IamA teacher in the US. The comments in the Reddit Gifts for Teachers blog post makes me feel this is needed. AMA!
There seems to be some confusion about teaching in general, and lots of questions regarding the ups and downs of my choice of career. As with most issues, this one is extremely convoluted and hard to grasp from the outside. My spouse and I will be answering questions. We hope to help clear things up with a perspective from the inside. Keep in mind that we live in a pretty liberal state and in a low-income area, so some of our answers may not be the same as other states or even other districts. If other teachers or administrators want to help contribute, please do! The more viewpoints that get contributed the better. We will do our best to help Reddit understand teaching.
Please, don't gift gold to any of our replies or this post. For privacy reasons, this is a throwaway and would be wasted money anyway. If you feel so inclined to spend money as a thank you, donate to the Reddit Gifts for Teachers here: http://redditgifts.com/blog/view/dear-reddit-we-have-lot-teachers-signed-who-really-need-your/
My Proof: Will be sent to the mods.
Sorry, had a minor household emergency. I'm back answering questions now.
I'm still here to answer questions, and likely will be for at least a while longer.
Sorry, it is extremely late. We'll get to more questions tomorrow. For now, goodnight.
Ok. I answered what questions remained. I may answer stragglers, but I cannot guarantee anything. Thank you all for participating!