I never thought I'd be the mom who...
- ...doesn't cook when her husband goes out of town.
- ...doesn't brush her children's hair every single day.
It made me think, what if you substituted the word "Spanish teacher" for "mom"? Here's some of mine.
I never thought I'd be the teacher who...
- ...doesn't brush her own hair before teaching. Look at my hair in this picture--ack!
- ...gets e-mails from her students wondering when they're going to get their homework graded.
- ...makes up the lesson plan in her head while walking from my office to the classroom.
- ...writes on the chalkboard even when I teach in the College of Business building that has all the fancy technology.
- ...momentarily forgets what the capital of Paraguay is.
- ...hasn't read a book in Spanish in longer that she will actually admit!
- ...doesn't have the Spanish equivalent of every English word on the tip of her tongue when a student asks in class. (My favorite? Many years ago a student asked me in class, "¿Cómo se dice walrus en español?" Could you answer that?)
But here's another category.
I'm glad I'm the Spanish teacher who...
- ...knows all my students' names by week 3 of the semester.
- ...uses community service learning so both my students and my community partners benefit.
- ...truly loves to go to class and be with my students.
- ...incorporates Spanish into my every-day life, even though I'm not a native-speaker.
Leave a comment and tell me what kind of teacher you're glad you are or never thought you'd be! If you're a student, tailor the question to fit. :)