Saturday, March 25, 2017

Why I am a Teacher


I teach students
I care about the whole student
I want to know what your story is today

I teach readers
I want to know what book you're reading,
and what you think about it and how you found it
I don't care what your lexile number is

I teach writers
I want to hear your story
I want you to be messy and creative
and I want you to take risks
I don't care if you get all of your
commas in the right place

This is why I am a teacher
It's not because of a five paragraph essay
It's not because I care what level you are
I don't teach numbers
I teach students!

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16 comments:

  1. "I want to know your story" is the perfect tagline for teachers everywhere. (I hope)
    Kevin

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  2. What a heart-felt message! Your students must blossom so much with you.

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  3. I want to know your whole story 💕

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  4. This is why I read your blog...love it!

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  5. Your readers and writers are blessed to have such a caring teacher!

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  6. This is teaching...this is the heart of it that all the rule-makers and budgeters (I know, not a word, but you know what I mean) need to understand

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  7. The last photo is the perfect ending!! You are the teacher I would want my kids to have. Your students are so lucky!

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  8. You said it in each stanza to your students....I care about you...I am sure they knowthat each and every one. I too am inspired by you.

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  9. Totally agree... that's why I teach teachers... to get them connected to themselves and their kids through
    writing
    Bonnie

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  10. Great poem. I love the part about not teaching numbers; this is so important as the push for data becomes stronger and stronger. Thanks for sharing!

    PS- Did you use an app to create the first two images? I'm not supposed to have pics of student faces and love the idea of having a cartoon or watercolor images to add to our classroom blog!

    - Amanda at https://teachingwanderlust.com/

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  11. Really inspiring and heartfelt! Thanks for sharing all of this.

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  12. I saw that "26th" link too! Love that you've put this into words, just right to imagine the ins and outs of each line, full of passion, right?

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  13. This is such a great reminder for each of us.

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  14. Love this post Michelle! Yes, who cares about 5 paragraph essays and commas...it's those amazing little humans that matter most. Amazing yet simple reminder for all of us.

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  15. Love this post Michelle! Yes, who cares about 5 paragraph essays and commas...it's those amazing little humans that matter most. Amazing yet simple reminder for all of us.

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