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Harvest Soup

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I had the day off today from work and the Princess’ class was making Harvest Soup and was short on volunteers.  I don’t get many days off from work so I was glad to be able to help out.  I wasn’t quite sure what to expect as it’s been a while since I’ve been in kindergarten and Princess is my first child.  I walked in to see the entire class sitting on the floor listening to the teacher.   Everything seemed quiet and peaceful.  That didn’t last.  Myself, another Mother, the Teacher and the Early Childhood Educator were each assigned 6 children.  Chaos ensued.  I asked the children that were in my group to each go pick a vegetable of their choice.  It was not long before I had a majority of the vegetables on the very small table.  We were given a bowl of water to wash the veggies.  Within moments, water and vegetables were being thrown everywhere and being eaten.  I tried to cut the vegetables while minding the knife.  Never have I been so nervous in my life.  I kept reminding them that knives were sharp and because I was the grown up that I would do the cutting and then they could take the cut veggies and put them into the crock pot.

Soon the kids attention spans had flown out the window and the clean up began.  I have a new respect for kindergarten teachers.  The volume of the classroom was outrageous and they must go home with a headache everyday.  Meltdowns were in full swing, fights over play stations and there were kids going to the bathroom with the door wide open.  There is only one word to describe what I saw and that is INSANITY!  The teacher admitted to the other mother and I that they are not liking the full day kindergarten.  She admitted that instead of teaching, it feels more like crowd control.  I have to say that it was interesting to watch the Princess interact in a school setting.  She really enjoyed the science centre and preferred to play alone as opposed with others.  While I was shocked by it all, I hope that I am able to help out more often because I do want to play an active role in the Princess’ education and school.

Quotes About Teachers

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I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.
~Lily Tomlin as “Edith Ann”

The dream begins with a
teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next
plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called “truth.”
~Dan Rather

In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day’s work.  It is
invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.
~Jacques Barzun

Teaching creates all other professions.
~Author Unknown

If a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 40 people in his office
at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn’t want to be
there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, without
assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence for nine months,
then he might have some conception of the classroom teacher’s job.
~Donald D. Quinn

Modern cynics and skeptics… see no harm in paying those to
whom they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid to
those to whom they entrust the care of their plumbing.
~John F. Kennedy

A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.
~Thomas Carruthers

Good teaching is one-fourth
preparation and three-fourths theater.
~Gail Godwin

A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to
learn is hammering on cold iron.
~Horace Mann

Most teachers have little control over school policy or curriculum or choice of texts or special
placement of students, but most have a great deal of autonomy inside the
classroom.  To a degree shared by only a few other occupations, such as police
work, public education rests precariously on the skill and virtue of the people
at the bottom of the institutional pyramid.
~Tracy Kidder

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where
his influence stops.
~Henry Brooks Adams

A good teacher is like a
candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others.
~Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, translated from Turkish

If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it.
~Margaret Fuller

The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal
influence.  He inspires self-distrust.  He guides their eyes from himself to the
spirit that quickens him.  He will have no disciple.
~Amos Bronson Alcott

A good teacher is a master of simplification and an enemy of
simplism.  ~Louis A. Berman

World Teacher’s Day

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Today is a World Teacher’s Day.  We’ve all had teachers that we loved, liked and loathed.  It’s funny when you are in school you dislike them because they are always giving you homework and tests, but now that Princess is in school, I have a whole new appreciation for them.  Here are a list of my favourite teachers and my not-so-favourite.

FAVOURITE

  1. Ms. C.  My grade 5 teacher was the coolest thing since sliced bread.  She wasn’t like my other teachers, she had Pat Benatar blonde hair, wore cool make up and always put on really cool dance recitals for the talent show!  I was the month of February in the dance number “Calendar Girls” in the grade five talent show.  I really wanted to be in the Grease Lightning number and wear the poodle skirts.
  2. Mr. D.  My grade 7 teacher was pretty awesome.  He definitely had that “No BS” attitude and handled the prepubescent tweens with ease.  If you were talking out turn, you had your name put in a circle and you would have to write lines.
  3. Mr. McK.  This was my grade 8 and grade 12 English teacher.  At grade 8 graduation, some of the students won awards.   I won English, Geography and Science & Technology.  Prior to giving me the English Award, he said “For this student, I just want to say that if she is to do anything as a career, I hope that it has to do with her writing.”  He is one of the reasons I studied English in University, and when I publish my first novel, I will dedicate it to him.
  4. Ms. D.  This teacher was by far my favourite.  She was my 4H instructor when I was in grade school, so when I got to highschool, I knew her and I quickly became teacher’s favourite.
  5. Mr. S.  He was my grade 12 philosophy teacher.  Not only was he charismatic and brilliant, but he was handsome with baby blues (I’m a sucker for the baby blues).  Many girls in school had a crush on him.

NOT-SO-FAVOURITE

  1. Mrs. W #1.  She was my grade 7 teacher and she was tiny, frail and quiet.  Not exactly the teacher needed for a group of prepubescent tweens.  We ruled that class with impunity.  She was ragged by the end of the year.
  2. Mr. Grant.  He was my grade 9 science teacher and I had his wife for computer science.  At parent/teacher, my dad only got to speak with his wife and missed the interview with him.  The next day I told him that my dad was sorry that he missed the interview, and his reply “Don’t worry, my wife couldn’t stop talking about your dad.  Go sit down.”  Turns out, his wife developed a crush on my dad and Mr. G took it out on me.
  3. Mr. B.  I did nothing to this teacher other be my mother’s daughter.  He was my grade 12 computer science teacher and when I stepped in the classroom he stopped me.  “Are you Susan’s daughter?”  I answered shakily “yes.”  He just shook his head and said “we’re going to have problems.”  I went home and asked my mom if she knew this teacher and her response was very similar to his.  Apparently they constantly butted heads.  One day there was a school basketball and when most of the class skipped, I was the only one who got a detention.  Proof is in the pudding.
  4. Mrs. W #2.  She was my grade 11 physics teacher and I loathed her.  Physics wasn’t my forte to say the least and I needed a tutor to help me pass.  They only thing that saved me were my science reports.  I didn’t get the math part, but always got A+ on all my reports.  Easy to see why I choose English.  Anyways when I was 17, I was really into CSI and thought I wanted to be a Forensic Scientist.  When I told her this, she told me “You are too stupid to do that.”  Last time I took physics.
  5. Mr. W.  He was my law teacher and a sexist to boot.  When it came to projects, girls would always get extensions, all you had to do was show some cleavage but when it came to playing sports like football, we weren’t allowed.  I played Rugby in highschool and Mr. W, the football coach and head of athletics, hated the sport.  So he cancelled rugby for the girls.  He said they just didn’t have the money.  Meanwhile when I asked if we could then play on the football team, since there were girls that wanted to play physical sports, he declined.  I started a petition.  I had a lot of support from teachers, students, girls and boys alike and when I went to bring it to the Principal’s office, he stopped me in the office and said “I could strangle you.  Meet me in the library.”  We had a very tense and vocal meeting, but alas I lost.