Ring Around the Rosie
Another school year has ended and teachers are yet again treated with the drama and antics of the culminating academic term. It is truly a spectacle of countless theatre masks, sad, happy and everything in between.
After the long months of reminders and follow-ups, finally the mother comes to school bringing with her the long-practiced dialogues and excuses just to let her child see a glimpse of hope in a not-so-bright future. Here comes the father, turning red with anger for a grade he thought that his child does not deserve.
Endless paper works coupled with hard-to-beat deadlines make us look zombies in a horror film. Action-packed scenarios with our boss and leaders make us always pull the trigger of patience and tolerance. Hot, humid days and a well-maintained dress code turn us into a high-wired robots in a sci-fi movie. Mistakes in printed reports that make you to do it all over again is oftentimes turned into comedy.
But how do we make our school year a happy ending? Sometimes parents become very appreciative that they send letters expressing how thankful they are in making their child change for the better. Most of the time they just become quiet, but silently thanking us for a job well done. Boss and leaders commending us for working hard and making sure to finish the job properly and on time.
No matter what kind of emotion we see in the office before the school year ends, we, teachers should always keep our cool and be professional. Most of all, what makes us go to school every single day despite of all of these circumstances is the affection and fondness that we receive from friends, co-teachers and colleagues which is most of the time better than a love story. Finally, vacation ends, another school year starts again and we keep ringing around the rosie.
--oo0oo-The author is Teacher I at Pampanga High School