Parent/Teacher conferences were this week. That makes for longs days in a long week, but at least I have a 4 day weekend coming up after that. Two other good things came up while I was parent-less this evening.
Mr. B was a history teacher at my school, who is taking a few years off to take care of a special-needs child of his. He was also one of the most favoritest teachers in the school. I kid you not when I tell you that at the end of the school year, after hearing his going away talk to his classes, the halls were filled (ok, not filled, but there were a few) with young girls crying. And not because he was the hot young teacher on the block, ‘cause he ain’t that type. The kids just loved him.
Well, today one of my students told me that I was his “new Mr. B".” I don’t flatter myself enough to think that I would have been able to knock him off his pedestal had he stayed at the school, but to be put up there after he vacated it, is quite an honor. One of those moments that make teaching worthwhile.
Earlier on in the evening, again while I was parentless, another student came over and wanted to play some songs from his Playlist.com playlist on the laptop I was using. He even had a small set of speakers so we could actually hear it. He’s one of my Academic Team students [ see you next Tuesday, Writer :) ], so I said ok, at least while there were no parents. He logs on, pulls up his playlist and I glanced at it, expecting to recognize one or, if I’m lucky, two songs. Hallelujah, I again have faith in the future of the human race. Out of 80 songs, there were less than 10 that I did not recognize. Bob Marley, Journey, REO Speedwagon, The Scorpions, Aretha Franklin, Quiet Riot, Billy Joel, CCR, The Beach Boys, The Who, Roy Orbison, Beethoven, Eagles, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Twisted Sister, Police, Johnny Cash (Ring of Fire), Def Leppard, Queen, Metallica, Elvis Presley (Hound Dog) and (yes, Writer) The Beatles. Looks a lot like my iPod playlist. Oh, and he didn’t just have them on there to look retro, we played some and he knew the words to them, at least the chorus.
Yes, it’s been a hell of a long day, but for those two things, it was worth it.