Monday, January 25, 2010

I Need a Sugar Daddy...


I Need a Sugar Daddy

Mr. Fairway ordered pizza. He popped the top off a beer & dialed up the NFC playoff game. I cracked open my bag & pulled out 58 Great Gatsby analysis essays.

Blame me for being a halfway decent teacher. Some of my English Department colleagues float through the year on worksheets & movies. Heck, some of them assign papers & never grade them.

True story: One year Our Humble High School hired a dynamic young English teacher. He was intelligent, charming, funny. When he left at the end of the year, he left 5 filing cabinet drawers full of ungraded student papers behind.

I prefer to go Old School on my cherubs. I assign a lot of written work. In the space of a week, the kiddos in my English classes might have a research essay, a timed essay in class & a set of journal entries.

Which means, if I want to teach them anything, that I have to grade. The assignments don't mean anything if the students don't get feedback.

I'm paid for a 7.5-hour day, 5 days a week. But between my Yearbook, Newspaper & English classroom duties, I do a lot of labor "off the clock," as they say. I put in 60+ hours some weeks.

Not that I don't enjoy my work. The thing is, though, I don't get paid for all that I do.

So, consider this a want ad, of sorts.

ISO A SUGAR DADDY (OR MAMA), TO SUPPORT A BUDDING BLOGGER. EXCELLENT WRITING SKILLS, TOP-NOTCH SENSE OF HUMOR, REALISTIC OUTLOOK ON LIFE. CAN & WILL WRITE ANY KIND OF CONTENT, AS LONG AS IT'S CLEAN. WILL EVEN TWEAK TWITTER, IF THE JOB REQUIREMENTS NECESSITATE. LOOKING TO MAKE CAREER CHANGE ANYTIME YOU'RE READY.

I love my cherubs, I really do. I even love my job. But I know there's a spot out there somewhere for me in the Blogosphere. I'm not looking to take The Pioneer Woman's place. Everybody knows how I feel about her, anyway. I'm just looking for a chance to strut my stuff; to scribble for a sheckle or 2; to get out from under the mound of papers that's stifling my creative spirit.

Not asking for much, y'all. Just give me a chance. You won't regret it. I promise.

49 comments:

quilly said...

I can point you to a site that will gladly hire you on the qualifications listed in that ad. Thing is, they only pay $1.00 per hour. Are you up for that?

Kimberly@PrettyPinkMomma said...

Teachers are so under appreciated! If I find a sugar daddy for myself I'll be sure to ask if he has any friends to send your way, lol!

Alicia said...

oh man...in high school i was paid by the physics teacher to grade his papers!!! amazing deal! and my dad is a teacher and its amazing how the work is never ending!

singedwingangel said...

I would go nuts grading papers lol... teachers have my utmost respect when they are teachers like you who want the kids to learn and grow..

Amy said...

Mmm, if my paper wasn't in that filing cabinet, then another teacher pulled the same stunt.

I'm continually surprised as to how many of my peers never had to write papers in high school. Then I tell them about our folder and the check list for the four years and on and on. Crazy. Serves well for the future, though.

Hope grading went well!

Michelloui said...

Well if you find a sugar daddy, ask him if he has a brother in the UK... ;)

Im not a teacher but I know what you mean--its just life and priorities. As far as the PW is concerned... its a bit like Martha Stewart in my humble opinion. Ree is just the face of a team of people. She *may* have started as a one man band, but there is no way she is successful in all areas of her life right now is she is still a one man band!!

Herself said...

M,
Obviously you've hit a note...
Who doesn't need a "sponsor" anyway?
Thanks for popping by. C

Allyson said...

If you find where the State Department is stashing Sugar Daddies, can you please let me know?? I would like to put in my request..or..er...BEG.

My sister is a high school English teacher in Florida and you're absolutely right...it's not a 30-40 hour work week, it's much closer to 60..but those last 20 you're working for free. And everyone says "but you get your summers off!" which is nice...but it's only 8 weeks and just about the time you've started to unwind, it's time to wind back up again.

I hope you do find someone to sponsor your writing addiction. It's MUCH more fun to do something you enjoy (and would do for free anyway).

Together We Save said...

Me too....me too. But I have to say, I enjoy blogging so much it is taking up alot of my time.

The Mommyologist said...

You are too funny! Wouldn't it be great if there were a job like that?

blueviolet said...

You're gonna get your sugar daddy! I just know it!

KellieS said...

Hi Melissa,

I wanted to introduce myself; I'm Kellie from Women's Life Link. Your link over at mycup2yours sent me to your sugar daddy post. Your comment about grading Great Gatsby papers caught my attention because my daughter just did that assignment for her English class recently. Hmmmm....just wondering what school you teach for. Anyway, have a good one!

Kellie

Quasi Serendipita said...

My mother could have written that post. I hear you about the hours worked vs hours paid thing...

Susie said...

I can't believe you don't get paid for every second of work that you do!!!

Kristin said...

I'm sure with your dedication there is definitely a place for you in the old 'sphere!

miss jo said...

Yes. The elusive Sugar Daddy. I don't think they're real....As for your next-career move,from time to time on Craigslist in SF under Writer/Editor I see posts for people with blogging and seo experience. I'll send you them when they pop up. Frankly, you should be a webmaster of a major website, with all your exceptional editorial skills. Real.

{ Persis Shah } said...

I completely agree with you in that there's no point to assigning homework unless the students know that they shall be graded and will receive feedback for their efforts (or the lack of it).

I also feel that even though teaching is the most respected profession, it is also one of the most exhausting and under paid (and sometimes under appreciated) jobs of them all. ~ daughter of an Arts teacher since 23 years.

P.S. I love your advt and will surely let you know in case I happen to come across any related opportunities.

xo.

Miss. Ardeth Blood said...

You just described my dream job too. Getting paid to blog.
P.S. I love your blog header.

Lita C. Malicdem said...

Down here in my country, teachers are famously referred to as the "unsung heroes", sticking it out all day to collect just a minimal pay at the end of the month. I was on the same boat as you are. But I enjoyed my work to the end- if only for my school children. My latest post prove this.

Stephanie Faris said...

There are ways to get paid to blog...but I think it requires selling out and doing "giveaways" and that sort of thing. Some people do freelance PR where they do blogging for companies, and some companies hire writers just to keep up their blogs... I think it's probably easier to just freelance write.

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