Friday, March 18, 2011

School Without Noise

Today was a grading day at school, which means there were no kids in the building. The silence of a school without kids is strange. It's a nice break from the audio assault that is public education, but it's the kind of silence that could get to a person after a while, a Shining kind of silence.

Needles to say, I find it hard to stay in my classroom very long on these days. I spend a lot of time visiting with other teachers. Just in case this sounds unprofessional, I'd like to assure the tax-paying citizens of Arizona that our conversations are always focused on the academic achievement of our students. There is no way I would ever use school time to talk about the awesome seats I had for the Badgers game yesterday. Nor would I waste valuable time listening to colleagues talk about the U of A's chances against Memphis and a possible matchup with Texas on Sunday. We teachers are all business, all the time. By the way, my seats for the Badger game yesterday were amazing, Arizona/Memphis was a great game, and I like the Badgers and the Wildcats to advance to the Sweet 16 this weekend. Just sayin.

Blogger extraordinaire, Munk Davis, sent me this cool video clip about teachers. It's brilliant-give it a look. Thanks Munk.

11 comments:

  1. That is a fine speech indeed.

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  2. Holy crap I love this guy.

    Thanks for posting. :-)

    Pearl

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  3. Well said. I have always been curious and maybe you can put this baby to rest, where did the phrase "Those that can, do, those that can't teach?" come from? Always has bugged me as many of my friends are teachers.

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  4. It is hard to avoid his point.

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  5. I actually watched the game today. Arizona looked great. I look forward to their game on Sunday with Texas.

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  6. we saw some Talyor Mali vids during my teaching course. he kept some people going, actually.

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  7. This is a very interesting video. Thank you for sharing.
    "We teachers are all business all the time" - I wish it were the motto of my teachers when I was a student.

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  8. He makes a great and inspiring point. I was an education minor at an Ivy League school. I remember other students actually saying to those of us on the ed track, "Why would you want to be a teacher? It's just wasting an Ivy League education." Unbelievable.

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  9. Loved that video. By the way, I never doubted that teachers were all business all the time. Just ask my kids, they would be shocked to find out that any of their teachers even live outside of school. I believe most kids think their teachers turn off like robots on Friday afternoon and turn back on Monday morning.

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  10. wow, what a speech.

    thanks for your blog comment and follow. Congrats on the Packers' Super Bowl title. I'm a Jets fan. We'll see you guys next year in the Super Bowl.

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