Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Where Are They Now?

Open house week at KC. The stress. The formality. I'm just glad it is over.

Imagine a trumped up version of parent/teacher conferences in which the students have to rehearse and memorize an hour long presentation to demonstrate their English proficiency. Amazingly they all sat still for the entire thing.

All the kids' moms came in to watch and afterwards they had a Q&A with me which mostly consisted of me telling them how wonderful each of their students are while trying not to overshadow anyone.

It went well for the most part. The kids have come along way since I started working with them and it is nice to see the progression. I can't help but wonder what they'll be like in 20 years...when they are my age now.

I've been thinking about dropping a line to all my old elementary teachers to let them know what I've been up to. Some of them know. When I visit my parents, I see Mrs. B. at church and she still says things like 'There's my famous first grader.' Somehow, despite growing up, all of the hundreds of students she has taught are still her 'famous first graders'. I kinda like it.

Do your elementary teachers know what you grew up to be? I'm sure they'd love to hear from you.


Dad said...

More from Ben:

You may be too cunning for one, but not for all.

Three things are men most likely to be cheated in, a Horse, a Wig, & a Wife.

Poverty, Poetry & new Titles of honour make men ridiculous.

Meg said...

When I did my student teaching, my first grade teacher was teaching at the school where I was placed. It was totally weird... and cool.

d said...

What???? No new blog in the past 2 days!!!! What's going on????

He that lives well is learned enough.

He that scatters thorns, let him not go bearfoot.

Anonymous said...

I saw my first grade teacher last year at a funeral (not hers).You know she has to be old - she retired the year after I was in 1st grade and that was a bajillion years ago. She recognized me right away and was very chatty. . she looks and sounds the same except I could swear that she was much taller back in the day!

Anonymous said...

I'm sure most of my teachers, both elementary (especially 4th grade--he left town after having our class!) and high school are very surprised that I turned out to be a pretty good person! And a pretty good mom, too, if I must say so myself! I may have been famous, too, but I don't think for the same reasons as you, Will!