Do you play the teacher card?
You know what I'm talking about, it's the one that gets people talking and often gets us FREEBIES! When I first started teaching, I didn't realize how powerful this card could be. Quickly, this began to change.
At first, I would happen to mention at retail places that I was a teacher that's why I buy things in quantities of 25. What I noticed was many people would immediately loosen up and start talking to me. Let me stop here and explain something...
I am from up north (Ohio). I have lived in NC now for almost 8 years. Let me just say, my personality, can be somewhat too much for people. I move fast, I talk fast and I'm always in a rush to move on to my next task. This I feel is an admirable trait. I also happen to get through life on sarcasm which may or may not be an admirable trait...moving on...
I've found though, that sometimes I just end up confusing people. So, after 8 years, I think I've found a small talk happy medium. The teacher card though can get anyone talking. There are a few things that people say that come up again and again
- People tell me they could never do what I do
- People tell me horror stories about current teachers of their children and how wrong that teacher is and what do I think? Um...awkward
- Of course I get the "you have 3 months off so whatever your worried about now doesn't matter" ~ that usually ends that conversation :)
- The best reaction though is people who will go out of their way to help simply because I teach
I have received free carpets, limitless paint stir sticks from paint counters, free recyclable bags, free glue, free paper, crayons, countless "extra" discounts, free painting services and so much more over the years.
It always warms my heart to see how my profession touches not only children, but adults as well. To me, it means that at some time, somewhere a teacher made a difference to them. I hope I can be that teacher to some of my students.
So, thank you for all of you who go out of your way to help a teacher out!
Now teachers, when and where do you play the teacher card?