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I am a teacher!

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by electricsheep, Oct 16, 2018.

  1. electricsheep

    electricsheep New commenter

    I am a teacher.

    Let me tell you what that means.

    It means I teach.

    I don’t facilitate.

    in order to differentiate

    I don’t have an anchor task

    because I’m not a bloody ship

    I don’t give kids a flight path

    Because this is not a landing strip

    It’s a classroom

    And children are not aeroplanes

    - Got it?

    I am a teacher

    I will not speak in acronyms,

    I teach!

    This means, I am trusted

    by the children I teach

    to teach them

    what they need to know

    and how to do it and

    how to arouse their curiosity

    and allow them to question.

    And to smile while they’re learning

    Not sit like laboratory rats

    Waiting for the lethal injection

    Or deflate like party balloons

    with threats of detention

    We must learn

    We will learn

    You at the back

    Why aren’t you learning?

    Learn! You ******* learn!

    And stop gurning!

    Stop being a child

    what is wrong with you?

    Sit absolutely still

    And pretend to be a statue

    I’m a teacher.

    I teach.

    Got that?


    Now **** off SMT

    Stop telling me a learning walk

    Is good policy

    When we all know

    It’s because you don’t trust me

    Stop telling me my lessons

    Need more challenge

    And need more pacing

    And need more of everything

    And then pretend

    It’s all professional development.

    No, the kids can’t take ownership

    because they don’t want it.

    They look to me for the answers

    they expect me to know because

    I am a teacher

    I teach.

    Why make it complicated?

    It’s as simple as zen

    And one last thing

    Stuff your purple pen!
  2. baxterbasics

    baxterbasics Senior commenter


    says it all

    should be copied and put on every classroom wall in the country
  3. electricsheep

    electricsheep New commenter

    feel free to do just that!
  4. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    Superb .
    needabreak likes this.
  5. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    To solve budget cuts, make 90% of the management and non teaching staff in every school redundant. Then we can all go back to being teachers. It used to be such a rewarding job. And great comments!
    michelle_turner57 likes this.
  6. Skeoch

    Skeoch Star commenter

    The parable of the classroom

    Then Jesus took his disciples up the mountain and, gathering them around him, taught them, saying:

    Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are the meek, blessed are they that mourn, blessed are the merciful, blessed are they that thirst for justice, blessed are you when persecuted, blessed are you when you suffer. Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is great in heaven.

    Then Simon Peter said, "Are we supposed to know this?" And Andrew said, "Do we have to write this down?" And Philip said, "I don't have any paper." And Bartholomew said, "Do we have to hand this in?" And John said, "The other disciples didn't have to learn this." And Matthew said, "May I go to the bathroom?" And Judas said, "What does this have to do with real life?"

    Then one of the Pharisees, who was present, asked to see Jesus' lesson plan and inquired of Jesus, "Where is your anticipatory set and your objectives in the cognitive domain?"

    And Jesus wept.
  7. pleasemiss__

    pleasemiss__ Occasional commenter

  8. Mrs Grumpy

    Mrs Grumpy New commenter

    Wonderful! The sooner we could all get back to that; the happier we - ALL - including pupils - would be! Thank you.
  9. hhhh

    hhhh Star commenter

    Wanna buy the T-shirt! Let em know that you know best, cos after all you DO know best!
  10. ATfan

    ATfan Star commenter

    Fantastic! I couldn't have put it better myself! Should be given to all managers on their first day in the role. This poem is totally apt for me this week as I'm being observed. The only other things I would recommend that managers stuff are the lolly sticks and the 'buzzwords' of www and EBI.
    hammie likes this.
  11. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    ban all acronyms by law, usually just people who think they know it all making sure that no one else can understand a thing that they are waffling on about. Is it really much more effort to type children then chldn ?
    ATfan likes this.

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