On Opening Day, each year, I gave each staff member an inspirational poem about teaching. The poems were typed on decorative paper with a small trinket (hear, shell) attached. Often I would see it in the classrooms, and that made all the printing and gluing worth the effort.
So, as we end the 2018-2019 school year, I share with you my Opening Day poem from 2010-2011. How many of the 13 items below sound like you this past school year?
I hope you enjoy your well-deserved break and recharge your batteries for a great 2019-2020 school year.
- Real teachers grade papers in the car, during commercials, in faculty meeting at times in the bathroom.
- Real teachers cheer when they hear April 1st or Halloween does not fall on a school day.
- Real teachers can’t walk past a crowd of kids without straightening up the line (or at least thinking about it).
- Real teachers have disjointed necks from writing on boards or turning their backs on the class.
- Real teachers are written-up in medical journals for the size and elasticity of kidneys and bladders.
- Real teachers have been timed gulping down a full lunch in 2 minutes.
- Real teachers can predict exactly which parents will show up at Open House.
- Real teachers are solely responsible for the destruction of the rain forest.
- Real teachers have their best conferences in the parking lot.
- Real teachers have never heard an original excuse.
- Real teachers buy Tylenol and Advil at Costco.
- Real teachers will eat anything that is put in the Faculty Room.
- Real teachers know secretaries and custodians run the school.
Real teachers hear the heartbeats of crisis; always have time to listen; know they teach students, not subjects; and are non-expendable.
To all future, current and retired teachers out there…
THANK YOU FOR YOUR DEDICATING YOURSELF TO TEACHING OUR KIDS!