With the Frederick County Maryland teachers on a work to contract strike (they only work the hours designated by their contract) people are talking more about education. I think that’s great. We should talk more about education.
Now, I’m not trying to start a fight here but I think teachers should be working to contract. All the time. Why should we expect teachers to work extra hours without pay? Would you work extra hours? Would you spend your weekends at work because it would make your product better? Because that is what we are asking them to do. We want teachers to work extra hours to take care of our kids without giving them regular pay increases. (Seriously. Have you seen the gas prices? What’s wrong with a cost of living raise?)
I thought about becoming a teacher. I have a degree in biology and I started taking the required teaching courses because I wanted to help kids learn how their bodies worked and about the world around them. I thought it would be great because with a strong understanding of biology you can understand what your doctor is saying and understand the medications you are taking. It is important stuff that can help you out for a lifetime. But 10 days at the local middle school changed my mind. The enthusiastic teachers were getting ready to move on because of the conditions and the moderate and poor teachers were just doing the minimal amount of work to keep their jobs. Frederick County, Maryland has one of the best public school systems in the nation. That’s sad.
If we want to help our kids we need to help our teachers. Teaching shouldn’t be the last place a person looks for employment. There shouldn’t be a high turnover for teachers. If we pay them well then we will recruit the best and most enthusiastic. Don’t we all want that? I do.
I am scared of people. I struggle with small talk. Writing is so much easier because I can edit before I send it out into the world. When I write I can get my foot caught in my mouth and erase it before anyone else notices. In public that isn’t the case, which causes me to have sweaty palms and a tickle in my throat. When people ask me if I’m an introvert or an extrovert I don’t know what to say. I love people. I love to talk. I tell everyone everything. But the first time I meet someone I get close to passing out. I guess I’m an extrovert with an allergic reaction to new people. So if I win the Tots2Tweens Blog Awesome Challenge I’m going to be a wreck!
Alright, let me back up a little. Tots2Tweens is this awesome website that has loads of information for parents of children ages (can you guess?) birth through middle school in DC, MD, northern VA and southern PA. You can find a camp, ballet lessons and birthday balloons all on the same site. There are articles and recipes and classified ads and a blog. And because they have a blog they need bloggers. And because they need bloggers they are having a blogging contest. And the winner of this blogging contest gets a paid trip to Bloggy Boot Camp and a paid internship writing for Tots2Tweens. And if I win I will need to carry an emergency bottle of wine in case anyone actually talks to me and I start to panic. Which I WILL do because I don’t know how to deal with social situations at all. Unless they occur completely online and I can check my words before they go out to the public.
I decided to participate in the Tots2Tweens Blog Awesome Challenge to push me to be a better blogger. I have learned so much just from the competition and I would learn even more if I won! If I make it to the conference I am hopeful that I would learn more about promoting my blog and keeping your attention. But it would be terrifying. I have never been to a blogging conference. I’m a stay at home mom and I only have three shirts I feel comfortable wearing in public. I would have to talk to people. I’m scared. I’m excited. I’m way past an anxiety attack. If I win they better throw in a personal shopper. And maybe a paper bag to breathe into when someone says hello to me at the conference!
Win or lose, this was an awesome experience (just as they said it would be!) Stop by Tots2Tween to learn more about this blogging contest (you have until April 4th to enter) and to find a birthday party pony, or a summer camp, or a pediatric dentist, or a dentist that rides a pony (if there is one, you would find it here).
This post was written as part of the Tots2Tweens Blog Awesome Challenge. Should I be selected as the winner I will receive a conference pass to Bloggy Boot Camp Philly as well as other monetary compensation. All opinions are my own.
I was thrilled to spend this past Saturday shopping in downtown Frederick. I was able to stop by Lebherz Oil & Vinegar Emporium (LOVE) and Voila in Frederick. (That’s actually the name – Voila in Frederick. I’m not trying to be repetitive here.)
I have been to LOVE before and it is definitely worth the trip if you enjoy good food. (If you don’t care much about food then a store full of olive oil isn’t going to be that exciting.) The basil olive oil we picked up a few months ago was a wonderful addition to shaved fennel salad and great for dipping fresh bread. This time we bought a bottle of Arbequina. The great thing about LOVE is that you can taste the oil before you buy. Just for that I will be headed back to LOVE any time I need oil or vinegar!
Voila is a new tea shop in downtown Frederick (don’t forget that Serenity Tearoom also sells loose tea.) It was a fun place to visit and we picked up a few tins of tea. I was happy to discover a new favorite on my first visit. It is an herbal tea called Mango and Friends. The tea is sweet and fruity but not overboard on either. It will work out well as a sugar free beverage this summer that works for both children and adults.
It is easy to support local businesses when they carry great items!