November 11, 2010

Because some have a positive effect on others daily

I am not a teacher - and I NEVER could be one.

Oh yes, I love little people and love to cuddle and play with them.  But to stand in a classroom full of them and demand order?  To expect them to actually learn something that I could teach?  From other people's children?  Children that I can't ground, guilt or nag into submission?

It's laughable.  I don't have that kind of patience or fortitude.

It takes a strong and special person to be a teacher.

I saw this video over at VodkaMom's site (that for the life of me I can't get to "fit" where it's supposed to!  Apparently, I need an HTML teacher.....).

And it made me tear up.

It made me remember all the fabulous teachers that my son has had - it made me remember some of the fabulous teachers that I've had.  These men and women touch our children's lives daily.  They help us to shape and mold the people that our children are going to be.  These people help foster a love of learning in our children that will carry them through life.

So if you have a wonderful teacher in your life - go give them a hug.  And thank them for doing this most important job.

And then?  Then, thank God that I never went into teaching.


  1. You're right.... it's fate!! Another link... my mother was Regina but her family called her Gigi. Her grandma name was Mama Gigi!

    My blog is another Ramblings.

    I could never be a teacher, but have great respect for those who do. Frankly, I don't like other people's kids all that much!!

    I'm following!!

  2. I have seen that video and it is AMAZING. I love it.

  3. What a great video. My son is going to school to be High School English teacher. I'll have to share it with him.

  4. I thanked a fabulous teacher today...thanks never seems like enough.

  5. Thank you so much for this!! As a teacher assistant, I am finding that parents now a days(not all) don't want you to make their kids do anything. They are so worried that their kids will get their feeling hurt! If I told you what I made you would be shocked!!!

  6. OMG Gigi, I'm so with you! I could never teach! My hats off to those who do, and who do it WELL (because let's face it, it's kind of an art!)
    Great post!

  7. Oh, honey. You've made me cry as well. What a fabulous video (even if it IS too big for the page!). You never forget a really good teacher, right?

    Thank you for sharing.

    And as for you teaching? Okay, so maybe I wouldn't want you in a public classroom...but you'll do just fine...right here!

  8. You know what?

    It makes me cry too. Makes me cry to realize that the only calls or notes home that I get are to criticize my child's academic performance or to let me know they've been misbehaving in class.

    Makes me cry to think that my wonderful, intelligent, special children are just another one in the classroom who takes up a desk and is one more paper to grade.

    Makes me cry to realize that the most important rules they follow don't help them develop academically, emotionally, or socially, but rather just make the classroom quieter.

    Makes me cry to know, from the children telling me regularly, that their teachers don't care and that the only way they get the teacher's attention is through MISbehavior.

    Makes me cry to know we have no other choice besides homeschooling. Makes me cry to think that the expectations I have for teachers, to give my kids a sense of pride and accomplishment and consistency and stability, that it isn't there.

    If my kids got all C's but felt like their teachers cared, I'd be happier than what they're doing now: earning all A's and hating their school.