Monday, November 03, 2008


don't even get me started on how hard it is to grade with a baby on your lap...

Here is why teaching and mothering are both hard:

Nobody ever says thank you.

Everyone always wants more: more points, more feedback, more stories, more snacks. Nobody says thank you for the two hours you spend individually emailing each person their current grade, or the clean underwear folded in their drawer, or the three nutritious meals and two healthy snacks that you shopped for, prepared, and cleaned up, or the hours that you spent writing detailed feedback on their paper in hopes that they would understand what they're not doing correctly. Nobody realizes that you spend hours lying awake at night worrying about whether you're doing a good job. Or that giving a bad grade or a time-out is almost as painful (and perhaps more, in some cases) for you as it is for them. Nobody realizes that even though this is your job, a little gratitude would be nice every so often to keep you going and feel like you're doing something worthwhile that is actually making a difference in some small way. An expression of appreciation for an underpaid and under-appreciated job well done (or at least done).

Thank you for letting me get that out of my system. We'll be back to happiness tomorrow. And please, if you have a teacher or a mother in your life, or ANYONE who has done anything for you lately, would you tell them thank you?

That would mean a lot to me. And more to them. I can list--by name--the people who expressed appreciation for my classes over the last five years (seven if you count time as a TA). It mattered that much to me.


Elise Decker said...

well, maybe she doesn't say thank you, but look how happy she is to be with her mommy!!

lanada said...

amen. and thank you. not because you are my teacher or my mother (thank goodness because how would we explain that one?) but because you are a good example of both, and i need that.

The Jones Family said...

perfectly said. i was a teacher and now a mother and completely understand both. the fact that you care and worry and wonder and whatever else means you are doing a good job. i know you are :)

Kritta22 said...

Thanks for being so great! I read your blog so I can be more like you! You are my little hero!
So thank you!

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