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Questioning yourself as an educator

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Wed, 17 Feb 1999 20:24:47 EST

Hi, Gang-
Today was one of those days that I really questioned myself as an educator.
Sometimes I really go overboard and today was no exception. I work in a
really tough area of Chicago and I know I have to be as tough as nails. I
worked long enough in this neighborhood to know that fact. Today I made a kid
cry. I told him he scribbled too much. You should nave seen his expression
on his face!! His eyes glazed over and he put his little head on the table and
sobbed away! ...And on the same day, I belittled a young black boy(from a
foster home) in the first grade who I said should be put back to
kindergarten!!! I can't believe I said that!! Twice in a row--TWO feet in
TWO mouths--that's ME!!!!
If that wasn't enough...a mother ran up to me in tears after school. I asked
her what was wrong , and she cried that her daughter did not arrive home from
school!! The principal was on the phone calling her little friends. The
mother was beside herself. It was truly scary. I stayed after for approx. an
hour, trying to help but they still didn't locate the little girl by the time
I left for home.
So here I am, sitting at my computer, questioning and doubting myself. I
thought I was doing o.k., but I am really not doing o.k. I can't get that
picture out of my head---
that little boy sobbing and burying his head on my art table with his lttle
masterpiece underneath him.
Bluestruth (Jill)

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