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Sun newspapers Wed 7 Aug 2013



Sun newspapers Wed 7 Aug 2013


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin Region

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Vehicles must be purchased and delivered between 1st July 2013 and 31st July 2013 to be eligible for this offer. ^Recommended Retail Price based on manual model. Premium/ metallic paint $475 extra. *ADR 81/02 results. Combined highway/city driving. Actual fuel consumption may vary. For full terms and conditions go to Suzuki.com.au/CappedPriceService. TSPSUZ1601_NTN_M6x3 LMVD403 $15 ,9 90 DRIV E AW AY ^ FRO M STYLISH, SPACIOUS, 7 AIRBAGS AND ESC PLUS IPOD CONNECTIVITY AND ECONOMICAL, ONLY 5.5L PER 100KM*. NOW WITH 5 YEAR CAPPED PRICE SERVICE suzuki.com.au SUNNewspapers >> Opinion Teachers not on Easy Street ABOUTHENRY A Territorian since 1975, Henry hasworked in remote, town and urban communities. Hewas principal at Leanyer School from 1992 until he retired in 2012. Teaching is but one small part of the educational equation THE work of teachers and school leaders often reminds me of an iceberg. An iceberg only reveals 10 per cent of its mass. The other 90 per cent is hidden beneath the water, visible only to marine creatures. The work done by teachers and school leaders is the same 10 per cent seen and 90 per cent unseen. Perception The all too frequent public perception of teachers and school support staff is that they work for six hours each day, five days a week. This 30-hour working week is complimented by 12 weeks holiday each year. Those working in schools are deemed to be people on Easy Street when it comes to occupational comparison. There are of course some who appreciate the job of teaching and education as being in depth. But the idea the job is superficial appears to be held by many. One of the criticisms heaped on teachers, support staff and school leadership teams is that teaching is an easy job, generating far too many rewards. Ive heard people say teachers should go and get themselves a real job. Letters to newspapers regularly decry teachers as being too well rewarded for the tasks they undertake. What is entailed Teaching is far more than what is depicted by the professions percentage of public visibility. In fact, teaching is one small part of the educational equation. Detailed planning, preparation and programming, taking many hours of time, precede the act of classroom teaching and direct engagement with students. Beyond teaching there is the recording of outcomes, (testing, measurement and assessment), review and the considerations of revision and extension. These educational elements go well beyond teacher and pupil interaction in the class room. After-hours commitment A drive past most schools before and after hours, on weekends and during holiday periods will reveal a growing number of parked teachers cars. Staff members are inside working on the huge number of tasks that embrace the teaching profession. Salary recognises teachers for around 37 hours a week, yet in real terms many are working upwards of 60 hours during the same period. These days, there are more and more meetings in which teachers and staff members are required to participate. Staff and unit meetings, moderation meetings, performance management meetings and a plethora of other gatherings have proliferated. Most are held outside the scope of the normal working day and week. Teachers organise extended excursions. They coach and manage teams and groups involved in sporting and cultural exchanges of several days duration. Preparation for their normal classes before going is part of the deal. They are part of fundraising activities, school council committees and school improvement planning groups. The list goes on. A giving profession Unlike many occupations, teaching does not pay overtime. The incalculable number of unpaid hours devoted to their task by educators makes giving one of the key characteristics of those engaged in the profession. Dont knock teachers and school staff members. They are selfless, giving and caring. Most teachers are there for others and without the work they do our society would be the poorer. Theirs is one of societys linchpin professions.

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