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A Teacher Learns Part II

In my last post, I wrote four of the twelve lines regarding a teacher’s classroom experience by Author Unknown titled, “I Didn’t Know”. Here are the next four lines, and tomorrow I’ll post the final four lines.

“I didn’t know that I would become such a scavenger, and that teaching materials would feel like pure gold in my hands…

I didn’t know that an administration and co-workers that support and help you could make such a difference…

I didn’t know that there would be children that I loved and cared for and stayed up late worrying about, who, one day, would simply not show up. And that I would never see them again…

I didn’t know that I can’t always dry little tears and mend broken hearts. I thought I could always make a difference…”

 

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A Teacher Learns

The author is unknown, but a teacher intern I observed last night gave me 12 comments titled “I Didn’t Know”. They resonated with me since I was a classroom teacher for more than twenty-five years. I’ll post four at a time.

I didn’t know that years of school and a college degree would be of little consolation when facing a room full of bright little eyes on the first day of school. I thought I was ready…

I didn’t know that five minutes can seem like five hours when there is idle time and an eight hour school day far too short for a well-planned day of teaching…

I didn’t know that teaching children was only a fraction of my job. No one tells you about the conferences and phone calls, faculty meetings and committees, paperwork and paperwork…

I didn’t know that it took so long to cut out letters, draw and color pictures, laminate-all for those bulletin boards that were always “just there”…

As the writer continues, the love comes through. Next time have a box of tissues handy.

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