You know what I was thinking about this week? Those little magical teaching moments. Sometimes they are so small and seemingly insignificant that they almost pass you by. Those moments that (if you are sappy enough like me…) can maybe even bring a little tear to your eye. These are the moments that get us through. They get us through the dirty diapers, the shin kicks, the scratches, and the tantrums. They get us through the 4 hour IEP meetings, the endless stack of paperwork, and the never ending runny noses. Those little moments remind us why went into teaching and why choose to work with this population. To almost anyone else – these moments we cherish might seem like nothing – but to us – they are absolutely everything.
On my hardest and most exhausting day, I sometimes force myself to think back to these moments. Before I drown my sorrows and frustrations into a bowl of chocolate ice cream and a glass of red wine (healthy, I know…), I try this quick pick me up. I remind myself of these small slivers of perfection within my job. Another one could be just around the corner.
Like I said, I often feel like almost nobody else understands these moments. I remember my first year teaching racing home to tell my roommate that one of my students had finally, finally mastered the color orange. After weeks of hard work. I was so freaken proud of myself and him. Her response – “oh he didn’t know his colors?” Ugh.
Since we are all in the same boat – I would LOVE to hear some of your great teaching moments. I literally squeal in excitement at some of your awesome emails – so let’s share the love. We are all in that mid spring stalemate and I think it could revive us all a bit 🙂
So please – indulge my corniness and overly sentimental ways and share one of your little magical teaching moments! 🙂