In Others’ Words: Teachers
I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework. ~Lily Tomlin as “Edith Ann” (1939), actress
I registered my caboose kiddo for school this week. We bought school supplies weeks ago. Today she went with her BFF and got locker supplies. Middle school, here they come!
Funny, I never bought locker supplies when I was in school. We just had a locker. Period. The only thing I ever put in my locker was my books … and my coat … and my lunch. Nowadays you can decorate your locker with all things magnetic: fancy paper, mirrors, message boards. There are hanging fabric shelves and metal shelves and who knows what else. A mom can bust her school buying budget on her kid’s locker.
But I digress — badly.
This post is about teachers because, while buying all the neat-o supplies is fun, the teachers are the greater influence in my daughter’s life. I’ve given these other adults permission to spend time with my daughter — to teach her — to affect who she is.
The teachers I appreciate the most? The ones who step out from behind the books and the tests and the memorize-this-don’t-forget-that-make-sure-you-meet-the-deadline rigmarole and develop a relationship with their students. The ones who go past reading, writing and ‘rithmetic and challenge you to think about more.
In Your Words: What teacher gave you something to think about besides homework? What was it?
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