We're fat with binders and forgetting
We're shaping the name of a new love
on the underside of our thumb.
We're diagnosing rumor and trouble
and fear. We hear the teachers
as if they were far off, speaking
down a tube. Sometimes a whole sentence gets through.
But the teachers don't give up.
They rise, dress, appear before us
crisp and hopeful. They have a plan.
This is so appropriate for this week. It reminds me, too, of this quote I wrote down while I was reading Time for Meaning: Crafting Literate Lives in Middle and High School, by Randy Bomer:
"Over and over again, I make the teacher's mistake of assuming that time begins the moment my students cross the threshold of my room. But if my class is to tell the truth about literacy, I have to guard against that mistake and keep in mind that each student's whole life outside this room is what he or she will use to make meaning."
Oh well, we teachers don't give up. I'll be at it again next week.
And here's today's roundup, hosted by the amazing Irene Latham. It's her thousandth blog post! Head on over to congratulate her and read what everyone else is posting.