Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Homework: Wanna Bet?

It was just an ordinary morning at work. About few minutes before the school bell rang, my staff approached me and told me… “That teacher is so mean!

I was surprised by his remark then out of curiosity I asked him… “Why? What did she do?

She told the kid to sit, in a very mean way.” He replied.

The kid might not be listening and had to tell him again in a more authoritative way.” I said.

Well, she could have said it differently.” He said judgingly.

I laughed by his remarked and said… “When you become a teacher, you’ll see, you will lose it too.”

No, I will be kind and nice and the best teacher ever and kids will love me because I will always be nice.” He replied very confidently.

I just laughed and said… “You don’t know what you are talking about. Trust me!

Wanna bet?” he snapped quickly so sure of himself.

FAST FORWARD:Are you threatening me? Do you think I am scared of your mother?” Those were just some of the words that I clearly heard my [same] staff was saying that very afternoon when one of the kids was arguing with him about “breaking the rules” issues. His face was so red and his voice was a little frustrated and perturbed. It was the first time I saw him so pissed off and the first time I heard him raised his voice.

He totally lost it!

I should have placed my bet! Darn!


When I was “not” a teacher yet, I have these entire huge plans for my future dream career. I was able to picture in my mind the kind of teacher I will be and the kind of teacher I will not be so that kids will love me. I was all so consumed by my idealism that one day… I will change the world.

When I was a teacher, I came face to face with the reality of my [then] future dream career. I was able to find the hard truth of what kind of a teacher I am and the kind of teacher I am not. I was devastated by my own idealism and one day… I changed not the world but my personal perception in life.

When I was no longer a teacher, I still dream of an idealistic career that will change the world. Teaching is a noble profession and indeed the best venue to start making the difference. I am not saying that I totally lost my faith in my profession but rather. .. I learned that the world is not what you think it is so I changed my mind.

What I am saying now is that when I finally become a teacher I became more realistic than idealistic. Teaching truly brought out the best and the worst in me. It is the best time of my life when I fully comprehend the true meaning of compassion, patience, understanding, perseverance and humility. On the other hand, I realized that I too have weaknesses… that I am vulnerable and that there are things that I cannot change because it is what it is. My teaching career taught me that life indeed.. is full of surprises.


Ruthilicious... absent in the Classroom, present in the Chatroom. She blogs when she is NOT Facebooking doing chores and she blogs while she is ALSO Facebooking doing chores.

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