Linking up today with those who love writing and who enjoy a 5-minute writing exercise and then encourage each other with comments. Such fun. Join us at Gypsy Mama. No qualifications needed! Today’s word: See
I spent the morning subbing for a teacher’s aide in a middle school special ed room. Substitute aides don’t have enough responsibility to fill the time. I record observations and write in my head to stay awake. The teacher was a short, stout lady with a gray pony tail and and a habit of excuse making for things not being the way she thought they should. As I listened I learned she would retire after more than 30-years in 7 short days.
She was trying to guide students through a story problem about probablity. Math is not my strong subject but I knew she wasn’t doing the problem correctly, so did one other student. Her technique and answer were wrong. And when confronted, she insisted. The student refused to acknowledge her way as correct, she exploded. I pointed out I had gotten the same answer as the student. It was too much.
She went on a soapbox about respect and read a thank you letter from a former student about how awesome she was and how she was the only teacher who cared and taught the letter-writer anything in middle school. Then she said she was going to skip probability problems and she didn’t want to talk about it.
I read a few posts on SEE this morning, and had the idea of seeing with His eyes in my head. This small women, I wanted to shake and say, stop it, you’ve gone the wrong direction. But I sat silently, mouthed, “it’s okay” to the student who knew the right answer and prayed for her. How much disrespect had this tired teacher endured? What health issues prompted retirement? Her grandchildren were coming to visit that afternoon she proudly said, but there wasn’t a wedding ring on her finger. What pain had this woman endured?
Lord help me to see. Help me see with your eyes before I react with my own brand of indignation at injustice. I am guilty too.
(Time is up but you need to know that this teacher returned to the classroom after a brief absence later in the morning. She had checked with a math teacher and she apologized for misteaching the problem. Then acknowledged her student’s correctness and retaught the problem.)
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