This article was written by Andy McCall. Andy is in his 9th year teaching, and does everything to honor his little girl, Penelope, who passed last year. Check him out on his Blog or on Facebook: Penelope's Path.
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If teachers could be completely frank...
We’ve spent almost 180 days together. It seems like only yesterday, I was introducing myself and trying to figure out which one was Dan and the other Don. I still mess it up, but you understand. I just wanted to give you a few words of wisdom before you leave for summer and forget pretty much everything that came out of my mouth.
1. Only Dab when you sneeze. If you do it any time else, a worksheet will magically appear under your pillow.
2. Just to clear it up, yes you still need to learn your multiplication facts and how to regroup in subtraction because I don’t have the patience much longer to stand in line for 15 minutes at Food city again because this little girl can’t figure out how to make change when the computer goes down.
3. I taught you how to use your/you’re and their/there/they’re correctly. Remember this or you’ll get made fun of on Facebook later in life and/or your boss won’t find it too impressive in your request for a raise.
4. Throw that fidget spinner away immediately. In 15 years when you are cleaning out your room at your parent’s house you’ll find them like I did my POGS and hide them so no one knew you thought they were super cool and how you’d share them with your kids one day.
5. Don’t put that slime under your bed and forget about it. Just trust me on this one.
6. When you see me this summer it’s okay to wave from a distance. Don’t come running at me like a raging bull in a china shop. My hands are probably full of wine or beer and I can’t hug you anyway.
7. Please, every time you have a water bottle at home, flip it. Flip it so many times in front of your parents that it becomes so boring, and you get so grounded, that you never do it again! Then, like the rest of the world should do, just recycle it.
8. Read something. I don’t care what it is but don’t lose everything we worked for. This might help when you go to the beach and the sign says “NO SWIMMING” and you read “GO SWIMMING”
9. There is this new video game called “GO OUTSIDE, PLAY, GET BRUISES, and GET DIRTY”. Ask your parents where to find it. I have multiple copies in the room if you need it.
10. Just remember I love each one of you. Some I might show with high fives, and others with that “What in the World were you thinking” look on my face, daily. I’m proud of your work, whether it was National Honor Society or bottom of the fridge worthy. I gave you my best that I had every day, and I hope one day you’ll appreciate that. You are special, unique, and have a lot to offer the world. Never lose that. Instead, lose the fidget spinners. You will always be one of my kids and I will never forget that, for whatever reason that may be. Treat each other right and keep on trucking.
-Your Favorite Teacher EVER