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I HAD A DREAM

I had a dream last night…

I know dreams aren’t always as they appear…

this one had me teaching……and I’ve been retired for 6 years.

 

For me to remember a dream…is extraordinarily rare

and I don’t remember this entire dream…just bits and pieces here and there.

 

When I awoke on the other side of my dream…ready to begin my day

I had to stop and wonder what my dream was trying to say.

 

Perhaps it was reminding me…trying to make me comprehend

that even in retirement…teaching never ends.

 

That there is always someone out there…someone I can reach

someone with whom to share my wisdom…someone I can teach.

 

Another reason for my dream was easy to discern…

to remind me I will always be a student…who has a lot to learn.

 

Reminding me in life through adventures big and small

no teacher…no person in this world…

ever knows it all.

 

Reminding me in life…through my successes and my flops

if I’m lucky…if I’m truly blessed

my learning never stops

 

Reminding me wherever I go…east, west, north or south…

A good teacher is one whose ears…get as much exercise as their mouth…

 

Yes, I had a dream last night…

that I was still teaching

and still learning too…

and I woke up this morning realizing…

 

that dream keeps coming true.


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ERICS TREE

I pass it every time Ava has a home volleyball game 

and It makes me wonder about fate..

It’s a tree…growing outside my old classroom…planted in 1988.

 

It was for one of my Autistic students that this one tree came to be…

A wonderful student, his name was Eric…he had muscular dystrophy.

 

When Eric first entered my class…he walked on his tip toes…with great care.

Eventually his muscular dystrophy would put him in a wheel chair.

 

But he also entered with a reputation…I was told…all he did was cry…

and it drove everyone around him crazy because they couldn’t discover why?

 

I was told he could say a few words but as far as learning he was much too slow

I would come to find out it wasn’t Eric but our expectations that were low..

 

One day on a trip to the store…

(I’d strap him in the passenger seat of my van before we would depart)

I hadn’t driven very far when I heard him say…”K-Mart”.

 

As I drove and listened that day my thinking about Eric redefined…

He wasn’t just sayin random words…he was reading all the signs!

 

That day I learned if I listen to my students…sometimes they will lead…

for next to me sat the boy so slow…he had taught himself to read!

 

He couldn’t hold a pencil but he could write…in my heart and soul I knew it

so I found an old electric typewriter and wheeled Eric to it.

 

He commenced to typing us little messages…

and though his sentence structure was chopped

he began to smile a little more and we noticed his crying completely stopped.

 

Okay…it didn’t stop completely…but he didn’t cry as much

as his fingers walked along the keyboard and he found the letters he wanted to touch.

 

It was a minor breakthrough 

he was still limited by his understanding and his muscular dystrophy…

but just so watch him smile as he typed…was good enough for me…

 

Muscular dystrophy, however, was immune to Eric’s charms…

and one night on summer vacation…he died in his mothers arms…

 

The staff and students of the school in order to commemorate his memory…

outside the last classroom he ever attended…planted him this tree.

 

And that’s why I think of fate every time I pass in front of Eric’s tree…

Thankful not only for what I saw in him…

 

but for what he saw in me.


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A NEW SCHOOL YEAR BEGINS

Now that teachers are heading back to their classrooms…

now that their students are returning

It’s time to think about all the teaching that will occur this year

It’s time to ponder all the learning….

 

It’s time for each student to try their hardest to learn

As they become a classroom member…

And it’s time for teachers, and all of us who were students,

to look back…and to remember….

 

To remember how lucky are we that in our lives

we often find it prudent….

to sometimes be the teacher…

while other times…the student.

 

That around every corner

over every hill 

and around every turn…

we discover opportunities to teach…

as well as opportunities to learn.

 

And if we’re lucky… truly lucky

as this magical orb keeps turning

we understand when we should be teaching…

 

and when we should be learning.




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Knowing When

When I look around my life

it's easy for me to see…

sometimes I am a student…

other times…

a teacher I will be.

 

When I don’t have all the answers

I’m a student…to be reached.

When I have a certain answer, 

and I’m asked…

then I will teach.

 

One key to life, for me,

is easy to discern…

It’s knowing when to teach…

 

and knowing when to learn.


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