At our school we have a character word of the month. This month it is perserverance. It is amazing how a word can get you to thinking. I am a ponderer.
There are a lot of things worth perservering for...there are a lot of things I have perservered for.
Sometimes I sell myself short...I get distracted from the moment and let emotion take over, but after the whirlwinds are done blowing I find myself still standing...you know perservering.
It has been that way at work, maybe just the weather, but the whirlwinds are dying down and I remember why I want to be a teacher...
1. the lightbulb affect-when the student finally gets something that you have been working on...I had a girl bring me the book she was reading and show me a vocabulary word that we had just learned...look Mrs. Crawford I know what this one means with a huge smile.
2. to make a difference-we found about about a child abuse situation today, sometimes we are the only stable people in our student's life.
3. to share my love of learning - we learned about personificiation this week (giving non-human things human characteristics) We acted out things we say, such as the smoked "creeped" around the corner. The kids were giggling and raising their hands to act out the one they thought of.
These are the moments that make the bad days melt away. It is amazing how much I learn from 12-year olds each week. A lot of them have to perservere through so much more than I do on a daily basis.
I love teaching, even if I mention my bad days, the good ones always out weigh the bad.