Trust the Greeks (ancient ones, that is) to come up with brilliant and beautiful metaphors. As I think about going back to school in a week and a half, I am reminding myself that I am “planting trees” through my students. That I will not sit in the “shade” of those trees has never bothered me. When I started teaching I was told by many older, more experienced teachers that teaching was rewarding, but that information was always offered with a sort of wry look and a verbal irony that belied the cynicism that takes many teachers who’ve lost their passion.
Along the way I’ve met a great number of other teachers, not all of them teaching in a school, who’ve reminded me why I went into teaching in the first place. I teach because I love teaching, but more than that, I enjoy watching other people learn. I like that moment when I can practically see the neurons firing, the synapses connecting for that brief second when learning happens. The “ah-ha!” moment.
I teach students, not a subject. And I’ve got a job to do.
While I waited for my daughter to get out of class a couple of days ago, I noticed this sign on the driveway of her school. I also noticed the sports car in the background. I know that it is a sports car and not a bus because it is small, silver, and has a spoiler on the back of it. I rode the school bus when I was a kid and know that a bus is huge, yellow, and does not (unless it’s in a demolition derby or some kind of school bus version of a Formula One style race) have a spoiler. My deductive reasoning skills tell me that this car is out of place.
It is also out of place not just because someone is breaking the rules but because someone at my daughter’s school drives a sports car at all. Most teachers do not drive sports cars. The obvious reason is economics, given our current rough times. The less obvious reason is that most teachers I know are sensible, reasonable people who would see little need in driving a car with more horsepower and performance capability than they could or would ever use. We’re practical people, us teachers. Sports cars aren’t practical. And…oh…I just figured it out.
This car must belong to a parent. Never mind.
Pentax K20D; Pentax M SMC 50mm; f1.7; ISO 100; 1/640 sec.