One of my life's greatest passions is teaching. I love it. I love the children. I love the variety of each day. I love being outside for part of every day. I love the challenges. I love the chance to make a difference. Here's an example of why I am so passionate about teaching.
We had a big writing competition coming up. So, a few Fridays ago our whole class spent a long while illustrating the poems we've been writing for the competition. I put a Disney hits CD on and let them have at it. What happened next would have had me crying if I hadn't been too busy enjoying it. You've Got a Friend In Me came on, and the whole class began to sing along. Imagine, me, Woody, and twenty second graders singing, "If you've got troubles, I've got 'em, too. You've got a friend in me." YES!!
Then, last week we were having our character lesson. At the end of it, we talked about how to be a good friend. My kids' answers were so good that I made a chart to leave up in our classroom. Here's what they said:
How to be a good friend
~ Use your best personality.
~ Don't say or tell things that would embarrass a friend.
~ Really, you just have to use all the character traits.
~ Don't repeat hurtful things.
~ Don't be mean.
~ Keep private things private.
~ Admit it and apologize when you are wrong.
See? I told you - best job in the world.