Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Dear Me,

Last week, I had my students write letters to their future selves. The instructions were to write two paragraphs: academic goals for the year and personal/social goals for the year. Yes, I had to spend a good twenty minutes explaining what these words meant. On the last day of school, we would open our letters and see if we had met our goals.

I was copying this idea from my college days, where as a freshman I wrote a letter to myself that I opened right before graduation. And if we are being honest, I felt that this was a great quiet activity for the end of the day. (First week back = rough stuff.)

Then I read the letters.

And then I was reminded of why I love being a teacher.

I will be the first to admit that sometimes I throw the "Teacher Pity Party" (commonly referred to as the TPP.) You know, the "I get paid so little, I work early/stay late, I am on WHAT?! committee, I have to go to WHAT?! on a SATURDAY!?, I have so much paperwork, pretty sure a child just headbutted me" blues.



But then you see a child's honest and rare thoughts. Their dreams of "I dont want to go to the prinsipil anymor" and "I think my techer likes me. I hope she always likes me."

There were serious goals- "i want to be better at sosil stodes."
There were funny goals- "One goal I have is pass the CRCT but that will be easy for me."
There were gross goals- "I want to remeber to brush my teth evryday."
There were non-goals/random information/I did not understand the assignment- "I have 16 feshs. I am 10. I am shy."

All photos courtesy of Pinterest

Nonetheless, what a reminder of the job I, as well as all teachers, have. It is indeed, an awesome and important job. And no need for the TPP today.

4 comments:

  1. You are a GREAT teacher... our kiddos are so blessed to have you in their life!
    I am sooo going to miss my daily fashionista upstairs. You better not go far!
    xoxo

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  2. love, Jessica :)

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  3. Thank you so much Jessica! Never fear, I will be upstairs to bug you at least 100 times a day.

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  4. I LOVE this post! You are too funny! I was laughing so hard, I almost woke Jake up. Those kids are so lucky to have you as a teacher. I hope Jake always has teacher like you! Love you & miss you!!

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