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School’s Out!
May 28, 2010

Wednesday afternoon I closed the door on room #171 and another school year. Rather than the typical “last day of school” euphoria, I felt relieved, accomplished, somewhat heavy, maybe a little numb. In many ways, my worst year ever. I had my most challenging mix of students . . . ever. Classrooms are bulging with students, many of whom detest the place, and can’t or won’t participate because of their own physical or academic challenges. Who in their right mind would create a classroom of 32 kids, 11 of whom are special needs, mix reading levels from 2nd grade up through college level, add in a few kids who have major emotional challenges and several who are retaking the class for the third time and call it okay, or even “best for the kids.” Bullshit!

On a more positive note, I made it and on more days than not, I was a damned good teacher! I developed relationships with kids. I convinced them that somebody cares. A few ended the semester pissed at me (a grade thing) some simply didn’t care for my style, and that’s okay, but many begged me to be their teacher next year, gave me notes of appreciation, and tons of hugs. That’s why I’m going back.

For now, I’m going to enjoy the number one perk that comes with teaching . . . Summer!

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Debi Dixon

Debi Dixon

The Universe is guiding me on an incredible adventure: my Plan B. I write here to share bits of my Odyssey, hopefully to inspire, encourage, or extend the virtual hand of friendship.

When I quit teaching in 2014, I could never have imagined the growth I would experience through travel, writing, reading, therapy, and introspection.

I believe human connection and compassion will go a long way toward our healing, and the best way to connect and feel compassion for one another is through the sharing of our stories.

Thank you for joining me here. I appreciate you and may we grow together.

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“You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.”
~Joseph Campbell

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