"I just don't know how you deal with all those kids all day. I'm glad its you and not me." I think probably every educator has heard this phrase at least once from friends and family. The simple truth is that they don't know.
They don't know...
...the shouts of "Yes!" when a child finishes the facts timed test in a minute for the first time.
...the excitement on a child's face when they get the answer correct.
...the gleam in the eye of a child who can't wait to learn more about (Egypt, Electricity, Government, etc...)
...how it feels to have all the kids in the class cheer because one kid made an A (finally) on a test.
...what it looks like for kids to jump up and help someone who just spilled everything from the Battleship box.
...the confusion on little faces when they learn about Jim Crow laws and the Civil Rights Movement.
...the bursts of spontaneous laughter because the class clown said something hilarious (again).
...the concern on their faces when one child is upset, sick, or hurt.
...the encouraging things kids say to other kids when you least expect it.
...the fun we have singing "Happy Birthday" 26 times a year.
...the "Aha!" moments.
...the memories we make together each day.
They don't know...But I do.