Today we had the chance to watch Barak Obama's back to school speech. You can watch it here. Now whenever we watch something in fifth grade, it becomes second nature to scan the audience and move around the room to startle kids who are playing with their shoelaces, or who have their heads down, or who might be drawing cartoons in their notebooks. But today as I scanned the room, I noticed that every set of eyeballs was glued to the SMARTboard. And more than half of the fifth graders were taking notes. Not because they had to, or were asked, but because they felt it was important. In a country that is full of controversy, bias and debate, it was refreshing for me to see and hear their feelings about the speech...even at a young age.
"[Teachers] don’t do it for a fancy office. They don’t -- they sure don’t do it for the big salary. They do it for you. They do it because nothing gives them more satisfaction than seeing you learn. They live for those moments when something clicks; when you amaze them with your intellect or your vocabulary, or they see what kind of person you’re becoming. And they’re proud of you."