I think in every profession and job people count down days
until a project is over or they start their personal vacation. With us
it all hits at the same time, so it looks different. Also I'm exhausted
in part because several of my kids GT 5th graders informed me they would
do no more work after April 18th TAAS was over so school was over. The
fact that they could fail this six weeks and still pass does not help
(most have straight A's).
"At times you may end up far away from home. You may not be sure of
where you belong anymore. Home is always there. It's wherever your
passion takes you" Sheridan to David Babylon 5 "Objects at Rest"
From: Bicyclken@aol.com [mailto:Bicyclken@aol.com]
Sent: Friday, May 10, 2002 9:03 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: How many more days/weeks?
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 hassle.
Ken Schwab ---