The Gift of Teaching

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Performing this poem accompanied by Zack Ortiz @4410 in Haymarket, VA The Gift of Teaching By Charlotte Peyton   The greatest gift is to teach not because the lessons I create, the standardized tests that don’t reflect what I prea...

Performing this poem accompanied by Zack Ortiz @4410 in Haymarket, VA

The Gift of Teaching

By Charlotte Peyton

 

The greatest gift is to teach

not because the lessons I create,

the standardized tests that don’t reflect what I preach,

or the assignments, papers and projects that drown me,

but, because of what the students have taught me.

Hunger for knowledge,

compassion for their peers.

                                      open eyes,

                                                       ears,

                                                             hearts.

They have have changed the course of my life

160 kids a year,

                              seven years,

                                                    one thousand, one hundred and twenty changes small and large

 

Ms. Peyton ~

- my brother died,

- my father left,

- that hurts my feelings,

- why can’t I learn,

                           why don’t I understand?

- I’m struggling,

- I’ve met somebody,

- my heart is broken,

- I Did it!

- I GOT IN!!!

- I PASSED!

- I’m presidential candidate for 2036!

 

I’ve learned:

To be strong,

to work hard,

that kids do care,

there’s always another side of the story,

the lesson taken may have nothing to do with what I’ve taught

how to say ‘no.’

To stand up for what I believe, and more importantly what they believe.

I’ve learned so much by being a teacher.

 

I’ll never forget,

One thousand, one hundred, and twenty amazing lives who’ve taught me

How to be me.

 

Photographed with a group of my students at our last Open Mic Night

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