For all my ranting about school suckage earlier in the week, I must now expound on how much I do love teachers. An excellent teacher can change the course of your whole life. Someone who sees your value and finds ways of cultivating your gifts~ that’s priceless. And when it comes to trusting other people to have significant input in my daughter and son’s life, well, it’s a HUGE deal.
I’ve considered the home schooling thing many times, especially when we used to travel more with music stuff…but I always come back around to the fact that I really don’t think I would be a good teacher. My husband, on the other hand, he is a teacher at heart. Everything he says with the kids is a teaching moment. So if we ever get that tour bus I’ve been coveting, maybe he’ll be the one who takes over home schooling responsibilities. You can imagine if I get aggravated shopping for school supplies, how I’d feel trying to teach Math on a daily basis. The thought makes my stomach twist, turn and drop just a wee bit.
So I’m thankful for teachers and their ability to:
*Still have sing-songy voices the whole livelong day…not just with my children, but all the other
more rotten munchkins too.
*See through what I think is good or bad and determine what still needs work and what is stellar.
*Cover ALL the subjects thoroughly, not just the one I might be able to cover.
*Remember details about my child after the dozens and dozens that file in and out of their classes all day long. (middle school)
*Make learning fun and exciting~ this is especially fun to see if the teacher starts out the year “scary” and ends up being their favorite teacher because of how they can make the subject come alive.
*Put up with all the smells.
*Tolerate the rotten attitudes and naughtiness…
*Excuse the daydreaming~ this is one I have to be particularly grateful about~ I seem to be raising some heavyduty daydreamers.
*Challenge the shortcomings of kids day after day without bang their head against the wall…at least not in the presence of my kids.
And SO MUCH MORE…
I don’t take the job of a teacher lightly. I recognize it is not my gift and I am so grateful for every teacher (at school or otherwise) who has taken the time to nurture my children. Now, if you could just cut back on homework, I will kiss your feet and write you a song. XO