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 03, 2007



with apologies to George Gershwin

And the living is easy
Schools are quiet
Treea are budding
Your teacher's sleeping
Your principal's watching a movie
I said hush little child
Dont you sigh

One of these days
You're going to jump up reading
Then you'll spread your arms
And take on the sky
But til that day
Nothings going to harm you
Your teacher's standing by.

Oh, wait, it's just spring vacation.But it’s only for a week. Oh, if it could only be summer—

And the good news: Six substitute teachers on Friday and not one problem at all. Oh, someone pulled the fire alarm on the first floor and then someone did the same thing on the second floor—but that was the only problem—and at dismissal only one parent went off—OK, so there were problems, but my day ran as smooth as melting ice on a hockey rink.

No discipline problems and great discussions.

Now spring vacation starts.

And guess what? I already miss my students.



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