Monday, January 10, 2011
A Teacher's Salary
Tax time is coming. So it won't be long and I'll be doing it again.
I'll be going through each and every receipt.
Just how much did I spend of my not-enough teacher paycheck to purchase things for the classroom?
I don't even want to know. (And I'll definitely do my best to keep that information from Mr. Johnson.)
Yes. Some are deductible. I like deductions as much as the next guy, but the fact is, the money is still gone from my wallet.
Last minute bulletin board supplies for a most-inviting back to school classroom, cotton balls for Santa's beard, clothespins for classroom management, my favorite felt-tip purple and pink and teal grading pens, peanut butter and bird seed and Valentine cards for each little love of mine. And a million other must-haves.
And I'll even admit that some of this spending is unnecessary (sort of).
I mean, I have been known to bribe children with little what-nots, such as a cold Sprite from my fridge when a student conquers his/her first Facts Master 100 (in ten minutes), a drawer full of goodies to choose from for being responsible and returning a progress report, or a snack when we work together and earn our jar full of marbles for good behavior or performance.
But let's see...how much is good behavior and performance worth to me?
And I also admit THIS...part of my paycheck goes to keeping the room smelling and feeling good. Maybe that's not necessary either. But it sure makes me want to be there. And I bet that goes for my students too.
Each year I try to curb some of my desires. And I've actually been successful in making do with what I have in many situations.
But once and awhile the pressure builds up. I lose my head. I forget what I'm spending and instead think of how meaningful it will be to my students.
Thus. The receipts.