When reviewing tone vs mood today, I made a grave mistake…being single at 28 in the rural south:
Me: if my friend got engaged how does she feel?
Various students: “excited” “loved” “overwhelmed”
Me: okay, that’s tone. Now, if she is telling me she got engaged, how do I feel?
Various students: “sad” “depressed” “jealous” “alone”
Teacher lesson learned: never use this example EVER agin
Saw this and had to post it forward:
“To parents who aren’t educators, this may be hard to understand. Five days a week, we teach your kids. Joke with your kids. Console your kids. Praise your kids. Question your kids. Beat our heads up against a wall about your kids. Gush over your kids. Laugh with your kids. Worry about your kids. Keep an eye on your kids.
Learn about your kids. Invest in your kids. Protect your kids. Love your kids.
We would all take a bullet for your kids. It’s nowhere in our job description. It isn’t covered in the employee handbook. It isn’t cited on our contracts. But we would all do it. So, yes—please hug your kids tonight—really, really tight. But on Monday, if you see your kids’ teacher, hug them too.”
In case you cannot tell, I am quite excited.
I literally was dancing through the halls.
Best National Teacher Appreciation Day gift EVER.
Today in class, a student asked if we were going to do anything.
I said, “Of course”
Another student said “We ALWAYS have something to ALWAYS do in here.”
My reply: “Yes. It’s because I love you all.”
“What? How does making us do work show you love us?”
“Well, it shows that I want to do something with you all everyday, always. I want to teach you. I want you to learn and grow. It’s because I love you that I make you always work on something. You should feel grateful that I care so much to always want to do something as your teacher with you.”
“Yea. I guess I can see that”
I look around and I see a few of them smiling really big.
And I didn’t get one complaint as we worked on English work until the bell.
Maybe it’s because they are starting to love me back?
Maybe not. But that moment was a success.