Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Add that to my resume...

Today a little guy had a "piece of candy" stuck in his tooth. He couldn't get it out and continued whining about it, so I sent him to the nurse. She sent back a note saying it was hopelessly stuck, nothing she could do, and he wasn't interested in letting her really try.

After about an hour of feeling pretty miserable (he said it felt like someone was punching him in the face) we were able to convince him that he should try floss.

To make a long story short, we were able to pull it out. Turns out it wasn't candy.. it was a piece of plastic that was REALLY stuck. Like.. took a lot of work to get it out.

When I finished? Another little guy turns to me and says, "You should be a dentist!"

In addition to teaching, caring for children, solving problems, keeping children safe, teaching them to read, and write, and do math, and nurturing a positive learning environment all while dealing with their special emotional/behavioral needs. I'm also a dentist.

I bet YOU didn't have to stick your hands in a 7 year olds mouth to pull out a piece of hard plastic. I know you're jealous.


littledaisymay said...

The things teachers do :)
I found this poem the other day while I was looking for some fun Thanksgiving activities..

I Am A Teacher

I am a counselor and psychologist to a problem-filled child,
I am a police officer that controls a child gone wild.
I am a travel agent scheduling our trips for the year,
I am a confidante that wipes a crying child's tear.
I am a banker collecting money for a ton of different things,
I am a librarian showing adventures that a storybook brings.
I am a custodian that has to clean certain little messes,
I am a psychic that learns to know all that everybody only guesses.
I am a photographer keeping pictures of a child's yearly growth,
When mother and father are gone for the day, I become both.
I am a doctor that detects when a child is feeling sick,
I am a politician that must know the laws and recognize a trick.
I am a party planner for holidays to celebrate with all,
I am a decorator of a room, filling every wall.
I am a news reporter updating on our nation's current events,
I am a detective solving small mysteries and ending all suspense.
I am a clown and comedian that makes the children laugh,
I am a dietician assuring they have lunch or from mine I give them half.
When we seem to stray from values, I become a preacher,
But I'm proud to have to be these people because ...
I'm proud to say, "I am a teacher."