Monday, March 21, 2005

What a difference it makes

So, as you could tell, I was hatin' life. My kids were driving me nuts, the school system was doing it more, and I was generally in a bad place. Well, come open school night last week, everything changed. It started with dinner. Ate with three teacher friends. It really reminded me why I loved doing what I'm doing. Re-centered me. So, once I got back to school for the rest of the conferences I was on fire.

Remember that basketball video game? I think it was Double Dribble. If you made three baskets in a row, the announcer would say "He's on FIRE!" After that, until the other team fouled you or something, everything you shot would go in. You couldn't miss. Teaching can be like that, too.

I got to talk to all the parents I really needed to talk to. Some were very surprised at what I had to say. Suffice to say, things changed quite a bit the next day. For one, I was in a better mood. For another, my kids were more centered. And then the test scores started coming in. Well, practice test scores. My kids were getting higher and higher. Then I find out the practice test they did was way harder than the real one. We do one more like the real one and EVERY SINGLE ONE PASSED.

Now, that's not necessarily going to happen. And these tests are still pieces of shit. But my kids are getting better. We're all pumped right now and it feels great to be a teacher again.

Except when field trips go to hell, but they always do and that's no ones fault. Except the damn bus company.

6 Comments:

At 1:10 AM, Blogger Mark Hale said...

I'm always glad to hear when teachers feel good about the job they're doing and the kids they're working with.

That's all.

Have a good week.

 
At 9:44 PM, Blogger Jake said...

The game was NBA Jam.

It was the greatest basketball videogame of all time.

Carry on.

 
At 9:43 PM, Anonymous Juli said...

Good to hear that you have such a rewarding career Joe...you have come a long way from wearing a tux while I sang "New Orleans" at ACC for Mrs. Caudill...
Michelle K. told me about your page, and I had to check it out!!

 
At 8:39 AM, Blogger Joe Rice said...

I still wear that tuxedo, except it's me singing the song and pretending it's you.

 
At 9:54 AM, Anonymous Juli said...

Maybe I can send you the boa...to get the full effect!

 
At 6:51 PM, Blogger Joe Rice said...

Boa-riffic!

 

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