[Response to Chapter 2 of BPR’s “Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise into Practice”]
“Favorite teachers can save lives” (16).
I think this quote from the chapter pretty much summarizes my thoughts and feelings after reading. Many have given me a hard time for wanting to teach. Even more wonder why I want to work in an urban setting where hope is already lost for many of the students.
Yes, I know I can’t “save” all of my students. And I know I can’t change them as well. But I do hope that maybe, just maybe I can open their eyes to something new. That maybe they will walk away with just a little something. Or realize that there is more to English than just reading and writing. Yet, the most important thing I hope they would walk away with would be that someone does care.
Teaching is a lot harder than most people realize, but I think the rewards of helping maybe even just one student see what he or she can accomplish is what makes it all worthwhile.