Showing posts from August, 2014

Signs of the Times

I saw this verse posted on the desk of one of our teachers earlier this week while I was acting as a temporary substitute in her classroom. I smiled and thought, “How true!” It takes patience, listening, discipline, and instruction--of “Biblical” proportions--to be a teacher in the 21st Century.
Listening, teaching, discipline, and patience--all of these elements are part of the daily routine of teachers. Teachers do teach, delivering instruction and content to our students. If we didn’t do that, we would get fired. And we get better every year at teaching because we develop our craft, intentionally growing and learning and expanding our repertoire of teaching strategies. But we do so much more. We love, even when not loved in return. We correct, we mold, we shape, we forgive, we get forgiveness, and we persist and we hope, even when it seems all hope is gone. That’s a tall order, but it is what we do every day. We call this school. There are many ideas in our nation about …

Note on Desk

I subbed for a teacher today and saw this on her desk. It is very appropriate to our line of work.

New Paint, New Year

It’s a new year. We have new paint on the walls and the benches. We have new air units on the roofs and a few new teachers in the classrooms. We have renewed hopes, renewed goals, and a renewed sense of the desire to accomplish and make a difference. Right now is the time when all feels right, all the kids are behaving (more or less), and all is going like it should.

I love this time of year. I do go home tired every night, ready to fall asleep at 8:00. I do feel the pressure of making sure all is running smoothly. Every teacher feels this tiredness and this pressure the first week. But even with this, I love the feeling of optimism that comes with the first of the year. So far, all of the students (except one or two) are still on their best behavior. Every student has a clean slate, a second chance, a possibility of doing better. Every teacher has new strategies, renewed energy, and an up to date gradebook. The whole school looks to the day, and the next, with fresh eyes and fresh ex…