Friday Two Cents: Veni, Vidi, Vici.


 

Recently I had the opportunity to work as a Long tern occasional (LTO) teacher in a grade 1 class. I have been at this school for several years and I have worked in many different classrooms with many amazing people. From the moment I came into the school I was welcomed by the staff and into the classrooms with the students.  I saw they needed help and I provided the best I could.  This was the last week with the students in the class 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 students have a steady person to be with them and sometimes change is good. 

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.  I was even approached by many parents who said the same things and also wrote letters and made calls on my behalf to the superintendent and others about the job I have done and for me to stay on. They also mentioned that the children would miss me, and what I bring to them. I guess I captured their imaginations and helped to inspire them. I did not expect this and my response was of course gratitude and a heart-felt thank you to all of them.

Superman

I never really thought about it in those terms.  I knew the students 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 class and routines will go on without me, maybe even improved upon in my absence.  Who knows? 
I told a few that I was like Superman, coming in and lending a helping hand, then moving on.  They laughed that my statement was aptly put. 
Next week I move on as a supply teacher again in this school or other schools with new students, 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 Julius Caesar is appropriate for my past two months,

‘Veni, vidi, vici. I came, I saw, I conquered.’ Julius Caesar 

Hopefully this knowledge can continue to inspire me in the new adventures that await me.

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