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Re: How many more days/weeks?


Date: Fri May 10 2002 - 20:02:33 PDT

I know this will sound weird but we seem to look like people who don't like
our profession. This reoccurring theme of I can't wait until it's over and I
have only "X" days until the pain is gone is disturbing. I thought this list
was full of dedicated teachers who liked teaching art and started the year
with neat ideas and cool solutions to last years problems. If we dwell on
the complexity of our job, and I'm no different then all of you, and the
hardships we go through, how are we going to dismiss the kid who comes up to
you at the end of the year and says, " Yours was the best class I ever had
and I learned so much, you are my favorite teacher and I will never forget
you." This is why we teach go through pain, and go through hardship because
we make a difference and we make it when we don't even know it.

I get letters from students who have graduated (20-30 years) years ago and
tell me what I said and did that changed their life. Don't just wait,
longingly for the coming of the end of the year but do your thing and be glad
that there are kids who care and love you and may not tell you until they are
30+ and then you know that this was the best time of your life. You will have
the endless summer knowing that you did a good job and it was worth the

Ken Schwab