I find that I complain on my blog about teaching a lot. It isn’t all that bad. I actually love teaching. I love seeing the look on a child’s face when I tell them they’ve read/wrote/solved something correctly. All teachers have a stressful job and I don’t think mine is any worse than others. It is just that I have had two out of three rough years with a lot of ups and downs. Admist the rough patches, I have had some great times with my students.
Most of the good times I have had come from silly things little kids say. One of my favorites is that it hasn’t failed – for 3 years I’ve told my students to say, “Present” when I do attendance, and a lot of them say, “President” instead. So cute that I don’t even correct them.
In the big picture, the best parts about being a teacher are the kids!
Another funny constant – the pee pee dance. All kids do it. I always can tell who really has to go to the bathroom and who just wants a break from class. Their legs start tapping, they get a crazy pained look on their face, and they start grabbing their clothes. It always comes on suddenly and out of nowhere. Sometimes they tell me too late and we have accidents….
I have had a lot of strange questions from my students. I always try not to laugh but it is hard.
“How is you having a baby when you don’t have a baby?” -Response: I am pregnant and that means there is a baby growing inside of me.
“Is the band Mindless Behavior mean the same “behavior” as the behavior rules we follow in class?” – no comment, how does one even answer that?
“Why you have brown spots on your face?” – those are freckles
“Do you kiss your husband?” – WHAT?! – “Ewwwwwwwww, “says the whole class.
“How do a cat have a baby?” – another no comment
And then there are the tall tales…
“My dad has a volcano next to his work – just like that one!” – said while pointing to the tornado we are watching on a weather video
“My Grandma went to Mars once.”
“I went to the beach yesterday and went swimming in the ocean!” – said on a Tuesday in December
“I saw Vice President Biden in the hallway.” – said about a tall white man visiting the school
“I went to Brockbama’s house.”
“I’ve been to Paris, and to Connecticut, and I am going to Norway too over Spring Break.”
No matter how hard a day at school can be – the tantrums, the disrespect, the fights, the chaos – I can always find something good in a day. Whether it is a hug, a sweet picture, or even an, “I love you,” there is a little light at the end of a long day.
Since I told my class I was pregnant, some of them have noticed when I start to get upset about something and they take over, and tell remind those students they are upsetting their teacher and the baby. They always ask how the baby and I are doing and some even want to rub my non-existent bump. These children are filled with love and I only give them love back. I cannot even count the number of love notes I have received this year from not only students in my class, but also students I had in previous years, AND students whom I have never taught. It breaks my heart every time I receive a note that asks me to be his/her mother when I know they either do not have one, or they go home to a difficult life.
I know I have acted ungrateful that I have the privilege to be an educator (b/c it is a privilege). I know I have whined and complained about my job – but it is what I chose to do and everyone has bad days. I chose to give children in a low-income community the great education they deserve. I came to work where I work on purpose. And I feel that I have given them my all.
If I were not moving, I would stay in the school system. I have had a lot of parents approach me since I announced I was moving. They were very upset that their children would not have me as a teacher.
To hear that from these parents makes me feel so good. It makes me feel like I did something right. I know next week will be rough and I am sure a lot of tears will be shed when I say my goodbyes… I can only hope that my little hard workers continue to be successful and someday come find me to tell me of their successes in life.
Bonnie Rose says
Kids really say the darnest of things. 😉 I never know what my own are going to say.
Bonnie Rose | A Compass Rose
Teaching where we did definitely makes you want to quit on the daily. But you’re right. There are some moments that make it worthwhile. Except when parents assault you. I don’t miss that!
This made me cry like a crazy lady. I was almost a teacher, so I have complete respect for what you do. I can’t even imagine teaching in that district. PS – What is even happening in the thought bubble in the second picture?
You never know what to expect from kids! They are just too darn funny! I imagine it will be pretty hard to leave. It is kind of hard not to fall in love with those kids you are with every day.
xx BHB says
This is so so so so cute 🙂 I bet you’re a wonderful teacher! It’s so special to me to have Z in my life — I met her when she was 5 and now she’s almost 8 1/2 and it’s such a wonderful fun time of life. She’s so inquisitive and so smart and funny, but still so sweet and full of love.
My professor and I were just talking about education in class last night since he is a counselor in an options school and sometimes I seriously lose my faith in humanity when I find out how shitty the school system works. But I really want to be a teacher and in the end I think it will be worth it
Kids are so silly and say the darndest things. It sounds like you’re a great teacher. It’s absolutely precious that they want to rub your belly even though you don’t have one yet. Oh, and I love the artwork, too funny.
Stories about cute kids makes me so happy to be going into this field. I know it’s going to be hard work, but the cuteness helps make it fun 🙂
Samantha Bender says
Your students sound like such fun! Kids are just so silly and cute, and they always mean the best!
LOL – so funny. I love the Brockbama comment. 🙂
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