The sun rose high above the trees, and the birds were singing over me. But beneath my feet, I felt the sting that was the earth remembering. Lay down, lay down your weapons boy. Right now, right now, you should’ve changed the world. Under it all, you’re not so tough. Everyone just wants to fall in love.
It’s been way too long since I wrote one of these. Maybe because after having the best four months of my life, everything else just seems so frivolous compared to it. But, after looking back on my first month of school, I’m really starting to realize the value in what has been happening.
I went back and reread the last post I wrote in here, it was when I had my interview! HA Little did I know I would get the job. I know I’m a lucky person, but I think blessed is a better word. I am incredibly blessed. I’ve had to work hard for things, but my hard work usually reeps benefits, which I know is more than many can say.
Teaching has been so wonderful. I have 19 kids, and they are all so great. I can really see God in each of them. Whether it’s when they’re hugging me, or yelling out compliments in class, or dancing with me, or telling me what they learned that day, I grow so much from being with them. There is a little boy in my class that loves me no matter what, and he lets me know that. If I’m teaching, and he is distracted, yelling out, talking to his friends, etc, I will call him out on it, and the other day when I said “SIT DOWN!” He just looked at me and smiled and said “Miss Doyle is AWESOME!” WHY is that his reaction to my scolding? I’ll never know.. but I do know that he keeps me grounded, and patient.
These kids make me WANT to put in the time to make their day fun, they make me want to be a better teacher everyday. I’m so lucky to have them.
In closing, I’ll give the top five moments of the year, so far. (I can’t give too many, I’d like to put them in a book someday.. haha)
1. One day a boy raised his hand and asked, “Miss Doyle, do you have a bank account?” When I replied, “Yes.” He said, “HEY! Where are you getting the money? Do you have a job?”
2. I asked the kids on a Friday, “Do you know what T.G.I.F. stands for?” One student raised his hand and said, “George Washington Saint Francis?” In that case.. I just starred and said.. “Does anyone else have a guess?” (I had to move on quickly before I burst into laughter.)
3. On the first day of school, I asked the students to share one thing about themselves. One student told me they had three brothers and one sister, another told me her favorite color was pink.. This particular student told me that “I have the blood of Germans and Italians.” WOW, REALLY?
4. During Spanish class, the Spanish teacher was trying to get the students to listen, so she asked everyone to “escuchen” and when she kept repeating it, a little girl was just banging herself into her desk. The Spanish teacher asked her to stop, and she said “But you told me to SCOOT IN.”
5. This last one isn’t really a story, I just thought it was funny. I asked the kids to draw their own “Eric Carle” version of a squirrel. This little boy turned his in with a name attached. “This is my squirrel, ‘Lil Wane’ “
Again, I have the best job in the world. :)
Song of the week. “You don’t know me” By Regina Spektor and Ben Folds