Wednesday, April 2, 2008

A teacher will understand

In 45 minutes, I
Check my messages
Respond to an email
(and delete 17 others)
Make copies of today’s math test
Count money for the fundraiser
Fix the zipper on a coat
Call a parent
Call another parent
Correct a bunch of papers
Write a note home
Count out 14 sets of plastic money
And wipe up the mess by the pencil sharpener

Eat a handful of almonds
And chew very fast
Take two or more gulps of my cold coffee
Go to the bathroom
Then speed walk to the other
End of the building
(almost a mile away!)
To pick up my kids
Return to class

And teach.

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