Monday, March 21, 2011

How Do Teachers Do This Everyday?

or A Substitute Relearns Basic Algebra

Not many of you should become teachers
James 3:1

these kids pile in
with bad dye jobs
terrible music
blasting from
oversized headphones
thumbs racing
over fancy phones

they expect me to be okay with the title

they expect me to pronounce names
in languages I've never heard

they expect me to remember how to
find the slope of a line
solve for x
graph equations

they're dumbfounded
when I fail to meet expectations

still, when I do remember how to
find the slope of a line
and carefully explain
to the one student in class
actually working on the assignment
and she says:
I get it
in an honest tone
I think I understand

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