Like teenagers across America, I have a summer job. I am the Institute Director for a training program designed to equip career-changing professionals with the skills needed to teach in the high needs subject areas (math/ SpEd) of a low-performing urban area. The program is one of many funded and overseen by the an organization called The New Teacher Project, which has ties to TFA in a variety of ways. The goal here is to recruit career-educators, none of this "Teach For Awhile" two years stuff.
When I was younger, I would ask my accountant father what he did at work, and, probably assuming I wouldn't understand, he would tell me that he "put out fires all day." That's what I do now. Dress code complaints, summer school ending early, accusations of rampant unprofessionalism, sexual harrassment by cooperating teachers, whining about curriculum being "too theoretical." During the first week I kept a stop watch. Whenever I had solved all the problems, I turned it on. Whenever a new problem arose, I turned it off. Record: 1 hour, 7 minutes of problem-free work.