- Apply for jobs
- Finish the last course for my credential, including a research paper
- Attend two different summer institutes, one on teaching science and one on teaching math
- Read many books and journals to provide more background for teaching science and math, particularly historical information and pedagogical strategies
- Read a couple of novels
- Share the cooking with my husband, who did ALL the cooking last spring!
Before you can address the "summers off" thing, people have to understand the commitment during the school year. When I served as one of the '07-'08 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellows in DC, we were asked by our supervisors (program directors and managers of many of the federal agencies) to give a presentation that was a "shop floor perspective." Some of my colleagues came up with an analogy that was brilliant - we had virtually every individual with their jaws dropped, and saying omg I never thought about it like that.... we have continued to use it, with the appropriate tweak for the audience - and it seems to be successful.
We told them:
- Imagine that it is Monday, and you have 6 meetings, back to back. You are organizing and leading each meeting and must prepare the visuals and handouts. Assume you'll have about 30 people in each one.
- If they say you teach multiple sections of the same class; note that it's really a different meeting because they have a slightly different focus and you need to prepare for that focus.
- On Tuesday, it's the same thing: 6 different meetings, back to back and you are in charge. Same for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.
- At each meeting, the participants will turn in their proposals/plans/what have you that you must read, review, and comment on before the next day.
- During your lunch hour (and if you are lucky enough to have a "free" period), you use that time to answer voice mail,email, and other office memos that have come in.
- Note that you are expected to keep up with current research in your field (so you can prepare for those meetings).
- And that you are on several other committees for which you must attend meetings.We asked them if they could do all this in a 9-5 workday, and not take work home with them, or work on the weekend. I think we added something about differentiation and special needs. It was very powerful.
As you can see, we did not even broach much of the detail - and it still left our audience amazed at what we do. We never got antagonistic, we never whined or complained, we just said - here's the data in your terms.
There's a great video "What Teachers Make" which should be taken out and shown at least once a year - for yourself if no one else.