Caution…the following post may contain my actual writing voice instead of my academic voice and I apologize for the confusions.
Laughter is sometimes all I need to get through my teaching day. The reality is that sometimes I just can’t do it anymore and the thoughts in my head just come out in a blur of inappropriate sitcom quips. Not regular tv sitcom quips but more like cable based programming.
High School is rough. Even as an educator it can take a toll on you but this past weekend was a moment where I could laugh at myself. My wonderful sister in law invited me along for a comedy show featuring Eddie B.
It is a take on what teachers really say. Although some may see it as an afront to our profession but it really is no different than other pages that vent about customer service. The reality is that most teachers are overworked and even though we do get a multitude of breaks throughout the year; it can become emotionally draining in helping prepare students for the real world.
On this night though, I laughed because I have thought some of these things before. I have been cussed out, threatened, and been degraded by studetns because the profession of teaching has been dismantled as a position of importance.
On this night, we laughed because sometimes we forget how to see the humor in our situations. Sometimes, we forget that we are guiding indivduals to become functioning members of our society.
Laughter heals everything and it is in those moments of humor that we know why we do it. We know why we teach.
Even when everyday students drop out no matter how many times you try to tell them to stay.
Even when they fail and you are there to tell them to push forward, head held high.
Even when they cuss at you.
You stay like a statue. Every day is new. Every day there is humor.
Sometimes you just need to laugh. We are adding a Salty Teachers segment to our blog and a new podcast coming in June. This site will also be changing in the next month in order to bring you high quality instruction, workshops, laughter, and professional development.
Tell us what you think needs to be addressed in education and if you need a good laugh check out Eddie B.