Please allow a former high school teacher to stray from the topic of food to show you this video of South Jersey public school teachers. Last week, they took the work that they needed to do while off the clock (for teachers, that means hours they aren’t contracted to work) to a local mall and held a "grade in." It wasn't a protest. They hoped to educate the public about what they do after 3 p.m. most days. For two hours they graded papers, and if their jobs are anything like mine was when I was teaching, many of them still had work to do when they got home.

If you’re a teacher, thank you. If you’re someone who thinks a teacher’s job ends at 3 p.m., I hope this video has shown you that it doesn’t. If you have kids in school, think of how you can make their teachers’ jobs just a little bit easier. 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Teachers hold a 'grade in' at the mall
New Jersey teachers take their after-hours work to a public place to show the public how much they do when they are off the clock.