Well, I decided to take a short break from writing nonfiction to do something a little more fun. After teaching for 12 or so years, I’ve noticed that I love teaching but still feel burned out at the end of each year. It’s usually not the classroom and teaching that causes this, but rather the constant feeling (and direction) to cover my “buns” with additional paperwork. This is something that addresses this feeling, and would be a lighthearted way to start the year. These table tents could be left in a colleagues mailbox or left on their desk for fun as you return to school. If I was an administrator (and obviously I should be ;) I might use these to relate to my staff and recognize their hard work. This is just one sheet. Once cut in half, the top half forms a tent that says, “I am a Teacher,” on the front. On the back, it says, “You’re Covered...Now Go Teach!” The bottom half is folded into a tent and placed inside the top tent. The “blank” side goes to the front, and then underneath the “you’re covered” side, it says, “
Don’t get caught with your pants down. This card covers your booty for the following:
Room set-up, lesson planning, teaching ALL standards, learning targets/objectives, “research-based” strategies, test
prep, standardized tests, progress monitoring, data walls, intervention plans, team meetings, professional
development, parent contact logs, parent phone calls, behavior data forms, referral forms, assignment
grading/evidence collection, report card grade entry, report card comments, IEPs (including writing, scheduling,
attending, and follow-up), 504s, legislative fears, lack of trust and respect in the news and community, friends that
say, “I wish I had the summer off,” low wages, state mandates, mandated curriculum, new initiatives, lack of prep
time, “other assigned duties,” walk-throughs, teacher evaluations, career plans, continuing education courses,
technology fails, negative staff members, angry parents, larger class sizes, and whatever was missed that leads to
40-50% of new teachers leaving the profession within 5 years.
Disclaimer: Obviously this card covers nothing, but hopefully makes you smile and brings notice to the hard work you put in everyday!”
There is color, but it's really designed for black and white. I just wanted the image to be lighter than the text when printed. The front can be stapled, paperclipped, or fastened another way. Then the back can be lifted to reveal the message. Formatting took way longer than expected and my wife thinks I’m crazy, but she’s not a teacher...I think only a teacher could understand! Enjoy and have a great year!