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The Reality of a Teacher’s Life: One List


Sometimes I just make a list about a day. Who knows why…

Last 24 hours:

two iPads stolen from kindergarten teacher’s desk during dismissal

$51.05 brought to school by second grader as bribe money to stay out of trouble with teacher

Colleague had to wake a woman at stoplight on way to work…the lady was asleep at an intersection. At the wheel.

I mistakenly congratulated a student on her expectant mother. Her mother is remarrying, not delivering. Sigh.

Two fourth graders (not mine this time)
assigned to alternative setting for blatant disrespect.

State assessment scores came in from last spring’s testing…parents need to call their state legislators. Enough said.

Practice tests for tomorrow’s benchmark assessments delivered out of format.

Parent obnoxious to administrator who was insisting on child’s safety.

Different parent was obnoxious to different administrator because her child doesn’t know how to behave.

New teacher wants to know why kids aren’t on grade level.

A day in a life…really, only a few hours of a life. These are just the highlights.

Or lowlights, as the case may be.


Tomorrow is on the horizon.

We must laugh when we can, and we must change what we can.

And dig our heels in deeper. We are needed here.


Author: agnestirrito

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

4 thoughts on “The Reality of a Teacher’s Life: One List

  1. Love it! What a great idea…

    Tonya Dumdei Sent from iPhone

  2. Ugh. I hope that day is not typical.

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