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If you haven't noticed from my whooping and hollering in the hall, the high fives with former students and the big smile on my face every day, I'm pretty excited about school starting. I'm something of a school geek. I wake up in the morning thinking about what I'm going to do that day and fall asleep at night reflecting on the day.
And here's my little secret
I sometimes think I've failed you.
Sometimes I feel like a dog and pony show. I'm there for your entertainment, but am I really getting through to you? I can make sure you pass the class. I can help you write wonderful speeches, create six-word memoirs, and understand theme in a story. By the time you leave my class you'll learn to deal with nerves, create a portfolio of your writing, and have your own idea of who was responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet.
What else is there you ask?
Passion. Curiosity. Imagination. Stamina.
I want you to have a burning desire to make your world a better place and a willingness to help those around you.
I want you to create works of wonder, even if no one sees it but you.
I want you to stand up and speak your mind when the bullies of the world try to quiet you.
I want you to know that anything worthwhile sometimes starts with failure and you have to try again and again to succeed. And sometimes, even when you think you know it all, you stop and start over again because something still isn't quite right.
I want you to know that learning doesn't end with a diploma.
I want you to leave my room with a passion for something that will carry you through the dark days and make the sunny ones shine a bit brighter. If this turns out to be your job in the future, even better.
In order to do this, I need your help.
I need you to say. Mrs. Day, I don't understand. Can you show me one more time?
I need you to point things out. That's just not right. There's an easier way to do this.
I need to you to question me. Why are we doing this? When will I ever use this? What difference will this make in my world?
I need you to want to learn.
I need to know if something is stopping you from that learning.
And if we work together, we will work wonders.