As part of my job (I am a journalist), I recently sat in on a training seminar for around 70 new teachers. During one portion, the teachers were reading and discussing a section on preparation for a new school year from a popular educator’s book. Each group then presented an idea from the book that they liked to the crowd. Several of the groups selected a “new teacher shower.”
You see, what the book suggests is that once you’ve obtained a position at a school you “ask a friend or family member to host a new teacher shower” so you can stock up on filing cabinets, folders and other supplies.
From what I could tell, I was the only one in the room who thought it was an awful suggestion. I’m marrying a teacher next year and have written about education for several years so I know all about the out-of-pocket costs many teachers face for supplies. But can you imagine asking your friends and family to buy you gifts because you got a job and have secured a regular paycheck? 0825-10
The idea of a “new teacher shower” and the person who dreamed up this “gimme” belong here…