Can you imagine if there was a "Teacher Free Agency?????"
Now granted, there would have to be some ground rules, and we'd have to actually have an agent, and we'd have to be able to show our teaching skills, and... well, you get the point that this is only a dream, but just stay with me while I dream for a bit....
Superintendents from across the land would come into schools and ask principals which teachers were performing at the highest level of distinction... principals would be able to negotiate salaries with those teachers that hit their "free agency period" and I think it would be pretty cool.... just like in the professional sports world!!!
Unrealistic.... but cool nonetheless.
Cool, but it's not what we're all about as teachers.
We're not in it for "me."
So, what do we "make" you might ask?
We make students happy.
We make students perform.
We make students laugh.
We make students play together.
We make students learn.
We make students accept one another.
We make students care about each other's feelings.
We make students respectful.
We make students believe in themselves.
You've probably heard it before...
We make a difference.
So ... if they ask me if I would want to be a "Teacher Free Agent"...
I'd have to say, "No, thank you.
I'm a teacher ... and proud of it.
So, what do you make?"