(125) Ode to All the Teachers I Know

I received this via Facebook today -- our great grandson Braydon giving me an apple for Teacher Appreciation week.
I received this via Facebook today — our great grandson Braydon giving me an apple for Teacher Appreciation week.

This is praise for all the teachers I know

the ones who have been by my side through good times and bad

the ones who support me no matter what crazy idea I have

the ones who are Teacher of the Year and the ones who should be

the ones who have lost their job through budget cuts

the ones who are overworked and underpaid and certainly

rarely appreciated.

Here is to the great ladies and gentlemen who stay up late on Sunday

planning the perfect lesson for Monday

the ones who come in early on testing day

to have everything set up so the students don’t need to stress.

Praise to the teachers who won’t let students be lazy

or give up on themselves

who are constantly extending each of them one last chance

who will take what they are given and make it better.

Praise to the teachers who know that the “data” doesn’t define them

the turning points in the classroom, the look in a child’s eye

is a much greater assessment than anything else.

Praise to the teachers who remember this is an art

not a science

that the brain is a marvelous thing

each working in its own way.

We will never be able to truly draw the parameters of what a teacher is.

What a teacher does.

It is too vast and borderless, wondrous and infinite.

God love the teachers, even when no one else does.

When we become scapegoats for all the ills of society.

No matter the day, the political climate, the situation at hand

We will unlock our classroom doors

Set up the boards

Welcome our students.

And teach.

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