Originally published 18 January 2012
As a teacher, have you ever had a bad day? It seems a bit silly to ask that question, since it happens to all of us–when you have a hard time making transitions between activities, when you stumble over your words, or when your class is just out of control.
I’ve been having a lot of those lately. This year has been much harder than any other, as far as managing students who are very demanding (we’ll leave it at that). Yes, it’s one of those years. I hope I’m not coming across as complaining! Rather, I think I have learned a lot this year, and will continue to learn more as I struggle to make this a positive and effective year of learning for my students. I value the learning I have had to do–I definitely think that it’s made me a better teacher.
Yesterday, when I finally collapsed behind my desk at the end of the day, all of the frustration surfaced, and the following resulted. Not meant seriously, of course.
This Is Just to Say (s/o to William Carlos Williams)
by Mrs. Sorensen
I have graded
all of your
for this class
it’s your work