…but, to be truthful, there are a few that truly keep me coming back each day.
<Before you keep reading, this post has nothing to do with education reform per se, but just had to get this out there>
Yesterday, had a young man miss my second period Algebra class because the Science Club went on a field trip to the UT Medical School in San Antonio. They got back just before the regular lunch period. But, as I dismissed my class, he came into my room with a big smile on his face wearing a shirt with a stethoscope as part of the design and ‘Future Doctor’ on the back. He pointed at the stethoscope and said ‘It’s a sign’.
He went on to tell me that his day isn’t the same if he has to miss my class, which is why he came by during lunch. So, we sat in my room and he told me about the trip (which included him being able to hold a preserved human heart in his hands). To have him take the time to come by and tell me about that meant more to me than I can say…and I told him so.
I have some difficult days, but with kids like him I know I’m making a difference. And I know I’m making a difference even with the tough cases. Had a very frank discussion a few days ago with a couple kids that have been hellions most of the year. Then, yesterday morning, those two kids showed up to my room 30 minutes before school started to get some tutoring and they both worked harder than I’ve ever seen work them during class. I hope that continues as well.
Teaching is the hardest thing I can imagine doing. But I can’t imagine doing anything else.