A Celebration of Teaching 13/31 #SOL16

The March Slice of Life Story Challenge
31 Days of Writing!
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“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”

-Henry Adams

A Celebration of Teaching

My dear friend and colleague, Linda, is retiring this year.  Linda has been teaching for over 25 years – teaching kindergarten, first, and second grades.  Linda is one of those teachers that will be at the top of her students’ favorite teacher list forever.  The love and compassion for her students and their families, her work ethic and her desire to be the best teacher she can be, her commitment to the teaching profession, her dedication to her school and school community, her patience and high expectation for student learning, and her passion for literacy and books (she has thousands!) are qualities that all teachers should strive for.

Linda has affected the lives of many – her influence will go on and on.  She has instilled the love of reading and books in her students and has inspired them to love learning. Linda, you have always been the brightest John Jay Star in the sky, shining the way for us all!

“Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning.”

-John Robert Meehan

Wearing Hats #SOL15

Slice of Life
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B (our junior in high school) shared with us tonight that she might not want to study engineering when she goes to college. She’s more interested in studying English and creative writing – maybe be an editor and hopefully have some of her own writing published.  She was worried about telling us, about disappointing us.

Her words were:  “I don’t like science or math. Engineering isn’t ideal for me. Don’t worry, I still might end up in engineering because I know how beneficial it would be to have a high-paying job.”

What?  Does it have to be about a high-paying job?   What about dreams?  What about passion and purpose?  What about loving what you do?

Of course we told her that she could study anything, do anything, be anything she wanted to be. We talked about the importance of finding your passion. We talked about finding your purpose. We talked about dreams.   We talked about loving what you do. We talked about hard work- no matter what.

What worries me is that B is still young.  She thinks that she has to decide now, at 17, what she wants to do with the rest of her life.  She has so much more to do, to see, to learn.

Why are we all in such a hurry?  I realize that some kids know what they want from the start. They never waiver.  But, what about the kids that don’t?  Recently, we’ve begun to talk about time woven into the school day to explore, to experience, to try on hats. Genius hour.  Passion projects. Did my own kids miss out on this?

Today, B is wearing the hat of a writer.  B is a beautiful writer. Writing comes easy to her (unlike her mom).  She has grown up as an avid reader, so it’s no wonder that she is a gifted writer. She loves to write!  She wants to publish her writing!  For now…it looks like B has found her passion. Hopefully, this will lead her to her purpose. (And an okay paying job? – asks her dad.)

Paul and I are wearing the hats of proud parents!


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