Thursday, November 13, 2008

for the love of...

It seems like a reasonable time to list all the great things about my job (translation: I am having more frequent fantasies of booting various teenagers in the ass and/or heading straight to a bar at 2:01 tomorrow).
  1. Students who ask frequently if they can please be in my classes
  2. Students who request book suggestions, don't grimace about every title I point out, and actually check out the books I recommend
  3. Students who are following The Catcher in the Rye enough to provide insightful comments (example: "I think Holden picks other people apart because he's really lonely and doesn't like himself." Wha?? Who are you and what have you done with my sophomore?)
  4. Students who are writing nose-to-comp-book for 10 entire minutes during prompt time, without complaint
  5. Lunch with only grown-ups
  6. My classroom heater still works most of the time
  7. My radiant space heater still works all of the time
  8. No active leaks around my windows
  9. The new 14-pack of dry erase markers in assorted colors (though I do deliberate a tad long each time I want to write something)
  10. Students who pop into my room to say "hi" after school while waiting for parents to pick them up
  11. Students who offer music recommendations (without first remarking on my awful, old-person taste)
  12. Students who sincerely compliment my shoes, sweaters, and watches
  13. Smiling faces, especially from the ones who I know would much rather be skateboarding or drawing or smoking at any given moment
  14. Weekends are far more meaningful


Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

You've got to take satisfaction where you can get it!

Shana said...

Look at you with your glass half full. Too bad that's not vodka.

Anonymous said...

you're totally right - you cant let yourself be overwhelmed by the shit stuff. you have to remember the cool stuff.

Anyway, I tagged you in 'The Real Mom Meme' - it's not your typical mommy meme, go check it out!

A New England Life said...

Aha! You're a High School teacher! Lucky you. hee hee

I have a Sophomore also, and she recently failed her test on Catcher in the Rye. Huck Finn too. She would not be your ideal student. But she's a good kid and appreciates a good teacher with a sense of humor. Which apparently you must be if the students like you : )

Cheri @ Blog This Mom!® said...

That list? That list of yours? Show what an awesome and gifted teacher you are.

Biscuit said...

L-O-V-E it! Awesome list. It sounds like you are appreciated (and listened to) far more than you even realize. Goes back to that whole drop a pebble in a pond thing... : )

Mrs. G. said...

All good things for sure.

Lisa Wheeler Milton said...

You deserve your weekends more than most.

They are so lucky, you know.

Anonymous said...

Can I add to the list?
Yeah, I will anyhow -
A smile from the student you haven't seen crack one in 2 months.
The principal agrees that you should spend more time with students and less time in meetings.
Students who seek you out in the hallways - to talk about real stuff.
The ungrateful little cur who says "Thank You" for the first time in his life.
Students who ask you for advice about boyfriends even when they know you have just gone through a painful separation.
When Mr Ugly-and-Mad apologizes for his temper tantrum.
When you connect with that one student who has resisted any such attempts from oodles of other teachers.
That perfect essay you got from a student who hadn't written a single line during the first 2 months of classes.
The printer in your office works.
The feeling of seeing them at graduation.


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