If I Were Teacher For A Day

If I were teacher for a day,

homework would be handed out, then–thrown right in the trash! And every worksheet ever made, and to be made, is banned in my class.

If I were teacher for a day,

kids could bring in toys and play all day. But adults must sit at a desk; and they can’t move unless I say.

If I were teacher for a day,

the Smartboard would be used for games–Fortnite, Minecraft, Escape the Maze. Disagree, and twenty-three kids will call you lame.

If I were teacher for a day,

lunch would be anytime you please. Oh, what’s for lunch, you ask?–Pizza, with extra-extra cheese.

Recess would be all the time, if I were teacher for a day. And you can go outside whenever you want–even when it rains.

If I were teacher for a day,

you could do whatever you want! You can dance on your desk, make farts with your butt. You can spit on your tests, and silly walk with a strut.

What else would I do if I taught for a day? Hm, let’s see…

I’d treat every kid the same: girl or boy, white or black, short or tall, skinny or fat. There would be no unkind words, no verbal attacks. I’d listen to everyone, ’cause we all have important things to say. And I wouldn’t judge a soul. I’d only lift them up, and their spirits will be raised. Because…

if I were teacher for a day, I’d be the leader–I’d be the change!

17 thoughts on “If I Were Teacher For A Day

  1. …count me in, teach – my favourite education quote is “The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows” by Sydney J Harris… I think he would approve your class and poem 🙂

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    1. Thank you for the comment. But I have to kindly disagree. Who’s to say what teaching is or isn’t?

      If discipline is the main focus, there could be repercussions. Of course, it needs to be present, but there will be no learning if there is a constant fear of discipline.
      And understanding life is a constant learning-process that happens in so many ways; and there are times when an enabler is all you need.

      To say teaching is about one or two things would be doing doing the occupation an injustice. There are several, almost insurmountable at times, variables that make up a good teacher.

      No matter what teaching is, this was written from the perspective of a kid. And in my experience, a child has yet to name discipline as their top priority if they were teacher for a day. Although, many have said that there shouldn’t be any discipline, at all lol.

      I really appreciate your comment, and I hope to hear from you again.

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      1. And I am happy that you do – this is how dialogue is born. Well, I argue that teachers are the ones who should say what learning is or isn’t – it’s their job after all.
        I agree there’s no right way. There won’t be one – the balance between discipline and carefree atmosphere is almost unattainable; not to mention that every child is an individual with his own values, culture, dreams and thoughts – every child reacts differently to different teaching methods and ideally every child should have their own teacher – but this is a dream;
        and this is disturbing that simple human values, social norms that are the basis of discipline are something that warrants fear.
        Anyway, I’m not surprised that a child don’t see a need in discipline – they are creative and free, which is good and should be nurtured, but, unfortunately (or not) there’s a society out there that lives by strict rules, and like it or not – school is the way to understand its working, and prepare them for the adult world, where discipline is harsh and unforgiving – that’s what I think anyway.
        p.s. I truly liked the work, though. That’s a fun way to spend the day.
        Best,
        Liz

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      2. Liz, thank you for your thorough description. Now that I see your explanation, I can say that I agree with the majority of what you say.

        Sadly, teachers don’t have much say on education. Isn’t that strange? And even more perplexing is, kids don’t have much of a say.

        And yes, I agree with your thoughts on discipline. But I believe it has to come with a purpose, and out of love.
        From my observation and studies, fear comes from discipline that is unjust, and discipline that has no explanation (poor dialogue). If that is the case, it has a high impact on one’s working memory.

        It sounds like we have similar thoughts. I’m so glad you responded!

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      3. How could I not? Education is my favorite theme and very close to my heart.
        Yes, it is strange. I think teachers, their students and parents ( to some degree) should be the ones to decide what and how and when…but, as I said, it’s a beautiful dream.
        I agree with your thoughts on discipline. I think, like many concepts it got twisted and mutilated along the way – people abused it throughly and now – now we get what we get. Plus, recent “innovations” in education make me think that the system has no need in creative, smart and self-efficient individuals – it asks for obeying and standard thinking – go with a flow or “die”. Surely, after such “education” the person grows to “fear” the “power”, instead of trusting and relying on it. What to do and how to avoid it – I’m afraid we’ll never know, unless, we start from the scratch.
        Best,
        Liz

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  2. The world needs more teachers like you. In my experience, institutions use fear as a tool to make students do what they are assigned. Silly rules are required to be followed. Upon violation, students are subjected to “punishment”. Oh, and I love the way you tagged “horror”. I am looking forward to read more of your amazing blogs.

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    1. It’s my pleasure! And thanks for following back. I’m glad you like it here: I made it all myself.

      Oh, wow, that’s amazing! I grew up in a private Christian school, and I’d love to be a novelist one day. I hope to hear from you again.
      Very nice meeting you, M. Jean.

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