They Save Me

Like all mornings, the alarm on my cell phone pays no attention to my slumber and goes off anyway. I’ve changed the default ringtone of Radar to Ripples — it’s still annoying and elicits the same expletive from me.

Another Monday. Just three more Mondays.

Like going to the gym, the hardest part is getting there. Once I arrive at school, my mood is buoyant from the exchanges of greetings and smiles with the students.

I’m finishing up my 26th year in the classroom. Yet no two moments have been the same. Each kid unique, each class different, each interaction idiosyncratic. The kids are all lovely. They are all crazy. They ask great questions. They ask dumb questions. They know a lot more than we think. They know nothing. They are very kind. They are rude. They say funny things. They tell the worst jokes.

The briefest exchanges let me know that I’m in a good place.

Sometime during 2nd period:

At the start of 5th period:

Me: Please draw a rectangle, any size is fine.

J: You want us to do that now?

Me: No. Two hours from now.

K: Hehe. I love  your sarcasm, Ms. Win.

It’s been a rough year in my personal life. But I get to escape from it through these light moments with my students. They make me laugh. They make me fart. They save me from myself.

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  1. Posted May 23, 2016 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

    I need the rectangle by tomorrow. Thanks.

  2. Corey Fitchpatrick
    Posted May 25, 2016 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    It is refresh to hear your honesty in how you deal with students. Reading your blog ALWAYS helps me reflect and grow as a teacher and person. By the way, get that rectangular baklava to me any time.

    • Fawn
      Posted May 25, 2016 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

      Hey Corey. Your comment makes my heart expand, thank you so much for telling me. My favorite place to get baklava and gyros was a dive in northwest Portland (Oregon), unfortunately the place closed down. The best desserts are rectangular, no?

  3. Caryn Trautz
    Posted May 26, 2016 at 5:17 am | Permalink


    Have you ever written a book about your teaching experiences? If not, you should! I always get a huge chuckle from reading your exchanges with your students. It would be a best seller!! You should seriously think about it.

  4. Mark Grimm
    Posted June 28, 2016 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been reading your blog now for a few months…………………………..has anyone told you your’re a badass?

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