Monday, September 1, 2008

Teachers and teaching

I do not, nor will I ever, look anything like the teacher above. First off, I don't know anyone in my building that even uses their chalk board anymore. It's all about the white boards or the SMART boards. Secondly, I am no longer able to wear shoes that have heels. In fact, I hate wearing shoes at all. Thirdly, I am not skinny and if I turned sideways like that I would be a short, squat version of some weird creature that looked like a female Michelin tire woman who swallowed a watermelon whole and was on the cusp of giving birth. (No, I'm not preggers; I'm just really really fat!)
Below is a comment I just posted on another teacher's blog who also happens to have MS. She was posting about why she teaches.
"There are many reasons why we (teachers) teach but the most important one is one you touched on today in your blog post; we care and we are willing to show that caring to our students."

"People who don't teach may not ever understand how difficult it can be for us to reach out and give of ourselves day after day, with rarely any positive comments or reflections from people around us coming our way."

"We teach because there is something inside us, some spark that begs to be lit and carried forth in the hopes that someone, even just one child, will light his or her torch from ours."
That my dear readers is the message I will keep in my mind as I sit painfully through some lectures in the HS auditorium tomorrow morning and then later as I limp back in to my own building and prepare my room for the "big show" on Wednesday.
That saying about, "Those who can, do and those who can't, teach." is a bunch of bologna. I can and I teach and I do all that in spite of the MS.



Hey Weebs,

Here's the comment I left on Nadja's blog also -

You hit the nail on the head.

Sometimes it is so very difficult to continuously reach out and within each child to find that spark which can grow and spread.

The moment a student takes that first wobbly step and tests his footing and balance is an exciting one. And it's a gift to be witness to those first awkward steps.

Congratulations on helping those young minds to learn how to walk on their own.

Also I thought I'd let you know that I've been writing at Health Central. There is a budding community growing which is kinda nice.

I'm in no way gonna abandon the Carnival of MS Bloggers (for which you really should consider submitting something.) But I do invite you to come check it out sometime.


Weeble Girl said...

Thanks Lisa, I will stop by the Health Central locale later on today to check it out.