As usual during this blogging challenge, the prompts are making me stop to think about aspects of my teaching activity that I had never really bothered to think about before. So, here I am, going through my daily life at school and trying to identify, not only the good parts, but the one that stands out among the rest. Such a difficult task!
There are great moments during the day that would certainly enter my TOP 3 on a list: having a coffee with a colleague, the laughter and the fun in class, or the thrill just before you get into the classroom with something new. But there is one sound that is invading my thoughts right now and makes a great tune for my number one: the school bell. Surely, the bell ringing at the end of day is a fine moment for me.
I know it may sound puzzling, but I have a couple of strong reasons apart from the obvious “a hard day’s work is done, and it’s time to rest (which doesn’t necessarily happen, anyway)”. It’s because even on a good day, the sense of satisfaction and relief are not that easily felt when the classroom is a hive of activity; you really need to pause sometimes and separate yourself from what is going on in order to appreciate how influential an event can be in your life.
At work I spend most of the time rushing up and down the stairs, chatting here, meeting somebody there, monitoring the students and trying not to lose track of anything. In the hurry to get everything done, I may not be fully aware that it is happening: that something is working, and that I am lucky to be surrounded by wonderful people, great professionals, and willing learners.
When the bell rings, all the activity slows down, and students get ready to leave. I tidy my desk, and silence gradually takes over in the classroom. And it is at that moment, just before I switch off the lights, that I sometimes find myself thinking “Wow! Aren’t you a lucky devil? Tomorrow…more!”