Thursday, April 30, 2009

Oooh, man...

It's been a while...nearly a school year.

I only have the energy for a bloggette tonight, but I figured I'd put the pinky toe in the blogosphere pool and try to get back into blogging.

It's been a long year, mainly because of master's classes and co-teaching issues involving a complete lack of respect and professionalism.

But I was given one of the best compliments I've ever received the other day...not necessarily because of what was said, but because of who said it.

I was in talking to a colleague during my prep. This is a man who has dedicated his life to teaching. He gives his students his home phone number on the first day of class, has them over to his house for dinner, and is the epitome of dedication to the profession. We don't always see eye-to-eye, as I am beginning my career, and he is towards the end; he teaches honors students, and I teach basic; he is rather old fashioned and conservative, and I am not...typically. Anyway, I began to walk out of his room, and he called me back in; I assumed it was for computer issues.

When I walked in, he became rather awkward and looked down at his desk. He finally said, "Mrs. Anonymous, I just wanted to let you know that I think you're a hell of a teacher. We may not always agree, but I think you're great at what you do." Even thinking about it brings tears to my eyes. To have this man, who is such an amazing teacher and whom all his students look up to, compliment me...it meant a lot.

p.s. Maybe this isn't a bloggette.

92 comments:

Ms. H said...

Oh my goodness!! I was THRILLED to see your post pop up in my reader!!

I'm sorry to hear it's been such a tough year for you....I'm even more glad you had the warm & fuzzy moment today -- it sounds like just what the doctor ordered!!

Don't be a stranger, ya hear?

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Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Hold on to that compliment. It's gold.

"Ms. Cornelius" said...

Hoo- RAY!!!!!

EVERYONE who has made it to mid-May should be so lucky. I am so glad you got that POTB.

Mrs. W said...

Hello! Found your blog while looking for other teacher blogs. I teach in a northwest school and started my own blog called Crassroom Management. Please check me out at http://crassroom.blogspot.com. If you don't mind, I'd love to link your blog.

Shayne said...

I so get your excitement over a 'veteran-good-guy' giving you kudos. One walks down the hall with their chin up just a little higher and reminded that...yes, I can do this thing. Thanks, Shayne

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Good for you thats awesome!

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Tracie said...

I just wanted to let you know that I stumbled across your blog yesterday and it was really great read for me. I am about to start my third year of college on my way to my degree in Secondary Math Education. It's really nice to read your stories being out teaching as a younger female teacher because I will be there myself in a couple years. Keep up the blog. And thanks. :)

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Mr. McNamar said...

Thanks, this reminds me that I need to tell a colleague that...even if I am not that veteran great teacher...she needs to hear it.

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Wow, what a high compliment! They are all too rare in our profession. Treasure that one! www.jesscaf.blogspot.com

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FGL said...

I am WITH you! I am just now finishing my Masters, teaching part-time, and am totally WITH you on the exhaustion and excitement and then trying to keep up in blog land!

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I ran across a similar blog today about a guy who was just pulled from the classroom to help out in administration. You might find it a bit cynical, but funny as well. www.nomorejeans.blogspot.com

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Teachinfourth said...

Sometimes the smallest of compliments can make the biggest of differences. I can remember when this happened to me a few years ago...I was thinking that what ItI'd been doing was going unnoticed and unheralded.

When somebody does notice, it can totally change your attitude!

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I'm looking for some feedback on a cartoon I wrote for students of all ages at
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This just-published teacher's journal shows a different look at what happens in the schoolhouse ... this time in the classroom of kids with learning disabilities and a teacher who loves his work. It's hilarious, heartwarming ... simply mesmerizing.

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That's lovely! Lovely!
My latest doesn't quite compare, but another teacher reported to me one of my English kids said, "Oh Josie, she's cool!"
Not that she actually used 'Josie' mind. . .
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Miss Phitt said...

Love your blog! Life as a teacher in the UK is very similar, in fact my 'to do' list is almost identical just with British TV progs. I've just started my own blog dishing the dirt on British schools lol. It's gr8 fun all teachers can relate to it. I look 4ward 2 ur nxt blog xx

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You know you are able to delete ocmments which are offensive, illegible (squares in lieue of abc lettering) or spamming you to promote a product site?

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I know you're busy (aren't all teachers?) but when you've got a moment to spare < hollow laughter > you might want to do some culling, as your real fans are becoming frustrated, I feel.

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