Wednesday, January 14, 2009

IF YOU TEACH, CHECK YOUR SELF ESTEEM AT THE DOOR


My morning started out much the same as any other work day--coffee cup dripping, bag of school papers threatening to knock me down, and purse and lunch bag balancing me out on the other side to keep me from falling over--and that was just on the way to my car. But still, I was awake, alive, and happy to be going to do a job that I love.
As I gathered up the students from line before school, one of the little girls in the class I'm subbing in (long term) remarked that she liked my hair (I wore it down for a change), to which I responded a proud thank you! She then asked me if I fixed it that way on purpose, because "her hair looks kind of like mine when she first gets up in the morning and has, you know, bed head".

Strike one for the teacher.

During math class, we were learning to convert length measurements--feet to yards, inches to feet...you get the picture. A conversation ensued about the number of feet/yards in a mile, etc., and that lead to a comment by one little boy about how far they ran in cross country. As we converted miles into feet, I shared with them that I, too, used to run cross country and track in high school--back in the day of the dinosaur. To which my same little friend from this morning commented, "So were you skinny back then?"

Strike two for the teacher.

I'm now sitting at home, hair up in a clip, fat and happy after eating dinner.

Score one for the teacher.

25 comments:

Mary said...

So true, so true! I really enjoyed this one. You can imagine what my high school students come up with to rain blows on my self-image!

Amber said...

Hey!! Thanks for stopping by! Yes, I should have asked her for some better name ideas. She already has the corner on "The Puke" so that one's taken...duh.

I'm so glad you're a teacher! I LOVE teacher blogs! The things those kids say are freaking hilarious!

I'll add you to my reader and be back for sure!!

Brandy said...

BAHAHAHAHA kids are great.

Vodka Mom said...

oh jesus that was FUNNY. i LOVE teaching, and still love going to work in the morning. (20 years later...)

Please write down all the good stuff- you'll thank yourself later.....)

xoxox

The Blonde Duck said...

I love the expression fat and happy. You make me glad I never taught!

American in Norway said...

Hey popping by via sits...funny post! I would mark that little girl... ummm hummm, I would be watching her like a hawk!

{leah} said...

Oh to be a teacher and in control of molding little minds....

This made me laugh!! At least they will always tell you the truth....sometimes.

Zen Ventures said...

Kids these days has no respect! They should be taught flattery! lol!

Maricris
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Star Forbis said...

Thank you so much for visiting my Blog today & Laughing with me.
Come back anytime.

Tiffany said...

LOL! From the mouths of babes!

Jamie said...

Hahaha, the kiddos don't know how to keep their traps shut sometimes, hehe. I just had some girlfriends over tonight and my middle daughter asked one of them if she had a baby in her tummy and another, why she had a mustache." Uh, hello, hehe? I know she was totally playin' around but a little embarrassing as you can imagine!

Anyway, over from SITS, I'm having a giveaway if you are interested...check it out. Happy weekend to you!

PetalsYoga said...

Awesome! Kids know how to go straight for the jugular don't they?

Loved it!

Maki said...

I respect teachers soo much - my kids' future is in your hands (as well as us parents...) - Thanks so much!

And thank you very much for supporting my big day past Wednesday - I hope you enjoyed my post:)

Hope you're having a beautiful weekend and let's stay in touch!

I live...therefore I consume. said...

Bummer - I got tired of waiting for the new SITS post tonight...maybe they are pulling a fast one on our Midnight Club, lol!

MindyLew said...

LOL - Thanks for the laugh and thanks for going back!!! Our children need good teacher.

Bee and Rose said...

My hair looks like that every day! My daughter covered me in purple glitter lip gloss, glitter powder on my face, and painted my nails hooker red and said "Now, you look much nicer, Mommy." My husband walked in just then and said, "Did you put a pole in our bedroom?" I ain't no strippah, people!

Love, love, love your blog! I will stalk you repeatedly...I promise to take off the glitter..and the lucite heels...and be my bad hair self!

The Rambler said...

Visiting from SITS....GREAT story!

:)

mommytoalot said...

LOL..gotta love kids..
stopping by from SITS
to wish you a happy day

Bee and Rose said...

OMG!!! You and I are so connected! Did you say "scrapbook PAPER collecting" in your profile??????? I thought I was the only freak that did that!!! I love you!!!!

Where are you in AZ? I'm in Sahuarita down south of Tucson....
We gotta so do lunch! (and eat some Willy Wonka candy together...)

Rhea said...

Oy, vey. Kids!

Melissa said...

{dropping by via SITS}

OH MY!! Kids can be so brutally honest. Love this post.

Faith said...

That is so funny, they are brutally honest aren't they!

Tori said...

haha all in a days work. :-D

Beautiful blog! Stopping by from SITS :-D

Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama said...

Kinda like being a mom of boys- they are brutal on the self esteem too!

Michele said...

Love your writing! Yeah for teachers.