“Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.”
It is the end of the school year and along with the huge cheers from both students and teachers there are a few who have another reason to celebrate---retirement.
My younger sister is completing her exceptional career of teaching this week and will be sorely missed by the future generations who will never experience her unconventional science classes (I do believe deer brains/hearts were involved) or her enthusiastic zest for learning. Dull moments in the classroom were never allowed while she was at the helm and her success was due to her understanding of children and making the most of their innate curious natures.
I only witnessed this "kid whisperer" once in action when I saw her completely captivate her students as she explained a science experiment involving gravity or space or that science nerdy stuff that she loves. I obviously wasn't paying attention to the content but was enthralled with watching her students mesmerized by her explanation of the scientific phenomenon.
Little sister, take some advice from your older retired sibling and follow the wise words of J. Lubbock. You will bask in the glory of your much deserved free time as the next generation of teachers will have to rise to your high expectations of excellence in understanding what makes a child triumph in school.
"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time."
Congratulations on a job well done and well loved. Your next venture will continue in the full time form of quilt making, grandchildren spoiling and other interests of your heart.
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