What “this” is…

This was the first week back to school with the students and I am utterly exhausted this evening. There was a glimmer today of a real connection between us. There was a glimmer today of something real.

We had finished the work I had planned for class and were just hanging out and talking–about Obama’s speech, about truth, about 9/11, about our own brushes with the famous. It was relaxed and comfortable, insightful and funny, laid back and informational, surprising, personal, and engaging. A glimmer of the possibilities the year holds for us.

Before JG left the classroom she said, “Can we do this everyday?”

“Hmm..,” I said, sincerely wondering, perhaps even marveling at what “this” is.

I wished her a good weekend and began packing up my books, papers, computer, lunch containers. A colleague stopped by to ask me a favor. I put chairs back under tables, picked up stray papers, pencils, pens, and shut the lights.

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9 Responses to What “this” is…

  1. You left me hanging. Nice written piece, nice ending, THIS must be wonderful.

  2. That has got to be an amazing feeling. Sure, you must be beyond exhausted, but you are changing these kids lives for the positive…they are engaged and happy to be sharing. I wonder how many times someone listens to them at home? Congratulations on an incredible first week. Between the Bu-Da and this, I’d say you were quite successful. How lucky those kids are to have a teacher like you!

  3. Maybe “this” is what we should have done instead of “that” in Kovler!

  4. Jerome Bloom says:

    THE

    LIGHTS

    ARE

    NEVER

    OUT

  5. Jerome Bloom says:

    REMEMBER

    FLASHLIGHT

    THE

    UNDERTHE COVERS

    ONE

    THAT WAS

    NEVEREALLY

    OUT

    EVENWHEN

    BATTERIES

    FAILED

    PARENTS

    SHOWEDUP

  6. Jerome Bloom says:

    DID YOU EVER
    ASKFORMORE
    BATTERIES

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