I once made a student cry.
Of course, I had all the excuses in the book: I was tired, she hadn’t worked hard enough on the assignment, she seemed only concerned about the grade.
But really, none of that mattered.
While I lined up groups of students in the back of the room to get their feedback on an essay, I told the others to begin reading the next assignment. Mary inched up to me, sure I would hand back her paper with glowing remarks.
“This is terrible,” I said, handing the paper to her.
Her eyes reddened. Standing there for a moment, she seemed unsure how to respond. Suddenly, the tears trickled, and she moved away quickly, returning to her seat.
To this day, I’m not sure why those words fell out of my mouth.
I know teaching is all about relationships. I know we must show authentic care and concern to create opportunities for students to learn. I know people respond better to kindness than hostility or fear.
Yet, that day I made a student cry. The words we use matter.
When I was in ninth grade, a science teacher stood in the front of my classroom holding a test.
“This person will be president one day,” he said sardonically, reading my answer to the question: What is life?
I remember being confused, but realized he was criticizing me. His words rolled around in my brain for years. The words we use matter.
Susan Carter Morgan
In honor of today being the first day of school.
Blast from the past! I posted this waaay back in the day.
In the reblogs, the link to the downloadable PDF poster I included (that doesn’t have the spellcheck redlines in the bit.ly link in the bottom right corner) got lost. It’s right here for those of you who are interested: http://bit.ly/kqVPMW (don’t let the grainy browser preview mislead you when you click through; it looks just fine once you download it).
PS: It was inspired by this post.
Lol…a teachers worst nightmare….dirty hands!!!!
Vicki Davis, Cool Cat Teacher (via coolcatteacher)
My students call it “The Golden Corral.” #teacher
Every teacher’s thought….
That’s nice to see on the whiteboard at the end of the day. #teacher
Text features….#teacher #grading
My current icon is also the one I originally used for several years on this tumblr. Markct made the one I had up before I switched back.
This one I found when I was in college doing a google image search. It embodied my idea of a what a life well-led would look like in an older age. The woman…
Outstanding answer. I love this!!! I have loved tumblr for many of the same reasons. I have not done too many school type blogs or writing or even reblogging in quite sometime because of my personal life. However, things are becoming better…and I’m ready to get my happy teacher self back on tumblr.