Tuesday, April 16, 2013

I Am Not The Enemy #edchat

I am not the enemy.

I am the person that gets up every day excited about sharing the wonders of literature. I am the person that shows students the power of the written word and the beauty of the spoken word. I am the person that values each and every student in my class.

I am not the enemy.

I am the person that sits with a student revising an essay until they get it right. I am the person who keeps their door open after school for those students who do not have a place to go. I am the person that provides the attention to those who do not get it at home.

I am not the enemy.

I am the person that provides the tissue after a heartbreaking truth is revealed. I am the person that guides students to their future career. I am the person that is a sounding board when they are not sure how the parents will react. I am the person who provides supplies because there are none at home.

I am not the enemy.

I am the person that forfeits personal time to ensure students have extra time. I am the person who provides a shoulder to cry on when nobody is around. I am the person who smiles when everyone else is frowning. I am the sunshine in a world of darkness for many.

I am not the enemy.

I am the person that will show students the future and tells them they can achieve all of their goals. I am the person that will be the biggest cheerleader and the biggest critic. I am the person who will be there years later and remember where they sat and how they did. I am the person that calls them, "My kids".

I am not the enemy.

I am not perfect, but I strive for perfection. I am constantly learning because I expect it from my students. I provide a safe haven for the bullied. I love the unloved.

I do this every day.

I am not the enemy.

I am a teacher.