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It's that time of year again.

Caps & gowns adorn the auditoriums around the country; teachers close up their classrooms for the summer, with both joy and sadness; kids everywhere rejoice at their (temporary) freedom; and parents wonder how the HELL they're going to cope between now and August.

My mom was a teacher. A very dedicated teacher, like I suspect teacherken, and many other Kossacks are. She didn't just stand in front of classroom and present lesson plans. She put her heart and soul into it...Everyday...And many nights & weekends as well.

A lot of people don't realize what teachers go through...What they sacrifice for their chosen vocation. I do. And so I want to take a minute today, as the school year winds down, to salute the many Kossack Teachers who work so hard to "reach" our children, and try to instill knowledge and skills that will serve them for the rest of their lives.

THANK YOU, for all that you do!

OK, that was pretty sappy, so let's lighten the mood a bit. Here's a little educator humor that I'm sure most of you (teachers) can relate to. I know my mom would be ROFLHAO!

YOU MIGHT BE (or have been) A TEACHER IF.....

1. You believe the playground should be equipped with a Ritalin salt lick.

2. You want to slap the next person who says, "Must be nice to work 8 to 3:20 and have summers free.

3. You can tell if it's a full moon without looking outside.

4. You believe "shallow gene pool" should have its own check box on a report card.

5. You believe that unspeakable evils will befall you if anyone says, "Boy, the kids sure are mellow today."

6. When out in public, you feel the urge to snap your fingers at children you do not know and correct their behavior.

7. You have no social life between August and June.

8. Marking all A's on report cards would make your life SO easy.

9. You think people should be required to get a government permit before being allowed to reproduce.

10. You wonder how some parents ever MANAGED to reproduce.

11. You laugh uncontrollably when people refer to the staff room as the "lounge."

12. You encourage an obnoxious parent to check into charter schools or home schooling.

13. You can't have children because there's no name you could give a child that wouldn't bring on high blood pressure the moment you heard it.

14. You think caffeine and chocolate should be available in intravenous form.

15. You know you are in for a major project when a parent says, "I have a great idea I'd like to discuss. I think it would be such fun."

16. Meeting a child's parent instantly answers the question, "Why is this kid like this?"

Have a great summer. You've earned it. And if you're retiring this year, thank you for devoting your life to our future.

Mike

[EDIT: (5/21/2006 1:39PM Central) Title Changed]

Originally posted to Da Buddy on Sun May 21, 2006 at 10:43 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (14+ / 0-)

    My favorite story:

    After several years away, with little ones at home, mom returned to teaching in a small town high school. The typewriters in her classroom were ancient.

    She knew, from being a secretary in a nearby factory, that she couldn't properly prepare her students for the work world without updating EVERYTHING.

    So, being the feisty soul that she was, she marched down to the School Board and proceeded to BROW BEAT them into submission.

    The next year (1969) her classroom had all new IBM Selectrics, new Dictaphone Dictagraph machines, etc. She single-handedly revolutionized that school's Business Vocational Program.

    I was very proud of her.

    NSA stands for Neocons Spying on Americans

    by Da Buddy on Sun May 21, 2006 at 10:42:52 AM PDT

  •  thanks (6+ / 0-)
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    Da Buddy, cfk, Unduna, JanL, Jordan LFW, nonnie9999

    Your beginning might be sentimental, but I've never gotten tired of hearing it!  I loved your list, especially #13!

    Sainthood no, but CEO and prof athlete type salaries yes!

  •  Thanks! (5+ / 0-)
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    Da Buddy, cfk, JanL, Jordan LFW, nonnie9999
    Funny list, too.

    "In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder, a secret order." Carl Jung

    by Unduna on Sun May 21, 2006 at 01:21:14 PM PDT

  •  Want to appreciate teachers? (4+ / 0-)
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    Da Buddy, cfk, JanL, nonnie9999

    Write a post about your favorite teacher.  Share with the world.
    NoGreatTeachersLeftBehind.com

  •  Thanks!! I love the list ! (4+ / 0-)
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    Da Buddy, JanL, Jordan LFW, nonnie9999

    First, my dad was a teacher as was my aunt and uncle.

    Then, I went to a small school K-12 and had many good and many great teachers. Same with college.

    Then, I taught day school for eight years before I had my children and took time off. My husband is also a teacher.

    I subbed for every grade while having and raising my three children, I participated voluntarily in many school projects, and I learned what it meant to be a parent on the other side of number 16.  :)

    Finally, I spent 17 years teaching night school and retired two years ago.

    I believe I have seen it all...lolololol.

    I salute all the teachers here and in our world.
    Blessings on you all!!!  

    May summer refresh you, may you not have too many college classes to take, may you not have to teach summer school, but blessings if you do, may you get to travel for fun and bring back many great experiences to share.

     

  •  Teachers In My Family (4+ / 0-)
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    Da Buddy, cfk, JanL, nonnie9999

    My sister is a 3rd grade teacher.  My best friend is a 2nd grade teacher, and both of her parents are also teachers.  I hear quite a large number of things about what being a teacher is like, and how screwy it all is.  So, I, too, have to join in the saying of "Thank You" to the teachers in our country.  They most definitely are overworked, underpaid, and underappreciated.  But I certainly appreciate everything they do.

    There is so much truth to that list of 16 "might be a teacher if..." statements, especially numbers 2, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, and 16.

    Thanks for posting this; I've emailed it to my sister and my best friend.  I imagine they'll get a kick out of it.

  •  loads of respect... (2+ / 0-)
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    Da Buddy, cfk

    from a student for any teacher who makes class fun, enjoyable, and beneficial!

    And even some for Mr. E, who scared me into doing homework everyday in 6th grade. Old habits die hard! ;)

    -Jordan Wells
    -6.38, -4.77
    High School Deaniac

    by Jordan LFW on Sun May 21, 2006 at 06:53:24 PM PDT

  •  I'm a lunch lady and totally respect (2+ / 0-)
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    Da Buddy, cfk

    and understand what the teachers in our school deal with.

    You roque!!!

    Man who live in glass house wear pajama.

    by sylvien on Sun May 21, 2006 at 07:11:21 PM PDT

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