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.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007


We were busy—the small Local School Council group—working on the principal’s evaluation and in no time at all we were finished and it was time to dismiss all the students.

I went outside like I always do. A beautiful afternoon, blue skies (even though the weathermen predicted all day storms), nice breezes, warm enough to remove the jackets. We had heard there might be a problem between an 8th grader and a 6th grader, so we were ready.

It’s great when the school comes together to stop a problem before it begins. The 6th grade girl’s mother was notified and she came to school before dismissal to pick her up. The 8th grader was asked to stay in the office until the 6th grader was gone.

Everything went smoothly. It was great. Within minutes all of the children were on their way. Another perfect dismissal.

The 8th grader was still a bit scared, though, so security walked her to the center where she goes after school.

And I went home.

Everyday should be this good.


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