Heather summed up many teachers’ feelings on Friday.
And this is how we all felt late Sunday night/early Monday morning:
And here we are.
Starting today until the end of the strike, I will head to the picket line, reflecting on what I’m missing everyday…
- I will miss holding the door for students as I enter the school
- I will miss watching students hurry inside, to hold the next set of doors open for me
- I will miss students saying “Hi”, or “Good morning!” and waving to me as I walk through the halls to the office
- I will miss exchanging head nods in the hallway with the “cool kids”
- I will miss seeing my mailbox empty in the morning (no “On Call” sheets)
- I will miss trolling my students
- I will miss smart pranks played on me by my students
- I will miss figuring out the pranks
- I will miss making up silly rules for my class
- I will miss ranting off topic during lessons
- I will miss looking for the ringing phone in the middle of a lesson
- I will miss suppressing laughter when students say inappropriate things
- I will miss the times when students stay in their seats even when the bell rings because they were concentrating on their work
- I will miss when students start packing 15 minutes before the bell rings
- I will miss making students unpack their stuff again until the bell rings
- I will miss “Have a nice day, sir” as they walk out the classroom
- I will miss the different time zones and climates in our (almost) 50 year old school
- I will miss students pretending to put their phones/hats/food away in the hallway
- I will miss pretending to not see them do it
- I will miss learning from my students
- Most of all, I will miss providing the best education possible for my students
But the proposed changes by the government and school boards threaten the working and learning conditions for myself, my colleagues, and my students. That is unacceptable.
And that’s why I’ll be on strike, focused on my goals amid the chaos around me.