ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL: So for the time being, all teachers will devote class time to teaching language arts sample questions. Now if you turn to page eleven, please, I have some things I want to go over with you.

ROLAND “PREZ” PRYZBYLEWSKI: I don’t get it, all this so we score higher on the state tests? If we’re teaching the kids the test questions, what is it assessing in them?

TEACHER: Nothing, it assesses us. The test scores go up, they can say the schools are improving. The scores stay down, they can’t.

PREZ: Juking the stats.

TEACHER: Excuse me?

PREZ: Making robberies into larcenies, making rapes disappear. You juke the stats, and majors become colonels. I’ve been here before.

TEACHER: Wherever you go, there you are.

—  The Wire - Season 4, Episode 9 “Know Your Place” (2006)

thesouthcarolinablanketseal-dea  asked:

I'm a teacher in training and I love your blog! Yesterday I had a pretty bad day in the classroom, so I decided to scroll tumblr and one of your posts made me remember that the good days will probably be remembered more. Thanks for the inspiration!

Hi thesouthcarolinablanketseal,

I’ve found that with teaching it’s incredibly difficult to stay focused on the positive outcomes because our jobs are filled with so much administrative crap and things that will depress the hell out of you (like when you see kids skipping lunch because their parents don’t have the funds that week to supply a healthy meal for their child).  But I’ve found that keeping a journal in which I record all the things that happen to me in the classroom has helped immensely.  Back in 2010 when I was trying to decide if I should return to teaching after an 8-year break, it was my journal entries that reminded me of how good it all was.  (And watching Mr. “Prez” Pryzbylewski interact with his students in The Wire.)  

So I highly recommend you do the same.  Just keep a little journal in your desk and at the end of the day, take a breath and remind yourself of all the good things you did and heard in your classrooms.  And whenever you feel disheartened, you’ll have a little book of memories reminding you of your impact on the people who look up to you.

Thanks for your message and I’m glad you find this blog inspiring.