Can any teacher old or new relate to the story below?
Click-Clack, Click-Clack went
the shiny black boots, as the new teacher proceeded speedily down the corridors of the 6th
grade hallway early one morning. She felt a little bit
uncomfortable. "These boots I'm wearing are so noisy. I hope the clickity-clacking of
my shiny black boots doesn't disturb anyone!" she thought to herself.
She waved hello to a fellow
teacher and quickly opened the door to her classroom. The new teacher proceeded to turn on the
lights, computers, and smart board. For a moment she collapsed in her teacher's
chair, and glanced at her boots. She brought them closer, studying the size of
the heel, the shine of the leather, and the zipper on the side. She thought to
herself, "Sharp looking boots. I’m glad I got them out, but I am a little
worried I won’t make it through the day in these heels!”
Quickly the vibrations of students’
feet approached her classroom, and the new teacher quickly hopped up from her
chair and revved up for action. She greeted students gingerly, and said, “Good
The somber students,
begrudgingly retorted, "Good morning," and meandered to their seats, not
enthused for the day ahead.
Disappointed by the morning
greeting, the new teacher quickly paced the floor, knowing that swift action
was needed. Her shiny black boots swiftly went click-clack, click-clack around
the room. The echoing sound penetrated the classroom.
Upon hearing the deafening sound
made from the boots, students anxiously took out their binders, paper, and
pencils and got right to work on their first assignment. Click-clack,
click-clack, the shiny black boots guided the new teacher from student to student
ensuring that each one stayed on task.
"Wow!" thought the new teacher
curiously. “I wore my delightful grey sneakers on Monday, my fabulous flats on
Tuesday, and my comfortable clogs on Wednesday but the students only tittered
and slouched. On the other hand, today, Thursday, I stand wearing my shiny
black boots, and everything changed. Could it be that my shiny black boots are magical?”
Throughout the day the students stayed at the ready, watching the new
teacher’s slightest move around the classroom, listening to the click-clack of
the heel, wondering if she’d visit their desk next. The new teacher, exhilarated,
stretched her gait to match the heightened momentum within the classroom. As
the school day ended, she contemplated all of her students’ strong accomplishments.
With a sigh she wondered aloud, “This day has been truly amazing. The students
listened, did their work, and followed my lead every step of the way.”
The new teacher glanced down and studied her black boots one final time. “Thank
you shiny black boots, you are truly magical. I shall keep you always, shiny,
black, and new.”
The new teacher gathered her belongings and locked the door to her
classroom. Then she turned, and with a confident smile on her face, she hobbled
down the quiet 6th grade hallway listening to the click-clack, click-clack
of her magical shiny black boots echoing throughout the school.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
A New Teacher's Magical Shiny Black Boots
I'm a passionate middle grades teacher, and currently teaching 5th grade, I love all content areas because I enjoy learning, but my heart lies in ELA/Reading. I began this blog as a reflection tool, but my hope is that others might learn from my insights. Always know that with education, there will be different viewpoints. I may be passionate about my viewpoint, but I'd also love to know yours, too! Thank you for visiting, and wishing you all the best in your educational quest for ideas.