15 years in grades 6-8 ELA - now appearing in a 4th grade near you.
Read the book SAHARA SPECIAL by Esme Raji Codell. I want to be Miss Pointy... but don't have the guts to make myself that big of a target.
My shining teaching moment happened outside the classroom Several years ago, a former student, now grown and in the army, called me on Mother's Day to touch base. He wanted to let me know how much our relationship had meant to him. I hung up and cried. I touched one troubled boy. I may not have revolutionized his education... but I made him feel like someone cared, no matter what his problems learning were. It's not about the test scores. It's not about the grades. It's about the kids... and the day I find myself bullied away from that truth is the day I quit teaching.
B.A. - Elms College, Chicopee MA; M.A.T. - Sacred Heart University, Fairfield CT; Flunked out of the School of Hard Knocks. ;-)
I've written one small children's book of which I'm absurdly proud.