Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Life as a high school teacher
One of the best things about my job is definitely all of the wonderful kids that I get to know throughout the years. When I tell people that I teach high school, I usually get one of 2 responses from non-high-school-teachers. The first: Wow, I could never be a teacher. The second: Wow, I could never be a high school teacher. I don't think that I could teach any other grade level. I mean, sure, there are challenges that come with older children, but the positives far outweigh the negatives. I love that I can talk about music with them. I love that I can talk about politics with them. I love that I can talk about health and fitness with them. I love that I can talk about goals and dreams and love and commitment with them. I love that I can talk about life with them.
And certainly one of the best things about being a high school teacher is getting to be a high school advisor. More specifically, a Student Council Advisor. Our council does so much volunteer work within our school and within our community. Whether it is the food pantry, the senior center or a needy family in town, these kids give of themselves and ask for very little in return. They truly serve their community.
This weekend was their annual Lock-in, although it became more of a lock-out. They had workshops and games throughout the day and then a carnival outside in the evening. There were games, food, a dunk-tank and a palm reader and they made a backdrop and Damien came with Max and took pictures for them. Max and I were sure to get our picture taken and last year's STUCO President stopped in for a visit and we had a few pics taken together. They all had a wonderful time. I worked from 8am until 11pm. I had breakfast, lunch and dinner with these kids.
These pictures are the reason that I am a high school teacher. It's these events and these memories and these children. And even though I have to leave Max every day, it's because I know that one day he is going to need a high school teacher who will give up a Sunday to play and laugh and put on ridiculous glasses and have their picture taken with him.