Why We Do It (Teach, That Is)


Today was...Monday... and like many teachers (and students) out there, I hit snooze more than once. I rolled into work with an extra-large, extra-strong cup of coffee. I didn't have my glasses--I broke them on Friday, so I was kind of disoriented. Fortunately for others on the road, I'm far-sighted.

I had a mile-long to-do list for my planning block, but when I sat down at my computer, my Outlook calendar reminded me (very rudely, I might add) that this was the day two particularly tedious administrative tasks were due, and it's me, so I hadn't begun either yet.

Right away, I realized I would be taking home copious amounts of work, and I had to get my son to wrestling practice in the evening. And I thought I was caught-up on Friday....When will I learn?

Oh--and the heater busted in one of the older buildings at my school, so another class met in my room on my planning, making my computer unavailable to me. The highlight of that? It was my best work friend's class, so I had actual adult conversation this morning (a huge plus to all teachers out there). The down-side? I got oh so little done.

Then my phone rang, and it was the nurse from my son's school. Fever, wheezing, poor kid, but all I could think was, "I don't have time to prep for a sub." Husband to the rescue! He picked the kid up and got him to the doctor. Oh, my, but that kid is sick!

And my students today--I've rarely seen such lethargy interspersed with bouts of uncontrollable gregariousness. They went from zero to 500 and back to zero again several times over the course of each block. And what did we learn? Please don't ask them (or me, for that matter). We were supposed to use the IPADS for a QR search activity, and guess what? If you teach, you probably can....The WIFI was out!

Today was a classic Monday. A classic off-day, and I'm glad it's over.

I could do something else. I loved being a barista, and I had benefits and zero stress. I never took work home. (Of course, I didn't get the summers off :)).

So why do we do it?

Well, I needed a reminder today, and I got one. A former student of mine, who was in the class that usurped my planning block, left me messages on the mini whiteboards that I keep at all the tables.

We all sometimes need a reminder of why we teach. Although I had a totally off Monday, I had a former student leave me fun drawings and messages on whiteboards in my classroom saying how much he enjoyed my class. This is why we teach: the students!

We all sometimes need a reminder of why we teach. Although I had a totally off Monday, I had a former student leave me fun drawings and messages on whiteboards in my classroom saying how much he enjoyed my class. This is why we teach: the students!

We all sometimes need a reminder of why we teach. Although I had a totally off Monday, I had a former student leave me fun drawings and messages on whiteboards in my classroom saying how much he enjoyed my class. This is why we teach: the students!

Thanks, Former Student! I didn't think I looked like Velma from Scooby Doo, but I'll take it!

This is why we teach--the students! Oh, yeah! I really needed that reminder today....

Below find two tools to make your teaching-life (and hopefully your Mondays) easier:

Stuck with busy work and no time to plan? Here's an easy vocabulary go-to from me:

Vocabulary Activities for Any Subject
Get it Here!

And here's a fantastic freebie just in time for Valentine's Day from Tools for Teachers by Laura J:

Valentine Fraction Fun
Get it Here!

Enjoy the rest of your week, be productive, and take it easy when you can!

See you next Monday--hopefully it's a better one!

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