Archive for July, 2011

I work with children

I’ve been working with kids on and off for the past 6 years, from age 3 all the way to age 17.  Most recently, I’ve been working with kids/youth continuously since December 2009, and middle schoolers for a good portion of that.  When I tell people what I do for a living, I am met with mixed responses, many with the supposition that I must have sustained permanent brain damage at some point in order to have accepted my post.  I can’t say that I disagree with them.  But I’ve discovered that all inquiries questioning my sanity can be met with a single phrase.


Why do you have 47 paperclips in your pocket?  I work with children.

Why are you going to a job interview in men’s shorts and a t-shirt?  I work with children.

Is that paint on your face?  I work with children.

Is that jelly in your hair?  I work with children.

Is that blood on your shirt?  I work with children.

Why do you have tiki torches and hula hoops in the trunk of your car?  I work with children.

You got a bloody lip at work today?  I work with children.

Did you just laugh at a fart joke?  I work with children.

Why are you drinking wine at 10 in the morning?  I work with children.

Why haven’t you posted on your blog in four months?  I work with children.


Yes, that’s my excuse.  Some of you out there may know what I mean – when you work with children, you’re always working.  It’s 11:00 at night and I’m telling Wes about the social studies lesson I taught.  It’s 6:00 in the morning and I’m planning the week’s art activities while I brush my teeth.  It’s 8:45 pm and I’m mentally dividing my class into groups for their science project as I drive home from work.  So I may not be able to return to my blog with accounts of all the fascinating experiences I’ve had in my absence.  But I have something better.


One of the biggest challenges of teaching middle schoolers is that I’m not supposed to laugh when they say hilarious things.  I’m supposed to keep my teacher face on and continue with my lesson.  But there’s nothing stopping me from copying down their comments when they’re not looking.  And out of the classroom, I figure it’s all fair game.  Even better is that most of you guys aren’t teachers, and are in no way obligated to keep a straight face when you read these.  So, for your entertainment… the “I work with children” quote wall.  Names have been abbreviated to protect the minors from abject humiliation.


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