For all things Tooks, and some things, er, relating to other people. As well as to other things. You get the picture.

06 October 2007

And I quote:

"Mr. Ruderman, I'm sorry, but everyone hates you. And I do too, well kind of but I still hate you.

[name withheld]."

So teaching's going well. Actually, it really is. Are some of my students unhappy? Yes. Are some of them unafraid to express their true feelings in their responsive journals? Absolutely. Are there days when my teacher vein--that one on my left temple that pulses when I reach thermal meltdown stage--feels like it's the size of a drainage pipe and about to bust open? Yep.

But on the whole, so far so good. Insanely busy, of course, with the prep and paper-pushing and Open House and parent conferences and five-week report cards and DRA's and AIS plans and... You get the picture. But there are days when we laugh a lot and I shout only a little and we work together ok and maybe a few of my 24 actually learn something.

So I'm hanging in. I'll wrap up with a quote from another student:

"Today was a good day because the [other] students didn't say mean things to me and J. talked to me and we didn't fight that's why I'm very happy but I was also sad."

The truth is the truth for students of any age.

Go back to the sixth grade with me,



Blogger EphVazquez said...

I'm sure you are a damn good teach dude. I'm positive of it. Your students don't have to like you for that to be the truth either. Don't give any concessions for the sake of being liked. You're one of the best conveyors or truth that i know. I know you wouldn't be one to give into the pressure, but for all its worth.... don't let it.
Though i suppose you have your reasons, I will let you know that if I knew how to get in touch with you through an email address, I would, and though I asked you to get in touch with me cause I missed you, i respect if you'd rather not, for whatever reason.
Be well brother.

11:36 PM EDT


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