August 6th, 2008

Loz Cola

Someday over the rainbow...

The thing I find interesting about teaching is that every day has to be a blank slate. And sometimes, that's hard. If a student's pulled their fist back to punch you in the face one day (my students are 5 years old, but I still find that relatively threatening), it's quite difficult not to treat them differently the next time you see them. But I have to. I have to try.

It's not that I don't remember how a student's acted, both positively, and negatively, from day to day, week to week, only that I can't hold that for or against them in how I interact. I have to be warm and welcoming to that kid who threw a chair across the room. I have to keep that child in if they're playing up today but never have before.

I think I'm actually pretty good at doing this. It turns out my persistent ability to live in fiction means I can see each day as a new opportunity. Alternating alternative realities, one might say. Yeah, yesterday sucked, but today? Who knows? It could be spectacular.