Wednesday, May 1, 2013

4 Reasons Preschool Teachers Are Not Paid Enough

When it comes to teaching, it's no secret that teachers aren't paid enough. I don't just mean high school, middle school, and elementary school teachers. I'm talking about preschool teachers. You know, the ones who have to change diapers all day long and deal with kids who don't know how to share? When I graduated college, I became a toddler teacher. Preschool teachers should be making six figures for the stuff they have to put up with. Here are 4 specific reasons preschool teachers put up with more than they should, and don't get paid enough for it.

1. Poop.

Kids poop all the time. It wouldn't be so bad if you just had to simply take a child to the bathroom and wait for him or her to get finished. No, no. We had 14 two-year olds a day who seemed to all be on the same poop schedule. Who had to change all of those dirty diapers you may ask? Yours truly.

2. Screaming.

I never knew how much kids could scream until I was thrown into the lead teacher position. They scream at everything. When they're tired. When they're hungry. When they can't stand the thought of sharing that one stupid dinosaur toy. When I don't put in the right movie that pleases all fourteen of them. When they don't want to take a nap. When it's actually nap time and they wake up from a bad dream. I mean, the list goes on and on. Preschool teachers are definitely not paid enough to put up with all that screaming. I think the school that I taught at for a year should pay for me to get my ears checked. I'm 75% certain I am partially deaf in my right ear. I have reason to believe it's from fourteen screaming two-year olds running around the classroom.

3. Lesson plans? Yeah, right.

I worked at a school where the director felt the need to try to tell me how to run my classroom. Of course, I took her opinions into consideration. I mean she was my boss after all, but there was no way on Earth I was going to get fourteen two-year olds to actually sit down and listen to me teach them how to count to ten. Only when they're three is that actually plausible. But when they are two, their attention span is about the length of a goldfish. Show them a shiny object and you have completely and totally lost their attention. My main goal was to make sure none of them killed themselves on the playground or bit each other during center play. I could care less about lesson plans.

4. School functions outside of the school hours.

Don't even get me started. Preschool teachers have so many school functions to attend. If someone would have warned me the amount of school functions I'd have to go to, I would've never applied for the position. It's ridiculous. I mean a love and logic class that taught parents how to deal with their kids was mandatory for us to attend. I'm sorry, those fourteen screaming, pooping tots are not mine. I don't want to take a class on how to teach them how to share and be nice. I want to teach them how to take a nap so I can actually get a break during the day.

About the author: Carly is a blogger for Smith Monitoring, a carrier of a Houston security system. Contrary to popular belief, she did love teaching two-year olds, but she's glad she doesn't have to change any more dirty diapers.

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