I Wish I Could Do More

I wish I could do more.
But it’s over.
It’s done.
Ten months together.
180 instructional days.
Three reports cards for each student.
Lots of time.
Quality time.
Time’s run out.
Time for summer vacation.
Time to part ways.
It came too soon.
It was a good year.
I wish I could do more
than just hope that I’ve done enough.

7 responses to “I Wish I Could Do More”

  1. The longer that you are in teaching, the more you will be reminded of just how much you do.

    The little ones will see you again years later and their eyes will still light up in recognition.

    They will point you out to their children. They will remember that you are the guy who took the extra time to help them with a hard subject, or who shushed the laughter when they came into class with a bad haircut, or who helped them develop a new interest that forever changed their life.

  2. I know what you mean. There are a few really excellent teachers that I have had over the years that I don’t think I will ever forget. They did a lot for me. I think by striving to be the best teacher that I can, that I am giving back to them in a way. But for some reason, it always feels like I could do more. I don’t know why.

  3. Teachers really play an important role, my biology teacher was the only one who believed in me when others said I wouldn’t get anywhere. I was on a downward spiral, and she helped me and pushed me in the right direction.

    Without her, I wouldn’t have made it to uni, or a good one at that. She helped with confidence, she made me go for heaps of competitions, she even gave me heaps of mental exercises to develop mental skills. I am greatly indebted to her, always.

    I think the fact that you feel that you could have done more for your kids, makes you a great teacher too. Perhaps someday a kid, just like me will thank you for believing in them and helping them in their lives.