Never Just a Teacher

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PRELUDE:
I used to say I'm “just a teacher.”
Not any more.

—- Just Teacher —

I'm not just a teacher
I have many roles
From sparking the mind
to discussing their goals.

I'm not just a teacher
I am so much more
Mama, wife, chauffer
a distance runner who is often sore!

I'm not just a teacher
I have to fix things too!
Computers, payroll taxes,
doorknobs, the heel of a shoe.

But Just…
ah what a word that can be
implying that things are fair!
Never this side of eternity.

Is it just that we grade until two
or are interrupted all day?
Is it fair that we often work
while others can play?

Is it just that we are often misunderstood
and that fallen
leave streaks upon the
crystal trophies of our noble calling?

Or is it just that
money seems to be squandered
and we're left to buy sticky tack with our pennies
as purchases around us aren't pondered?

But there's one thing
just one thing.
Well more than one thing.
Each human being.

If I can reach just one
to direct them upward
towards greatness,
though through torrential troubles they ford.

If just one of them
finds purpose or hope
or how to be happy
and broaden their scope.

I'm never just a teacher
any more than any one of these students could ever be
just a child.

I am more…
and through me
my students will be  too!

—-

POSTLUDE:
I stand here
in the chair of my desk
seeing every pencil hole in the ceiling tile
crumpled paper in hand
dry erase marker smudge on my right cheek
and hear my voice echo back off my smartboard

“I AM A TEACHER AND I AM NOBLE.
I DO NOT NEED TO BE TREATED AS NOBILITY OR PAID AS NOBILITY,
I AM NOBILITY BECAUSE OF MY PURPOSE
AND CLAIM THIS ROOM AS A CASTLE OF EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE.”

——-
Ok, do it…. I dare you.  And if you do — let me know. ;-) It will be our little secret.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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1 comment

ArborVitae 2.0 January 7, 2010 - 8:27 pm

I just luv your poetry! Thanks for sharing and inspiring teachers everywhere.

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