Today, I Will Judge
Well, friends, it’s that time of year again. The time to make false promises to ourselves that this year, we will leave our classrooms early to get to the gym.This year we will be totally on top of all our paperwork. This year we will greet our little friends with a smile and a positive attitude every day. Yes, I said every day…even those days when you accidentally leave your coffee untouched on the kitchen counter and must forge on sans caffeine. I mean, talk about a resolution!
My infamous resolution is to “be more positive in (insert year here).” So far it’s been negativity 4, Mrs. Mimi 0, but who’s counting?
What can I say? A solid dose of negativity combined with a dash of snarky is the way of my people. That and an unreal love of all things cheese. My sister and I try to be better people. We raise our hands to our hearts and pledge, “today, I will not judge.”. Again, so far we’ve only got the pledging part down, but baby steps, my peeps, baby steps.
However, this year THIS YEAR, Mrs. Mimi is feeling a little crazy. I’m all, “Let’s mix it up this year, eh?”.
Friends, today I will judge.
Ta dah! Quite the resolution, no?
I am going to judge what is best for teachers and, ultimately, what is best for children. Because, in my humble albeit outspoken and in your face opinion, what nurtures the souls and minds of gifted teachers will nurture the souls and minds of children. It’s not all about the kids and it’s not all about the teachers. It’s all about the culture of the school and relationships.
I am going to judge others when they make remarks about my job as they awkwardly straighten their ties, realizing that they have no business speaking with their lack of classroom experience but refusing to keep their mouths shut all the same.
I am going to judge the new-fangled snap-your-fingers-and-everyone-learns approach to teaching. If it dumbs down my work, it’s a no go. If it makes me feel like I’m a trained seal? That’s a no too. And if it makes learning about as interesting as watching paint dry, I’m going to have to pass on that too.
Finally, I’m going to judge teachers. Who is rocking it in their classrooms and who is just getting by? Who is bringing us down with their “but my contract says” and their refusal to work hard (and therefore should be ashamed of themselves)? And who could use a helping hand because this work is balls out HARD?
So, welcome to the judgement zone, my lovely readers. Somehow, I think this is going to be a banner year for resolutions….
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