Thursday, November 17, 2011

What Teachers Make.


Today in my Education class, we watched this video. It is amazing. I love it when someone asks me why I want to be a teacher. You won't make any money doing that. High school English? That's the worst! High schoolers are terrible! You're crazy.
See that right there? That's where people have it wrong. All of that.. Being a teacher isn't about making money. It's about making a difference. High school isn't terrible unless you make it terrible. Teenagers are incredible. And they're the future. Children under 18 might only make up a small percentage of the population, but they make up 100% of the future.
If one student, just one, comes back to me and says, "Gee, you really helped me understand Shakespeare. You really helped me learn how to write a paper. I didn't get the difference between a simile and a metaphor before your class." or even "You were there when I needed someone to talk to. Thanks," then I've made a difference. And that's why I want to be a teacher.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

On Children

Your children are not your children.
     They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
     And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
     For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
     For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow
     which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
     but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children
     as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
     and He bends you with His might
     that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
     For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
     so He loves also the bow that is stable.

Khalil Gibran
from The Prophet
1923

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Beautiful Disaster.


Perhaps our eyes need to be washed by our tears once in a while, so that we can see Life with a clearer view again.
Alex Tan

Friday, November 4, 2011

A Conversation Regarding Polite Behavior.

Little Miss was lying beside me on the bed, when the Kitten curled up on my lap. Little Miss reached up and grabbed his face, then put his ear and her thumb in her mouth contentedly, while the Kitten was mewling in protest. After freeing the poor little boy from my daughters painful grasp, we had a short conversation.
"Honey, you can't pull on the kitty like that. It's not nice," I said.
She merely smiled and tried to grab my hair.
"No," I said, moving her hands away. "I need to explain this to you. Pulling on the kitty's hair hurts him. That's why he meows. He wants you to let go."
She stuck her thumb back in her mouth and smiled.
"I understand you think it's fun. But for him, it's not. It hurts him. And it's not very polite to hurt the kitty."
Little Miss then began to babble over my conversation, despite my requests for her to listen. Alas, the child has made up her mind: she will pull the Kitten's hair. And she will pull Mom's hair. And she will try to stick anything she gets her hands on in her mouth.
So, the lesson to be learned from this conversation?
Talk to the cat instead.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween and Milestones.

Well, Halloween has come and gone! Little Miss and I had so much fun! She was so stinking adorable, I just had to put up some pictures.
And no, this little ducky does not quack. She giggles and growls. Pretty funny.