Beautiful Phenomenon

Check out the prompt over at Sunday Scribblings for this week. You'll find other thoughts about this topic as well.

We're supposed to discuss amazing phenomena that caught or does catch us. Gosh..there's just so many. I could go into those things that astonish and perplex me (like how people could actually feel sorry for Paris Hilton. But, I digress.). Instead, I would rather think about the phenomenon that gets me in the heart, every time.

I'm a high school librarian, by trade. I've always believed that my career is not a job, it's a calling. I was designed for this role, among others. While some may think that the most important part of my job is teaching and curriculum-based, I would disagree.

I'm a connection for the students that I work with. I'm someone who isn't harping them on to get school work done, or do their chores, or by golly pull your pants up. I just talk to them. I tell my colleagues that I have 1800 kids...and I care about all of them equally and to the best of my ability. Even when their behavior is unlovable.

I used to think, when I taught elementary school, that most amazing thing I got to see on a day to day basis was the "lightbulb" go on over a student's head. You know, when, after struggling and struggling, they suddenly GOT IT, whatever it was.

Now, it's when I look up to see who's standing at my office door and hear "Miss, can talk to you about something?" It means I got through to one of 'em. One of those 1800 kids has realized that someone gives a damn and isn't going to tell them what to do, but is going to listen and help them make choices. That's the phenomenon that makes what I do every day worth it. Why I go back.

I'm a librarian, which, by definition almost always means "book-pusher." That's the last part of my job. The first is loving those kids.
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8 Response to "Beautiful Phenomenon"

  1. ~Kathryn~ says:
    Jul 26, 2007, 3:49:00 AM

    such a worthy phenomenon
    and one that will continue to occur no doubt !!

  2. Crafty Green Poet says:
    Jul 27, 2007, 3:16:00 AM

    Excellent post. I taught for a couple of years and I know the 'lightbulb moment'.

  3. nonizamboni says:
    Jul 27, 2007, 10:28:00 AM

    I feel the same about working in libraries; it's all about making the connection. I would agree too that you were 'designed' for this job. Nice work!

  4. paisley Says:
    Jul 27, 2007, 10:41:00 AM

    what an absolutely lovely post... i love it that you are such an integral part of the phenomenon we call education... thee need to be more people in the field with a constitution like yours... thank you ....

  5. Paul says:
    Jul 28, 2007, 2:08:00 AM

    Great post and a wonderful tribute to librarians all over.

  6. gautami tripathy says:
    Jul 28, 2007, 7:56:00 AM

    I teach mathematics and there are 2500 students in our school. I consider all of them as my kids. I connect to them and they know they can call me at any time.

    The best part of teaching is the light bulb moment.

    Thanks for this very beautiful post.

  7. Gill says:
    Jul 28, 2007, 8:10:00 AM

    A beautiful post. It seems to me that those kids are privileged to have you as a teacher.

  8. Patois says:
    Jul 28, 2007, 3:14:00 PM

    I love that you're singing the praises of your calling. It must be wonderful to touch so many.

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