“we have nothing to fear, but fear itself…” apologies to Mr. Churchill. I try my very best to make failure survivable in my classroom. It’s OK to fail. It’s OK to be wrong. It’s not OK to not try.
Sometimes I fantasize about making scarecrows of myself.
They’d wear jackets, ties, and expressions of thoughtful patience. I’d scatter them around my classroom—maybe even one every desk (if scarecrow manufacturers happen to give bulk discounts). And they’d work wonders for my students, because a lot of the time, the students don’t actually need me.
They just think they do.
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