Tuesday, August 18, 2009

ahh yes...

my first day back at school. the end of the endless summer. the workdays before the kids arrive. hmmm...
i really do love teaching. it is a part of me. i think back to a lot of the other decisions that i made when i was 17 and i shudder. but the decision to become a teacher worked out pretty well. here i am- a scant 22 years later. walking in to another year of school. and while i'm sorry to see summer go because i enjoy it so much, i like the beginning of school. not so much the work days, because i never seem to get a lot of work done. but i like school because of the kids. i like to challenge them and i want them to challenge me. i live for the moments when the light bulb comes on for them. i like to joke with them and i like to push them to think. i want them to examine their world and i want them to find out something about it and themselves. i want them to learn.
and that's why i do it. that's why many teachers do it. i could complain about the salary, i could complain about the district, i could complain about the state. but the bottom line is that i work with a lot of people who care. and because they care, and because i care, we push everyday for kids to become better people. and while i know that i don't reach them all, i hope i reach enough of them. 22 years ago i thought that i was invincible and could change the world. today i'm out here still trying. so bring on another year. bring me your problems. bring me your heartaches. bring me those days when we wonder what the heck it is that we are doing. i'll take them all. i'm still out here trying to make the world a better place-one kid at a time.

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