You know those teaching moments that are like magic? You know what I’m talking about. Now, I love to spend hours browsing in Staples for colorful pens and notepads and love hot chocolate on snow days. But, what do I really love about teaching? Those moments.
When kids blow you out of the water with an idea. Something you’d never even considered. Something beyond your expectations.
When you get together with another teacher and come up with an idea that’d you have never come up with on your own.
When you look up and it’s almost time to go and nobody noticed because everyone, including you, was engaged in learning.
When a kid is enjoying a project so much he keeps working just because he wants to.
When you realize that a bazillion educators on Twitter are ready to help you, anytime.
When you look around and realize that not one kid would even notice if you left the room because they are so involved in their learning.
When you plan what you think is your greatest lesson ever, and it completely flops, and becomes somehow, even better than your original plan.
When a kid takes the long way to the buses to stop by and tell you to “Have a good weekend!”
When it’s right, it’s like magic. There is no other explanation. Watching a kid discover something right in front of you? It’s like having a front row seat to the best show on earth. A show that you’re lucky enough to be a part of. Every. Single. Day.