Friday Two Cents: The Days I Have Learned To Look Forward To


Well another school year has come and gone and in its wake a new batch of children will be moving on to the next grade with new knowledge that will be forgotten by the second week of July.  Ha Ha Ha Just joking, maybe.  However, the children are not the only ones who learned a thing or two.  I too learned a few things and I would love to share this new-found wisdom with you all.


  1. Teachers have endless amounts of patience, because the children in the classroom have none.  You may tell them that you will get them something in a couple of minutes but once you turn around they will ask if you have gotten it for them yet.
  2. No matter how many classrooms you go in, there will always be a class clown.  They say there is always one with a smart remark at any given moment and they are right. 
  3. If a student asks a question and you answer it, be prepared to answer the same question for every child in the room.  Sometimes you may answer the question more than once to the same child.  My record is 6 times in one afternoon by a fourth grade boy.
  4. For some reason a child’s voice is painfully loud when they are playing or doing something they like.  But when they are addressing the class or the school they are as quiet as church mice. 
  5. But I think the most important lesson occurred the last day of school.  After all the trials and tribulation, answering the same question 6 times, dealing with class clowns and running out of patience, the graduating grade fives can still steal your heart away. 

I arrived yesterday to see the grade fives after the last bell rang for the year.  Three senior girls came up to me and said, “I going to miss you the most Mr. Paul.”  They gave me a hug and started to cry.  It took all my strength to control myself and just hug them back saying, “It’s ok to feel this way.  I am going to miss you all too.” They continued to hug me harder for about 10 more minutes with tears in their eyes. 

 No matter how much you plan and look forward to the end of the school year, you can never prepare yourself for the flurry of emotions from these kids.  The hardest part of the job is not the work or the endless hours of prep or even the constant bashing from the public.  Its saying goodbye to children you have seen grow over the years and you know they will be great people when they grow up, but you won’t see it happen. 

But if you are lucky, they will return and visit.  Those are the days I have learned to look forward to.


Have a Happy and Safe Summer!!

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