Yesterday, all of the teachers in the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board were on their one day rotating strike. This blog post is not about politics though. It’s not an in-depth look at Bill 115. It is about what happened when I was on the picket line.
As I walked in circles for three hours yesterday, I spent lots of time talking to different teachers at the school. We didn’t talk about what we did on the weekend though, or about our holiday plans — we talked about school. We spoke about our classroom programs, and what we think we’re doing well, and what we think we need to change. We exchanged ideas. Many of us spoke about resources we use in the classroom, and what we’re going to continue to use, and what we will re-look at using. We spoke about what we can do to help more students, and ensure that all students become independent learners. On the picket line, we created our own professional development. We put kids first!
I love teaching! I’ve wanted to teach since I was a child myself, and I can’t imagine doing anything else besides working with students. I come to school every day with a smile on my face, and I leave with one too. Teaching is not a job for me: it’s my passion! I know that I share this passion with millions of other educators that constantly look out for the best needs of students. Yes, it was hard not being at school yesterday, but I’m glad that “school” still made its way to the picket lines!
What are your “positive teacher stories?” I hope that people will share their thoughts here.