A Teacher's Day

The day in the life of an inner city large urban school district teacher after the high stakes testing ends and there is still three more months left before summer vacation.

Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

I have taught school for over thirty years always in the inner city and for the most part always upper grade students. I have two children and I have been married for twenty years.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007


Spring has finally—and hopefully—come to Chicago and even though broken glass was on the playground and garbage was wind thrown against one corner of the fence—the after school students went outside for recreation—and I have to tell you, it was just great.

We have had an on-going problem with basketball this and basketball that and we only play basketball for so long now, I’ve wanted to tear out my hair at times.

Not last evening.

Last evening we played baseball and t-ball and football and 4 squares and every other game except for—(well, not exactly cause three boys did play basketball).

And everything went so smooth it was great. There’s not even a but here. Everything was so good, when the students left at the end of the day and walked past all of the TV cameras—yes, TV cameras—because my school is the polling place where Dorothy Tillman got her start and where she actually votes (and she lost!!!), they were polite and inquisitive and even allowed to hold the mic and the camera and talk to the reporters.

Some days everything comes together so well, everything is, well, well.


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