My first day of practice teaching elicited this mood level which has remained valid through the trials of further experiences in teaching over the years:
Show me, teacher, you love me,
But remember to make it real.
When I ask things I want to know
So tell me in ways I can feel
I want you to tell me I’m smart – but only if it’s true.
I want my paper to say “Very Good”– but only if you should.
You said you trusted me, so I gave it back . . .
You said you knew you could depend on me, and I said,
“Hey, people shouldn’t oughta steal.”
Look at my eyes when I try you – if you can still care I might lay off.
Tell me how to do things one more time, and please don’t forget to tell me I can.
Show me, teacher, you love me . . . but remember to make it real.
Copyright 1971 by Hildra Tague. Obtain author’s permission for use online or in print.
A Meditation for Teachers I’ve used in some Presentations:
Think for a moment on the purpose of a school.
Maybe it includes not just skills and knowledge, but developing motivation and techniques of acquiring new skills when needed.
Maybe it includes learning to get along with others as they find their purpose in daily life.
Now use these things as a backdrop in reaching toward finding your role in the classroom.