I am going to let y'all in on a little secret ( I can't never hold water, and I am a natural born snitch).
If you want to get a teacher in their feelings, all you have to do is tell them one of the following...
YOU GUYS GET PAID BETTER THAN MOST PEOPLE.
ALL YOU DO IS TEACH.
I WILL NOT EVEN DRAG Y'ALL THROUGH THE DRAMA OF WHAT ALL WE DO BESIDES TEACHING.
I will say I've always felt the biggest thing we do as educators is build relationships. Teaching should be number one though, right?
The times have changed since I graduated in 2008. We are expected to teach the whole child-- their brain, heart, soul-- everything. We wear lots of hats and wind up playing teacher, mom, sister, friend, and worst enemy. And I cannot deny...
Sometimes that's draining. We have to wipe our emotions off our sleeves and show the fuck up for them.
I feel when I was in high school, we turned in our worksheets, never talked to teachers, and that was that. And sadly, it's a running joke in Beaufort to say, "You know you went to Creek" as an insult to our intelligence and education instilled at BC prior to the Whale Branch split.
I never want that to be a running joke for my students.
They know shit. They are everything.
I went to TCL and USCB and I was even illy unprepared for those local colleges. I cannot image the horror if I'd left home and went to a large university-- I'd have flunked out.
I asked a handful of old classmates what they felt they got out of attending school at Creek and they had assorted answers.
All we did was learn books. Stuff I read back then almost doesn't pertain to life today and come to find out many books were missing valued information (as well as pages).
I feel like I was prepared enough for the next level which was college. It was then that I started to prepare myself for what was out there in the real world. During college is when I began taking on real responsibilities that would prepare me to handle life on my own.
I was unprepared as far as from what I learned from Creek. High school was like a pass or fail class in college. Show up you pass. Don't you fail. If you learn something in the process great. If not, ehh no big deal you don't really need it anyway.
I don't feel like I was prepared for college but I don't feel it was creeks job to prepare me for the real world. I think it didn't shelter me that's for sure. That I appreciate. I was exposed to things but I don't think I was prepared for the real world and going to college really help me figure out who I was, who I wanted to be, and where I wanted to be.
I didn't learn anything there, like dead serious. I B.S.-ed my way through high school copying other people's work. Social skills were on us to figure out and life skills... (Hell, I didn't even know about ACT/SAT until 12th grade). By then, I felt it was too late. Honestly, nobody seemed to care man, for real, so I didn't!
I learned the most from Ms. Peebles (the chemistry teacher) I learned a lot because her class was the most challenging for me. I got a 19 on my first test, and that made me hit the books, Stay after school to understand, and she used the smart board a lot. Plus the experiments were hands on and I'm a hands on learner so... Socially, I learned how to hang around everyone. I didn't have any specific group but could talk to just about everyone because of all the extracurricular activities.
I THEN DECIDED TO ASK A HANDFUL OF MY PREVIOUS STUDENTS WHO'VE ALL GRADUATED IN 2015, 2016, AND 2017 TWO QUESTIONS.
1. WHAT'S A TIME I MADE YOU ANGRY/UPSET IN CLASS?
2. WHAT'S THE MOST VALUABLE THING YOU GOT FROM MY CLASS?
You see, I was unashamed and even asked for some criticism here with question number one.
I did this reluctantly, as I know I have pissed off many, many, many, many (many to infinity) of my students.
They do not always like my blunt words and direct voice blaring towards them.
I've heard chatter that I am a "bitch." Blah Blah. You right. My ex-husband could have told you that.
They could have truly roasted me in that aspect, but most decided to answer number two.
I asked for permission to use their first name and pictures, so you could get a vibe of their sweet soul as reading their words.
SO MEET MY SWEET (AND NOT SO SWEET) STUDENT BABIES AND THEIR OPINIONS ON WHAT THEY "GOT" OUT OF SITTING THROUGH ENGLISH 4 WITH HOMIE SNOWDEN. (OR A TIME I PISSED THEM OFF TO THE MAX, BECAUSE YOU KNOW...)
Mousey was never my student. She was the captain of my step team-- and I just supervised. She ran that team. We grew up together as kids-- she was at my parents house sharing everything Jade and I did for years on end. I love her.
Also, this is the longest