Having Each Other’s Back

I arrived in one of the classrooms where I co-teach (as an ESL teacher, I “push in” to seven different classrooms each week) this afternoon right when the students who had been in the room for reading were transitioning back to their home room. It was obvious it had not been a good day. The teacher was dealing with one behavior issue, and I stepped in to deal with another as unkind words flew between two students.

When the switch was complete and the students were in their seats, we began the lesson. The classroom teacher sat at the desk to regroup. The students got engaged in analyzing a student writing sample to find topic words and academic vocabulary (trying a lesson activity from a workshop by Dr. Kate Kinsella at my recent trip to NABE). Things quieted down in the classroom. At the end of my thirty minutes as I collected student papers, the other teacher slid a paper under the stack, letting me know it was something for me. I sneaked a peek to see a poem with the heading “You make a difference.” As the smile broke across my face, my fellow teacher whispered, “You saved my sanity today,” and calmly took over the class.

And there you have it, we were colleagues today.

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6 Responses to Having Each Other’s Back

  1. Tim Gels says:

    So much love for this!

  2. Book Dragon says:

    What a delightful gift to receive that poem. The work you do is valuable and your colleague saw you and your worth.

  3. JudyK /J Koval says:

    Wow! What a boost for you! And such a thoughtful teacher…. 🙂 ~JudyK

  4. arjeha says:

    High praise coming from a colleague. Good for you.

  5. mrsday75 says:

    Isn’t it nice when we can back each other up like that? High five to you!

  6. This slice is no surprise! But what a special moment.

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