I have been asked every so often if what I am presently doing is in my job description. The truth is, I don't know. I have never been one to follow my job description to the letter - nor did I as a classroom teacher. I do not, however, do anything less than exceed descriptions - much like the classroom teachers I know.
Contracted time is important. I am a proud member of my teacher's union and I am thankful to have that support - happily paying my dues every month. Do I work my contracted hours? No. On average the district is getting a least thirty minutes extra of my at school time, unpaid, every single day I work. That, of course, does not count the time I spend at home planning, creating, and preparing new content and developing ideas to share with my colleagues.
I know - I know... I am preaching to the choir here, but here's the thing. I put a great deal of trust in the professionalism of those around me. I have faith that they will do anything and everything to create, maintain, and continue to enhance the lives and education of their students, community, and themselves. If I am asked to do something that I believe will make a child proud, a family smile, and a shine a positive and bright light on a teacher or school, I will do that in a heartbeat.
Yes, I am honoring my time, my contract, and my job description. I am proud knowing that I am one of hundreds of teachers that trust the professionalism of one another. We will continue to defy our job descriptions by doing more than is asked. So, keep tying those shoelaces, cleaning those messes, and distributing those birthday treats. Please keep taking your work home, coming in early, and staying late to prepare for greatness. Continue to do all the big and little things that make you an extraordinary educator outside of your job description and contracted time and I will, too. Chances are, it is these things that make the most important impact on our students' lives.
I'll have to check and see if blogging is a part of my own job description... or not. ;-)
Andrew G. Leiser