Monday, October 4, 2010

It Doesn't Take Much

Teaching is often a thankless profession.  Like most of my colleagues, I'm certainly not in it for the money.  I keep plugging along, waiting for the little moments of grace, the moments that make it all worthwhile.  I had one last week, and its effect still lingers.  One of my students asked if she could decorate my classroom for Halloween. I said should sure, why not.

To be honest, the next morning I had completely forgotten about the offer.  Kids say they're going to do things all the time and then flake out.  I was pleasantly surprised when my student showed up, shopping bag of supplies in tow.  She put a cotton cobweb full of spiders around my doorframe, and together we found the perfect place to hang the mini-skeleton she had brought.

It doesn't sound like much, but it made my day.  Hell, it made my month.  There is a lot of negativity in the teaching profession, and don't get me wrong, I can be as jaded as the next guy.  But I'll tell ya, all it takes is one kid to care.  The decorations aren't much, but my room has never looked better.    


  1. Very cool, you need to take a picture and post it. By any chance did you get to see the Oregon State game? We were there, what a game!!

  2. Those are the moments that make it worthwhile. Yeah. Boy do I get that....

  3. Some times it IS the little things. :)

    And always know that there are parents out here, like me, that SO appreciate teachers!

  4. Ha - I do always like to keep up with your blog. I was in teaching for the money; which is why I lasted 2 months. well I guess I wasn't really. Not sure why I was in it, actually.

  5. Hi Tim,

    Read this & chuckled about the comments on negativity & the positivity created by just one student doinf something wonderfully unexpected.

    Steve Horgan