Teacher of the Month Surprise

teacher of the month

Well, I never saw this coming.  As anyone knows who speaks with me daily, or follows my blog, this has been the worst school year (schedule-wise) I’ve known in twenty-four years of teaching.  And everyone knows I’ve spent far too much time griping about it.

I entered my classroom one late afternoon about 5:00 and found it filled with balloons, congratulatory posters, and my blackboard covered with great images and sentiments.  I had been chosen Teacher of the Month.  I cannot describe how overwhelmed I was, and I guess it was good that I was alone.  I could not control my emotions as I walked about the room, looking at all the decorations and reading all the inscriptions.  I think what knocked me over was the realization that my students have gotten so little of me this year, because I’ve been spread so thin.  And then they surprise me with this.  Yes, I am overwhelmed, still.

The reason I never want to erase my blackboard is the inscription they wrote across the top:

“I hope it is true that a man can die and yet not only live in others but give them life, and not only life, but that great consciousness of life.”

–Jack Kerouac

And then the students added:  “Thank you for giving all your students that great consciousness of life every day during class.  You are a truly inspirational teacher.”

From now on, I would just like to be worthy of that.  Thanks for reading.



6 Responses to “Teacher of the Month Surprise”

  1. david slight Says:

    I’ve learned that even in the greatest moments of dispair and discouragment in my life, that if I can just hang on for just 1 more second, something good has always been just around the corner for me. There are no mistakes, David. I know this honor is well deserved. I’m proud your school and students have honored you this way!


  2. Wend Says:

    I’ve been teaching for somewhere around 12 years, counting grad school days. I keep waiting for larger signs that I am doing good by my students. I’ve never been nominated for an award, etc. My encouragement is really the occasional comment on a student response to instruction or the student who wrote on Rate My Professor that he didn’t really understand how well I’d prepared him or the method to my madness until he went to get his MBA. Then he understood. Congrats! I’m glad to meet you via Nancy Trottier.


  3. Nancy Trottier Says:

    I agree with David above, this honour is well deserved!! You are an amazing soul David and we are so blessed to have you among us on this earth! Keep on painting and keep on teaching. We will all be the better for it. Blessings from Canada my friend!


  4. Sue Kuda Says:

    Congratulations! You are incredible, and it shines through and through. Great things happen when we least expect them.


  5. lesliepaints Says:

    Congratulations, David!!!


  6. Shelley Says:

    Congratulations on your well-deserved kudos, David! That is the most beautiful blackboard I’ve ever seen.

    We may be peers, but you’ve been a teacher to me since I’ve known you. It’s not only how much knowledge you bring to your students, which is prodigious, but how much you care about that “great consciousness of life.” Your students certainly got that right. It’s in your painting, writing, music and obviously your classroom, despite a grueling schedule. Soldier on, my friend, knowing it’s never in vain. : )


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