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Am I just too serious about school and students?

Jun 6, 2018 5:53pm

Whenever I see teachers cheering (loudly) down the halls on Friday, I cringe. I've witnessed high fives, sky jumps, twirls and smiles that never appear at any other time of the week.

Makes me sad for students whose only peace, positivity or sense of place is found in school.

And since learning doesn't (or shouldn't) only happen in school, I'm afraid that teachers who act this way send a nonproductive message about learning. I'd rather send students off with the idea that they will be missed and that I will be happy to see them again on Monday. That's the way I feel, but I rarely see this expressed by other teachers.

So, am I just too serious about school and students?

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    • Jul 5, 2018 12:09pm

      In the same way that I never understood parents, who, in front of their children, delighted in the arrival of the first day of school. I tell my students that once I have them in class, they will always be mine.

      I would consider the behavior you witness unprofessional in the least. Thank you for making your students feel important and wanted.

      Special Ed. Driving Instructor

      • Jul 7, 2018 11:39am

        Oh no, I agree. I think it's pretty negative. My school isn't too bad about being overly excited on Fridays but I was a bit upset that we all waved them goodbye for the summer but we did nothing to greet them into our school. I did mention it to both the VP and Principal though, so I think this year we will be making a change.

        • Jul 12, 2018 8:41am

          I couldn't agree more of what you said about Fridays and teachers attitude about it, I always greet in the morning with Happy whatever day of the week , always, Happy Monday, Happy Tuesday whatever the day of the week,, so kids and adult get my message that any day of the week is happy, it's up to us.

          • Jun 24, 2018 6:27am

            Only one positive response?

            The silence is chilling.

            Thank you Rachel. I feel the same way about my students.
            I never go to work. I simply go to school.

            • Jul 8, 2018 11:37am

              Thank you, Faith. I've often wondered what parents were thinking (or not thinking) when they expressed such delight.

              I guess they don't realize that students catch the vibe that they're "off to the babysitter's" instead of attending school to become educated.

              Love my parents, but this attitude is a total fail.

              • Jul 8, 2018 11:44am

                Great, Heather! It's heartening to know that we have teachers/colleagues like you advocating for students.

                Every child should feel welcomed and loved by their educators.
                Have you seen the famous TED video by the late and GREAT
                Rita Pierson? (Over 8.5 million views!!!) I think you'd like it:

                https://www.ted.com/talks/rita_pierson_every_kid_needs_a_champion

                All the best!

                • Jul 12, 2018 5:11pm

                  Thank you, Denise!

                  I seriously needed to hear from colleagues who feel as I do. It's hard work, but teaching is never "just a job." Our students deserve to build on a foundation that supports a culture of continual education -starting in infancy and continuing through adulthood. If students don't witness respect for education in school, where then WILL they witness it?

                  Stay encouraged and never change.

                  Inspire.

                  When they go low...open yet another book!

                  : )