Time to get a little real about the benefits and joys of teaching:
- Guaranteed breaks, holidays, and weekends
I am guaranteed every major holiday, and every weekend, which, in the United States in particular, is incredible.
I work hard. I work long hours. I’m exhausted. Nevertheless, I know that I get days away from work–guaranteed.
I know that if I want to spend a national holiday somewhere, I can do it. I know I have every weekend to run errands. I know that I have a week or two break in the middle of the year built into my schedule.
I earned these days, and I have to take them, which in the United States in particular, is a definitive perk.
I have friends that barely have two weeks worth of paid vacation and/or sick days. I have friends who never get a chance to use their paid time off, and then lose those days. When it’s not demanded or required, it’s not used. Paid leave–in all its forms–is a privilege. So, I love and cherish breaks, weekends, and holidays; they’re definitely a bonus. It’s not why I chose teaching, but as I get older it’s definitely an enticing reason to stay in teaching.