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Three Months Holiday a Year: The Common Misconceptions of Teaching

Out of respect for my mom, my sisters-in-law and my step mom (all teachers). As well as for all the teachers I’ve had over the years and the ones working with my daughter. I have a tremendous respect for what you all do and I am sharing this amazing post so others can understand better.

Suzie Speaks

Yesterday I had a conversation with a friend-of-a-friend. This is how it went:

Them: So, what do you do?

Me: I’m a music teacher.

Them: Oh, so you’re on half-term at the minute?

Me: Yes, I’ve been on half-term over the last week.

Them: It must be great having three months off a year…

Suffice to say, the conversation didn’t last very long.

I’ve been a qualified music teacher since July 2007 and have been employed in secondary schools on a permanent basis ever since. This is not the first time I have had the ‘three months a year’ comment directed towards me, usually by people (friends included) that have no experience or understanding of the profession. I used to be furious at this, now I usually just roll my eyes and change the subject of the conversation, but for some reason the comment really irritated me yesterday.

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