I said yes.
I agreed that I would appear on the podcast and describe a mistake I’ve made in my teaching career.
I have made mistakes. for sure.
Many mistakes were made. for sure.
But what am I going to talk about? Publicly.
I’m drawing a blank. I’m already nervous that I simply won’t know what to say.
I have yelled at kids. I have shamed individual children. I have nearly missed a class because I got confused about my schedule. I have abandoned my plan and let the kids play what they wanted to play. I have been stingy with praise. I have gotten stuck on one or two negatives and let those carry the day. I have been dressed down by a parent about a report card comment I wrote that they felt was too negative. I have been inconsistent and unfair on some days. I have cut class 3 minutes short because I was tired.
So plenty of bads. Plenty.
But I also know that I have apologized to students when I was angry and my behavior was poor. I let kids know that they are valued and worthy. I do love what I get to do. I get to see a lot of smiles. Most children are eager to get to my class. I have had bad days, bad lessons but never a completely bad week or bad year. There’s always recovery and bouncing back and kindness that appears when I least expect it.
The host emphasized being vulnerable. I think I may be good at that.