Why I Love My Job

Wednesday after school a few kids were in my room finishing up their research projects.  I had to leave to go to a meeting, but I trust them, so I left them there and told them to just make sure the door locked behind them.  On my way out, I remarked that my classroom was such a mess and I wish I had a fairy godmother who would just make it all go away magically.

Somewhere around 1 a.m. Thursday morning, our power must have gone out.  I know this because I woke up at 6:45 a.m. and my alarm clocks were blinking.  Considering that I normally leave the house around 6:35 a.m., I was alternating between being angry at my clocks (which is ineffective, considering they are inanimate objects) and thanking Jesus for waking me up with enough time to get to school before it actually started (which is much more productive).

Anyone who knows me knows that I do NOT function well when I am rushed in the morning, so I was not expecting to have a very great start to the day.  And then I walked into my classroom.

As I looked around, I got that weird “something’s different, but I can’t quite place it” feeling.  And then I figured it out: my kids had straightened up my room.  The desks were back in neat, compact groups, there was no trash on the floor, and even my desk and the area around my computer had been straightened up and cleared off.

Those little moments, the times I see my kids exhibiting kindness, the examples of compassion I get to see mean so much more to me than anything the data tells me.  The fact that 3 teenagers were willing to clean up my classroom just because they thought it might make me happy reminds me of why I do this crazy job every day.

Kids as great as mine deserve an excellent education, and I’m going to do everything in my power to give it to them.

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  1. Ellen

     /  March 11, 2011

    This gave me goosebumps. What a true testament to the impact you are having on these kids. Love you Rach! Keep up the good work :)

  2. Dad

     /  March 13, 2011

    At the risk of saying “I told you so!” – I told you so! You’re making a difference in kids’ lives. Maybe not every one of them, but more than if you weren’t there. Keep up the great work!!


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