Tuesday, September 8, 2009


"I gave them my speech about how mean I was and how I've taught football players and cowboys and dinosaurs and Martians, so a few fifth graders aren't too challenging, but I need the money, so I'd give it a shot."

Mad love today to all my Chicago Public School friends and everyone who started with the children today! So, how did you introduce yourself when you first met the children whom it was your destiny to teach? How did it go? You can introduce yourself here, too, I'm so excited to meet all my buddies in cyberspace (and don't forget, your comments are entries in the How to Get Your Child To Love Reading giveaway). Did you get your apple yet? If not, please take one from this bushel...you deserve it. And if it all didn't go as perfectly as planned, don't worry, you're not alone. Check out the outstanding post at Yeah, That'll Teach You a Lesson: Ten Rookie Mistakes of a First Year Teacher.


Missy said...

Wow. After a particularly frustrating day student teaching, I am yet again reminded of why I am where I am. I cannot even express how liberating it is rediscover the passion of teaching after a long day. I absolutely love everything that Educating Esme encompasses, particularly the passion. Esme is that somebody that embodies not only some but many characteristic that I dream to emulate.

PS. I can't WAIT to use my time machine next year.

Anonymous said...

I started Year 21 this year at the same school where I have spent my career. Teaching is my second career and one that has been hard but worthwhile. This will be my last year at this very hard inner city high school. I can see the writing on the wall and because i don't teach a core subject, nor an A-G subject, my classes will not have students before long. It is time to do something else which makes me excited to think about.

As I started this year, I told my students that they would be my last students and how pleased I was to have them with me to help me finish this career and watch as I get ready for the next big adventure, just like many of them will be doing since I teach mainly seniors.