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Teaching Tip: Chill


It’s been a few Tuesdays since I posted a teaching tip.

Now that the holidays have come and gone, I guess it’s time to get back on my Tuesday track, at least for today.

Much has changed in my teaching world during the last few weeks. One of my interns decided teaching wasn’t the right path for her.

You know what? I think she’s brave to know it and do something about it.

Teaching is not for everyone. If it does not bring joy and a sense of accomplishment, it’s a good idea to reevaluate.

Meanwhile, there are children to be taught.

I have a new member in my reading intervention group. Here are a few comments from the last two days from his fourth grade mouth:

I don’t need no books.

I ain’t checkin’ that out.

Not readin’ this.

I ain’t usin’ no crayon. You got colored pencils?

Read? Out loud?

I’ve changed a lot during almost thirty years of teaching.
My reactions are fewer, but my actions are increased.

I found colored pencils.
I found a poem this child could read.

He drew. He read.
Tomorrow? We’ll see.
Today, we had success.

No one can predict what tomorrow will bring.

People come and go.
Children move.
Teachers leave.

Teachers stay.
Kids read.

Don’t get caught up in the drama. Do your part. Watch. Listen. Help. Chill.

It will all work out.


Author: agnestirrito

I write. Make art. And in between, I do the best I can. ✌🏼️

2 thoughts on “Teaching Tip: Chill

  1. Kudos on your patience. I’m as glad you answered your calling as the young lady who decided it wasn’t for her moved on.

  2. Awesome!!

    Tonya Dumdei Sent from iPhone

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