• Tiye Naeemah Cort

I am the Teacher Who...

May is “Teacher Appreciation Month”, and I love all the discounts, free food, and reaping the benefits of molding young minds! I thought of 20 things that describe me as a teacher. They’re not all good, but they’re not all bad, and as I reflect on this year in particular, there are some key things that I can say about myself.

I am the teacher who…

  • Always gets caught taking selfies during planning periods.

  • Sometimes forgets to post assignments on Google Classroom so students get a night off from completing an assignment, at no fault of their own.

  • Moves the talkative kids around in the classroom to no avail because they’re friends with everyone.

  • On really rough days, takes compliments on outfits as the silver lining.

  • Has turned Tuesday’s 3:35 pm bell into a racing game to see which student leaves the classroom the quickest so that I can get to my grad class on time.

  • Turned the back of my classroom into “Shakespeare’s Shady Grove”, complete with student-designed leaves and Kermit the Frog sipping tea under the shade of our tree.

  • Would rather talk to my students in person than respond to midnight emails.

  • Tells bad jokes, but every once in a while makes a kid smile by slipping in a clever Drake lyric.

  • Corrects in red ink, but uses purple or green for the students who get anxious at the sight of “so much red”.

  • Takes forever to grade essays, but tells students not to worry because by the end of the semester, they won’t matter as much as all the other work they did.

  • Won’t budge when my students whine.

  • Waits for silence before continuing the lesson.

  • Stays after school to help students study because sometimes home is not the best place to get work done.

  • Becomes uncomfortable when kids cry in front of me, but quickly offers a comforting hug.

  • Doesn’t care if you’re in the 9th or 11th grade, if you earn 100% on an assignment, you will get a sticker on your paper.

  • Gives quizzes that are the length of tests.

  • Will give you a “mom look” without hesitation.

  • Sometimes sits amongst my students, so when the principal comes in to observe my class, I’m hard to find.

  • Understands that puberty, relationships, and confusion sometimes keep you from earning an A.

  • Makes strict rules, but always gives second and third and fourth chances.

What things would you include in your list? Make a list like this to help define your identity and effectiveness as an educator. It comes in handy on those difficult days, especially at the end of the school year!


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