Time to Write Now By Julaina Kleist-Corwin

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A Teacher Learns

The author is unknown, but a teacher intern I observed last night gave me 12 comments titled “I Didn’t Know”. They resonated with me since I was a classroom teacher for more than twenty-five years. I’ll post four at a time.

I didn’t know that years of school and a college degree would be of little consolation when facing a room full of bright little eyes on the first day of school. I thought I was ready…

I didn’t know that five minutes can seem like five hours when there is idle time and an eight hour school day far too short for a well-planned day of teaching…

I didn’t know that teaching children was only a fraction of my job. No one tells you about the conferences and phone calls, faculty meetings and committees, paperwork and paperwork…

I didn’t know that it took so long to cut out letters, draw and color pictures, laminate-all for those bulletin boards that were always “just there”…

As the writer continues, the love comes through. Next time have a box of tissues handy.


  1. What great comments. It is almost time for tissue now. I’ll send this along to my wife to share with her teacher friends.

  2. I don’t think that there is a higher calling than molding the mind of a child.

  3. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Cindy and George. I was on the panel last night evaluating intern teachers’ final project, a presentation and portfolio of their two to three years in our credentialing program. The “I Didn’t Know” paper was on the back cover of one of the intern’s portfolio. Several of us got teary from the beauty of the words and feelings that summed up her philosophy of teaching.

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