Thursday, September 08, 2005


What's great about this job are those warm and fuzzy moments that the students give you. Those moments when they show all the wonderful things that they are capable of doing.

For example, a student of mine came up to me yesterday during fifth period and asked, "Can you go over what exactly we will be covering for the next few days?"

"Why do you ask?" I inquired.

She responded, "Well, I'm going to be busy with band and because the football game is on Thursday and not Friday I'll be swamped here at the end of the week. So, I thought I'd try to get ahead in order not to fall behind."

Insert Angelic Choir Here.

I guarantee you that 99 out of 100 times that situation would go differently. The child would come in Friday, two minutes before the bell, telling me that they didn't study for their quiz because of the game the night before. Then they would half-heartedly plead to take the quiz on Monday. I'd then tell them that they could not because it is their responsibility to keep up with the work. All of this would end with them skulking off and mumbling, "That's gay."

Ah, God bless that 100th time.

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