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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Transformation


I was so afraid
the day before...
but
the moment you entered my classroom
you changed
from a puzzle to solve
a dare to win
a pot to fill
a case to crack
a mountain to climb
and became
a spirit to nourish
a soul to treasure
a child to love.

12 comments:

The Dreamer said...

aaawww....

AT PEACE said...

Nice! Your students are definately lucky to have you...

Scraps said...

I'll echo the other two. That's very sweet, and your students are very lucky that you're their teacher!

Bas~Melech said...

Nah, they'd be luckier to have someone who actually knows what to do with them... I do not think I'm an effective teacher for this class yet.

BEHIND A SMILE said...

Glad you conquered those pre-conceived ideas! Keep it up. Sounds like you are doing a great job.

psyched said...

BEAUTIFUL post!!!

bad4shidduchim said...

That's the spirit. View it as a challenge and you'll do great.

corner point said...

I think this applies to all children, not just those with special needs...

I love solving the puzzle of a child...

David_on_the_Lake said...

ahh
this reminds of my kiruv days..
I would feel so intimidated at first..but then..they would metamorphisize into these sould..yearning to learn..
its a beautiful thing..

Anonymous said...

The story is told that HoRav Yisro'ail Salanter asked one of his students why he refused to accept the position of Rav in his hometown.
The Talmid responded that he is afraid of the responsibility.
HoRav Salanter ZT"L responded:
"Would it be better for them to hire somebody who is not afraid of the responsibility?"


I, as a former teacher,
echo the sentiments of those who wrote that you have exactly the right attitude
AND that your students are very fortunate to have you.

(from gg)

Bas~Melech said...

Thanks for all the touching comments.

Just want to clarify-- this is about the feeling at the beginning of the year, before school starts, when you're all nervous and planning different ways of dealing with these unknown little monsters... then you get to school and they come into your classroom and you suddenly remember/realize that really they're just little kids... and then you can relax and start really giving.

Bas~Melech said...

BTW, this happens sometimes on Sundays, too -- I freak out, how am I going to deal with this week?! But then I come to school on Monday and the anxiety just falls away...