Teaching High School: Senior Slump

So many days I come home thinking over the events of the day. I think about my fragile students and wonder, “Was I gentle enough? Did I strike the right balance between challenging and caring?”

I think of one who has a problem with procrastination and didn’t finish his work and wonder, “Was I wise with my counselling?”

I think of those who are struggling, and I wonder, “Am I causing too much stress?” Did I smile enough? Did I listen to the important words?

And then I think of the one who told me a Chemistry joke he made up, because he wanted me to laugh with him.

And I remember the other who got into MIT, and wanted to celebrate with me.

I think “Today was a good day. I should rest. I will need my strength tomorrow.”

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Stacy Brasfield

Stacy Brasfield

High school teacher, Kitchen Chemist, Mother, Explorer, Intellectual novelty seeker, Feminist