Anna PetersonLast week, Aaron, a 5th grader at my school, told me he was going to become a special education teacher like me so he could make a lot of money and play all day. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard in my life. I told him that with a lot of hard work and dedication, he would make a wonderful teacher. “Hard work?” he asked. I then invited him to look at my daily schedule:

4 a.m.: Wake up.
5 a.m.: Leave for work.
5:45 a.m.: Arrive at school.
6 a.m.: Work on planning, IEPs, creating my own curriculum, etc. until kids arrive.
7:45 a.m.: Kids arrive and run around like crazy. I try to keep them under control, work through lunch, never sit down, etc.
4 p.m.: Go home.
4:45 p.m.: Make dinner, clean, work until I can’t keep my eyes open.
10 p.m.: Go to bed.

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