Category Archives: Teacher Income

Call for articles – points of view…

!cid_3174513477_958480    To all my dedicated readers,

I thought about letting this blog go since I retired and then I decided to include retired teachers to the mix. New to retired teachers all have something to say and want to know what is happening nationwide in public and private education.There is much to be said about our educational system and much might be changed for the good if more people shared their great ideas, views, and great or maybe not so great experiences. Someone somewhere will be listening. So this is a shout out to all of my teaching and retired teaching extended family for experience and/or research backed posts to add to this blog. To this date my blog has had 7,878 hits and 344 followers and I haven’t posted an entry in two years. It’s time to get back on track.  If you’d like to be considered for site publication, you may choose to include your real name or use a pseudonym. There is interest in what you all have to say and bottom line is – children need our help inside and outside the classroom! Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”  You can message me with any questions you might have. Hoping to hear from you soon!

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Seth Meyers shreds Detroit’s shady school system: You have to pay your teachers for teaching

Thanks for speaking up for the Detroit teachers Seth!!  Hmm… Could this be the beginning of looking into more things that school systems nationwide need to be looked into for?

Source: Seth Meyers shreds Detroit’s shady school system: You have to pay your teachers for teaching

Why teachers teach

!cid_3172757604_646320   I recently read an article written by a college student who is reconsidering her decision to become a teacher.  While her heart seems to be in teaching, those around her are persuading her to pursue a more prestigious, higher salaried career.  In other words – a “real profession” that is worthy of the cost of a college degree.

The question then arises – why do teachers teach?  It certainly can’t be for the salary.  Teachers are underpaid and overworked.  It can’t be for respect.  Teachers are often falsely charged as being the “problem” with education.  It can’t be for the prestigious working conditions.  Many teachers work in anything but.  Why then do we see teachers endure these conditions year after year not closing the door on education to pursue a more self-satisfying, lucrative career?  The answer must lie in the altruistic nature of teaching and the strong sense of duty most teachers cite as the reason for choosing a teaching career.

According to the National Education Association the average 2011-2012 starting teacher salary in the United States was $35,672.  Factoring into this salary the state of the economy, the increasing cost of shelter, utilities, food, insurance, and yes – taxes, this amount of money doesn’t support a lavish lifestyle or even a modest lifestyle.

Do teachers deserve more respect?  While teachers bear the brunt of accusations on what’s wrong with education, few outside of education stop to question why most teachers teach a specific way.  With the terms and conditions of No Child Left Behind came a landslide of do’s and don’ts over the years eliminating any autonomy a teacher may have in the classroom.

Working conditions?  Consider a career which pays on average for 37.5 hours of work, but commands on average 50-60 hours plus each week to get the job done.   Add to that career – purchasing books and materials out-of-pocket for students unable to afford them, classroom maintenance, professional development, teacher disrespect, constantly changing expectations, added demands, student behavioral concerns, etc., and answer this – would you teach?

While you may say “no” there are many teachers who would still say “yes.”  When I ask my college students why they chose education, the same answer is given every time – “I want to make a difference.”  Indeed, there are many teachers who have done just that.  This altruistic sense of service to others is best expressed with the story of David Menasche who does not consider his declining health but instead asks “Did I make a difference?”

David Menasche: Did I make a difference?

SREB News: Online Teachers Share Strategies with ShortTakes

K-12 teachers – does classroom teaching have you feeling down?  Think online!  K-12 virtual schools are springing up across the nation.  If you have a flair for technology and think you’d enjoy teaching from home, it may be time to investigate virtual schools.

SREB News: Online Teachers Share Strategies with ShortTakes.

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,400 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Beyond the classroom | August 2012

Teaching careers in K-12 education…

Beyond the classroom | August 2012.

Capitol Connection Newsletter – July 30, 2012 – ASCD Public Policy

Interested in what’s happening in Washington?  Read on…

Capitol Connection Newsletter – July 30, 2012 – ASCD Public Policy.

Thoughts anyone?

Teachers shop – back to school

The current economic climate may find fewer families contributing to classroom school supplies and state funding severely depleted this year.  Less money per student will have teachers doing double duty when buying back to school supplies.  They will shop for their own children and the children in their classes as well.  Teachers launch school supply buying plans at the end of the previous school year and for good reason.  With the steady decline in teacher salaries because of state and federal budget cuts, every penny spent must be worth the spending.  Here are a few tips on saving big on school supplies.

  • Inventory – If you didn’t inventory classroom supplies at the end of last year – stop by the classroom before shopping.  Teachers often buy for the current year while leftover supplies from previous years keep piling up.  For example, when buying pocket folders, make note of color.  If you want blue pocket folders for writing – check to see how many you already have in the classroom.  Taking an inventory will keep more money in your pocket – where it belongs!
  • Needs versus wants – Shopping for back to school can be just as exciting for teachers as it is for students.  The economic climate however, makes it important to focus on needs versus wants.  That new calendar kit is appealing and you know it will look great in your classroom, but is there really anything wrong with the calendar kit you used last year?  Hang on to your money – you’ll find more important classroom needs to spend it on throughout the year.
  • Sales and coupons – Be sure to check the Sunday newspaper for sales and coupons.  School sales usually begin about a month before the new school year starts.  Before heading to the stores, search the Internet for additional “back to school printable coupons” – the money you save will be worth the time and effort!
  • Shop online – Shopping online through a website such as, may save you money while you earn points on every dollar spent.   You can use points on future purchases at a variety of establishments.  Be sure to order from stores offering free shipping to add to your savings.  Office Depot is a good example.  Today’s ad via MyPoints shows 750 points for spending $50.00 to $99.99 plus free shipping.  What a deal!

Get the most from back to school shopping by ensuring your hard-earned dollars are well spent!  Happy shopping!

Supplement your teacher income

If you’re like many teachers, you haven’t seen growth in your take-home pay for some time.  You may even notice a decline in take-home dollars – definitely not a good scenario in today’s uncertain economy.  Do you have a need to supplement your teacher income?

As a teacher, you have skills to open the door to a variety of supplemental income opportunities.  They include tutoring, writing, editing, lecturing, and online teaching to name a few.  A quick Internet search (supplemental income for teachers) will show more possibilities than you may have realized.

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Experiencing a steady decline in teacher income?  Boost it by using your teacher skills!  You may find a new venue for income and an enjoyable sideline as well!