50th Friday Two Cents: Veni, Vidi, Vici. I came, I saw, I conquered.


Recently I was hired on as an ECE supply teacher in the Toronto District School Board.  I work with children in the full day kindergarten programs all around the city.  I was fortunate to be at a school from the first day of school this year as a temporary ECE teacher.  From the moment I came into the school I was welcomed by the staff and into the classrooms with the children.  I saw that they needed help and I provided the best I could.  This week is the last week with the school because they have a replacement person for the position I was filling.  Of course I am a bit saddened to be leaving, but it is good that these children have a steady person to be with them. 

I said the same to the teachers but they all said that I have been a steady and positive presence to the children.  I guess I just thought of myself as someone providing help in any way I could to a difficult situation.  After two months it has been a bit trying at times but I just saw what needed to be done and just did it.

Yet the teachers said I did more than that.  Now that everything is established, I have to leave.  They reminded me; I helped them move into a holding class and then into their regular classroom two weeks ago.  Helped with the classroom routines, with the children.  Established a lunchtime routine with them and the other classrooms.  But of course that the children will miss me, that I captured their imaginations and helped to inspire them too.



I never really thought about it on those terms.  I knew the children will miss me, but they will move on.  Also the routines I established where just things I put into place for everyone’s benefit, I was just doing my job. The routines will go on without me, maybe be improved upon in my absence.  Who knows? 

I told them that I guess I was like Superman or the Marines, going in and lending a helping hand, then moving on.  They laughed, but my statement was aptly put. 

Next week I start in a new school with new children, staff and challenges.  I go into this new adventure knowing that I did some good in the school.  That knowledge makes me feel good about what I have done and it helps me to look forward to the challenges that await me. 

I would imagine the quote from Caesar is appropriate for my past two months, Veni, Vidi, Vici. I came, I saw, I conquered.”  

Hopefully this knowledge can continue to inspire me. 


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