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John Pawlak said a mouthful a couple weeks ago, but he usually does.  I want to add to his teacher appreciation column.
 Recently, and it was during teacher appreciation week, a student asked me if one needed a college degree to be a teacher.  A while back a student asked me if math teachers get paid more than P.E. teachers- because math is harder than P.E.  
My son has graciously pointed out to me that teaching is at the bottom of the professional totem pole and Foreign Language teachers, that would be me, are at the bottom of the bottom.  I ignore him a lot.
As Mr. Pawlak questioned in his article “Is the regard for teaching truly a lost tradition…” That’s what I wonder about.  I have these students who view teaching as an easy job or an easy way to make money.  I am not sure why they think it is easy.  Maybe some of us teachers make it look easy.
 Maybe we do.  I haven’t thought about it.  They only see us work for about 90 minutes of our day and that work is filled with interaction.  Maybe to some of these kids it seems like it would be easy to stand in front of a bunch of kids and try to get them to think.  But they don’t see the behind the scenes work that a teacher does.


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