- Me: Come here S.
- S: Okay (comes over and puts his arm over my shoulder).
- Me: I'm about to tell you something very important, so I need you to focus and do a good job listening.
- S: You got it Ms. PPT!
- Me: You always cheer for every kid in the class when they get an answer right or do something that they couldn't do before.
- S: Yup.
- Me: I want you to keep doing that for the rest of your life no matter what. Even when you're too cool to give your old Pre-K teacher a hug, I want you to keep cheering people on and celebrating with them.
- S: Okay! (Hugs me)
- S: (whispering) I'll never be too cool for you.
When 4 year olds want to impress you
they wear their mother’s sunglasses and a vest (that used to be on a teddy bear) to school.
Sad but this is so true.
"This is your 2nd mom."
— Pre-K Grandpa introducing me to one of my new students
"I keep my phone in a place no girls would want to look."
One of my 5th graders.
Oi vey. Also, I didn’t have a cell phone until I was 18 and could pay for it myself.
Why I teach:
- The day J. finally came to school without things in his pocket. Oh, how we celebrated.
- The day M. realized a black man was running for president, and that meant HE could be president.
- The first time G. sounded out a word, and we ran and showed every teacher in the building.
- When I didn’t feel well and K. told me to make sure I ate broccoli and carrots.
- The field trip, when my class collectively stopped on their own, to dance to the steel drum music.
- Watching Obama’s inauguration with my class, and they looked to me during every period of clapping so I could explain what was being said. That these little kiddos gave up their recess to continue watching.
- When A. connected what we were learning in math, to fantasy football.
- When B. stood up to a 6th grader for picking on her friend, used her words, and got a teacher.
- The first time M. read a book to her mom.
- The time I had to buy the groceries for L.’s family
- The look on T.’s face when I bought him some school pants that actually fit him.
- Counting by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s while exercising.
- Jump Rope songs.
- Making boats and studying why they sank or floated
- When my students wanted to write letters to thank Rosa Parks
- When R. said he kicked butt at math, and to “bring it on”
- When my class beat the rest of the school in their martial arts tournament — and we were the youngest
- Y’s face when I really showed up at his basketball game, even though his dad did not
- Making sure H got the accommodations that were appropriate for his disabilities
- When my students learned that yes, they did live in Ohio, even though the name of their city was different
- Students at-risk of joining gangs, coming to my room in the morning to ask for advice, students that were never in my class
- The pride my students feel when we celebrate their progress
and so much more.
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