One of THOSE Days

September 8, 2014

Students are funny creatures.  I constantly find myself waiting for them… all the planning and activities are meant for them and there’s times I’m so STOKED out of my mind for them to get there so that I can watch their reactions, watch the lightbulb go on, hear them laugh, and hear their hilarious stories and jokes.  Along with that I love to hear them make fun of me (shhh don’t tell).  When they mock my “UVU” [pronounced YOOOO VEEEE YOOOOOOOOOOO”] or the other sarcastic and generally funny smart remarks that they make about me… It rocks because I know they’re paying attention.

Then there’s days [kind of like today] when I’m like, “IT’S ONLY WEEK 4???? WEEK 4??? Please bless fall break gets here soon.  Maybe it will snow next week and shut down the schools.”

It’s moments after describing for literally the last 15 minutes what we are doing, having instructions on the board and in front of them and having a student go, “Wait what are we doing?”  [because he was talking and drawing pictures of half naked men, walking up three desks to give it to someone, and getting his hair braided by the girl behind him] that I wonder if I should have chosen a different career, maybe I really should just let the kids out 74 minutes early, and wondering if that pay check will ever come.

And then the eternal man roommate says, “Well only 165 more days of school!” And I think: Go ahead and punch me in the face right now.

But then you get an email from a fellow teacher that goes like this…

I just received a text from my daughter in Mesa AZ.  She let me know that it is raining so hard down there, that flash flooding is occurring and that they have shut down all of the schools.   Kind of cool!!”

Kind of cool??? Ha ha ha, heartless aren’t we?  But I was like yeah… minus all of the damage and destruction… that is kind of cool.  Glad me and that teacher were having the same kind of day.

Overall though, I really do love teaching. There’s times when students come in after class because they’re failing and want to get caught up, or they ask for help because they finally trust me when I say “I don’t care if you get it right or wrong the first time, I just want you to try and learn”.  It’s times when my track kids come in and say hi to me because they’re passing by to their next class, or when a student asks how your day is or says thank you for a lesson.  Or times when the student who didn’t get it, didn’t get it, and didn’t get it finally gets it and you watch that lightbulb go on.  Those are the times teaching is worth it.  Teaching is hard, but it is usually the hard things in life that are the most rewarding.

Here’s a picture of me looking slightly like a hunchback coaching at a meet.
{Credit to Marcela Olsen}

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  • Reply Kalina Zufelt September 8, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Dude. You are such a cool person Brooke. I want to be just like you. I would even consider going back to high school just so I could be in your class.
    And that is a big sacrifice because I hate high school.

  • Reply Fernsten Family September 8, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Keep your spirits up, Brooke! You are phenomenal and your students are lucky to have you! The "ahaa" moments make it worth the struggle.

  • Reply Brooke Hodson Davies September 8, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    I mostly liked the "And that is a big sacrifice because I hate high school" ha ha ha.

  • Reply Brian Preece September 8, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Great write!

  • Reply Kelli Gilbert September 9, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    love love love!!!

  • Reply Leah Lott September 10, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Amen to everything you just said!! The "Wait, what are we doing?" leaves me speechless and irritated every time! I guess it happens in High School too. Some things never change. haha. I wish I could be in your class. We should just attend each other's classes for a day. Wouldn't that be fun?! Oh wait. We'd have to make sub plans. Never mind. 🙂

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